Bell takes Wow stake in equity swap deal

Canada’s Bell Media has taken a 12% stake in compatriot kids company Wow! Unlimited Media as part of an equity swap agreement. The deal sees Wow acquiring a Category B specialty network licence from Bell in exchange for an equity stake worth C$6.87 million (US$5.64 million). This will see Wow launching a branded linear network […]

Cosentino rises as Bell reshuffles top team

Canadian media giant has placed Mike Cosentino in charge of English-language programming and SVOD service CraveTV as part of a wider reshuffle. Bell has promoted Cosentino (pictured), production chief Nanci MacLean and TSN president Stewart Johnston to new positions after Stuart Garvie moved to become CEO of GroupM Canada. The changes come six months after […]

Canada’s CraveTV orders OTT original

CraveTV has ordered What Would Sal Do?, a slacker comedy about a guy who discovers he is the second coming. The 8x30mins comedy will be written by Andrew De Angelis (Orphan Black) and is the Canadian OTT service’s third Canada-originated original. It hails from New Metric Media, which made LetterKenny, CraveTV’s first ever original, and […]

James Bond spies Canadian SVOD deal

CraveTV has scooped the rights to the James Bond library of films, giving it classic and upcoming movies featuring the famous British spy. Canadian SVOD service CraveTV, which is ultimately owned by telco Bell, has inked a programming deal with MGM for the 007 Collection, which covers 50 years of Bond and includes films featuring […]

Doomed Canuck SVOD net ‘neared 1m subs’

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has come close to attracting 900,000 subscribers, it has revealed after this week deciding to close the net down. Shomi parents Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications this week decided to shutter the SVOD net in the face of stiff market competition. However, Shomi’s senior, VP and general manager, David Asch, said […]

Shomi shutters amid ‘challenging’ SVOD market

Canadian subscription video-on-demand player Shomi will close on November 30. Its cableco parents, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, said the Netflix competitor was closing for a plethora of reasons. Their decision makes Shomi the latest well-financed SVOD platform to shutter. Vivendi chose to end German service Watchever in July to focus on mobile platform Studio+. A Shomi […]

CraveTV takes Rolling Stones to SVOD

Canadian SVOD service CraveTV has snagged the rights to The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America. CraveTV gets exclusive rights to the film, which follows the legendary rock band 2016 tour through 10 Latin American cities including their historic gig in the Cuban capital, Havana. The SVOD service also acquired a […]

Netflix, Bell board new Star Trek

Netflix has taken exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming CBS All Access Star Trek drama series in 188 territories, while Bell Media has landed it in Canada. Additionally, Netflix has officially confirmed a deal with CBS Studios International to take all 727 existing Star Trek back catalogue episodes from series including Star Trek: The Original […]

CTV scoops LA Screenings series

CTV has picked up several of the Hollywood studios new season shows that launched at the LA Screenings. The broadcaster has taken linear rights and SVOD in many cases, meaning series can also go out on CraveTV. Announcing its new season slate, the Bell-owned free TV net revealed it has acquired Sony Pictures Television’s crime/legal […]

CraveTV orders Indian Detective original

Canadian SVOD service CraveTV has ordered Russell Peters is the Indian Detective, its second original series. The streaming service is part Bell Media, which also owns broadcaster CTV, and Russell Peters is the Indian Detective will be produced in partnership with the free TV net. The show was created by Frank Spotnitz (Man in the […]

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