Bell giving Greenpeace doc multiplatform launch

Canadian media giant Bell is launching feature doc How to Change the World across pay TV, SVOD and free-TV, starting early next month. The doc follows the story of Greenpeace, and the multiplatform launch will be timed to coincide with a United Nations climate conference in Paris. The film will debut on HBO Canada, a […]

eOne ties Rookie Blue producer to deal

Entertainment One Television has hooked long-term production partner ICF Films into a new multi-year agreement. Producer Ilana Frank’s ICF coproduces ABC procedural Rookie Blue (pictured) which has run for 74 episodes, and CTV’s Saving Hope, which has run for 67, with mini-studio eOne. Under terms of the new pact, eOne will serve as studio, deficit […]

Bell confirms new entertainment chief

Canada’s Bell Media has confirmed the appointment of Randy Lennox a day after news broke CTV programming chief Phil King had left the broadcaster. Lennox, who most recently was CEO and president of Universal Music Canada, has been named president, entertainment production and broadcasting. He will report directly to Bell president Mary Ann Turcke and […]

Programming chief exits CTV in rejig

Phil King has left his post as programming boss at Canadian network CTV as part of a management reshuffle. King (pictured) has been president of CTV and sports programming for parent company Bell Media since 2010 and is also its entertainment chief, but exits as part of a restructure implemented by new Bell president Mary […]

Rogers names veteran as media president

Canadian conglomerate Rogers Communications has hired broadcasting industry veteran Rick Brace as its new president of its media division. Brace is replacing Keith Pelley, who recently announced a move to become CEO and commissioner of golf’s European Tour after five years as president of Rogers Media. Brace is a 35-year veteran of Canada’s media business, […]

Canadian SVOD service adds Chromecast

Canadian SVOD service CraveTV has added Chromecast support, meaning its subs can now access the streaming service via the Google dongle. CraveTV is run by Bell the telco that also owns broadcaster CTV, which added Chromecast compatibility earlier this year. In a competitive Canadian SVOD scene, CraveTV becomes the first to add Chromecast support. It […]

Hulu goes to Wonderland with Beta

US streaming service Hulu is among buyers of the Beta Film-sold drama Wonderland. Beta has also secured deals with Bell Media’s CTV in Canada, the Hot platform in Israel, RTL in the Netherlands, TV2 in Norway, Viasat in the Baltic region and Fox International Channels in the Balkans. Negotiations in several other territories in Europe […]

Canada’s latest OTT service buys Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

CraveTV, the low-cost Canadian OTT service that launched this week, has acquired US hit drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. CraveTV, which was formerly known as Project Latte, is run by telco and media company Bell. In Canada it airs on free-to-air net CTV, which is owned by Bell. CraveTV has taken exclusive SVOD rights. Marvel’s […]

Channel 5 bags sought-after Batman spin-off Gotham

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has won the heated battle to acquire Gotham, Warner Bros.’s Batman original story series. Sources had indicated other competitiors such as BSkyB and on-demand service Amazon Prime Instant Video were in the running to acquire the series, which was the most-talked about among international executives at the LA Screenings in May. […]

Asia’s WarnerTV swoops for Gotham

Buzzy Batman origin story drama Gotham will be “fast-tracked” into Asia after pay channel WarnerTV acquired rights to the show. The series is set to launch on Fox in the US this fall before heading to Asian screens soon after, though the exact window was undisclosed. Turner Broadcasting System-operated WarnerTV scored its deal with Time […]