January 2009

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) along with broadcast partner, CTV, today announced St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador as the Host City for The 2010 JUNO Awards to be held April 15-18, 2010. This marks the second time St. John’s will host Canada’s Music Awards that encompasses four days of local festivities and popular JUNO Awards Weekend Events. The 39th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV, Sunday, April 18, 2010.

“The JUNO Awards have come full circle to arrive back in St. John’s following the great success of our visit here in 2002, and we at CARAS are thrilled to be returning to a city of such enthusiasm and rich musical tradition,” said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “2010 will mark the beginning of an exciting new city to city cycle for the JUNO Awards.”

“With the 2010 JUNO Awards, CTV will have broadcast this tremendous celebration of Canadian music from one coast to the other and back again,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “It was in St. John’s that CTV began our partnership with CARAS and started taking the show on the road, so next year’s broadcast has special meaning.”

“The return of The JUNO Awards to St. John’s is wonderful news for the music industry in this province whose members are firmly established on national and international stages,” said Premier Danny Williams. “We invite the country to celebrate with us in 2010 the extraordinary musical talent of both our province and the country as a whole. Our artists define who we are culturally and contribute substantially to the rich and diverse heritage of Canada, and we look forward to hosting this amazing award show.”

A strong bid was presented to CARAS and was awarded to St. John’s based on a combination of solid commitments from the municipal, provincial and federal governments, its first-class venues as well as its reputation as a city that embraces and promotes Canadian music and culture.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support The JUNO Awards, which have played a pivotal role in recognizing the careers of our nation’s most talented and emerging musicians,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “Our cultural industries are powerful drivers of economic growth that enrich education and help make vibrant, creative communities.”

St. John’s, known as The City of Legends, is surrounded by spectacular coastlines. Downtown St. John’s is a vital urban centre of arts and culture built on significant historic sites, charming streetscapes and exceptional entertainment venues.

“We are extremely delighted to host The JUNO Awards once again in St. John’s,” remarked Mayor Dennis O’Keefe. “We are proud of our reputation as a cultural capital, and this prestigious event affords us a tremendous opportunity to show the country why St. John’s is the place to be.”

Many venues in the surrounding area of St. John’s will host various JUNO Awards Weekend Events. Location and programming details will be announced at a later date.

The successful bid for The 2010 JUNO Awards in St. John’s received commitments from all levels of government totaling $1.5 million including $750,000 from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, $500,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and $250,000 from The City of St. John’s.

Brains and beauty…Canwest is pleased to announce that L’Oréal Paris has returned as the lead sponsor of the Gemini award-winning series Project Runway Canada, along with official fashion retailer and partner, Winners.

Debuting on Global Tuesday, January 27 – 10pm ET/PT, Project Runway Canada continues to raise the bar this season with an even bigger and better integrated sponsorship deal with L’Oréal Paris and Winners. The brands of the much-lauded beauty and fashion leaders will be strategically utilized across all mediums including in-show, on-air, online and in print throughout the duration of the series run on its premiere network, Global, and in encore presentations on SLICETM.

“Project Runway Canada, without a doubt, is the ideal program to showcase these two formidable brands. We couldn’t be more pleased to have L’Oréal Paris and Winners back on board for this all-new season,” said Errol Da-Ré, Executive Vice President of Sales, Canwest Broadcasting. “Both are considered significant entities in the beauty and fashion industries; and in conjunction with our hit reality series, this is truly a powerful combination.”

As official beauty partner, L’Oréal Paris shares its knowledge of the latest trends and brings hands-on makeup and hair expertise to designers and viewers throughout the competition. The in-show components feature consultations between the designers and the L’Oréal Paris’ team of experts as they create the makeup and hair looks that will complement the contestant weekly designs.

Brand new this season is the L’Oréal Paris “Ask an Expert” feature providing users professional one-on-one advice available on the official Project Runway Canada website on GlobalTV.com/runway. The site will also include enhanced profiles from L’Oréal Paris Beauty Experts Eddie Maleterre and Eric Del Monaco, model blog integrations highlighting key products for creating the designer’s model look, and as well, the online L’Oréal Paris beauty page presents a quick round-up of the week’s winning look.

“L’Oréal Paris is pleased to partner with Project Runway Canada for a second season. As fashion and beauty are united in all Fashionistas’ minds, this alliance is a natural fit and an unparalleled way to bring our brand to life,” said Anik Gagnon, Communications Director for L’Oréal Paris. “Our role as beauty expert to the contestants shines a spotlight on our longtime and on going commitment to supporting Canadian designers, most specifically in the case of Project Runway Canada in supporting up and coming talent.”

Through the courtesy of Winners, the designers have unlimited access to the Winners Accessory Wall that houses all the latest shoes, handbags, and jewelry to complete their looks for the design challenges. As well, in addition to sponsoring the season’s Photo Gallery on the official Project Runway Canada site (GlobalTV.com/runway), Winners further complements the series broadcast with online features of their weekly accessory selections with exclusive tips for fashionistas nationwide.

“Winners is thrilled to return as the retail sponsor of Project Runway Canada, offering the perfect finishing touches for the contestants’ designs via the Winners Accessory Wall,” commented Shannon Johnson, Manager of Public Relations and Sponsorships, Winners Merchants International. “Winners delivers the hottest designer labels in-store everyday, and we are proud to support the fashion leaders of the future.”

The first of 12 all-new episodes of Project Runway Canada on Global premieres next Tuesday at 10pm ET/PT. Supermodel Iman returns as the Host, with renowned Canadian designer, Brian Bailey as the series mentor.

“The L’Oreal Beauty Experts, led by Eddie and Eric, and the Winners Accessory Wall play an important and valuable role in the show. They provide legitimate, integral content that marries perfectly with Project Runway Canada.” says John Brunton, President and CEO of Insight Production Company Ltd.

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Project Runway Canada encores on SLICETM beginning Saturday, January 31 at 9pm and again on Mondays at 10pm ET/PT.

Hey ladies, there’s a new bachelor in town. Divorced after 15 years of marriage, newly-single painting contractor Gary Brooks (Jay Mohr, GHOST WHISPERER) embarks on life-after-matrimony in the half-hour comedy series GARY UNMARRIED premiering Monday, February 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Now, viewers will get a chance to catch GARY UNMARRIED from the start, when it joins CTV’s hilarious Monday night comedy block, scheduled between THE BIG BANG THEORY at 8 p.m. ET and TWO AND A HALF MEN at 9 p.m. ET. CORNER GAS rounds out the two-hour comedy block at 9:30 p.m. ET.

GARY UNMARRIED follows the exploits of Gary as he attempts to navigate single life while keeping up a civil relationship with his ex-wife, Allison (Paula Marshall, CALIFORNICATION). Together they share custody of their two children, Louise (Kathryn Newton, ALL MY CHILDREN) a politically correct and environmentally conscious 11-year-old, and Tom (Ryan Malgarini, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE) their socially awkward 14-year-old son.

Charming but acerbic, Gary hasn’t dated anyone since his marriage dissolved. When he finally connects with Vanessa (Jaime King, THE CLASS), a single mother whose condo he was hired to paint, Gary dreads telling Allison because it doesn’t fit within their marriage counselor’s guidelines. That all changes, however, when Allison tells him that she’s engaged to their marriage , Dr. Krandall (Ed Begley, Jr., Pineapple Express). Now, all bets are off, as he begins his pursuit of post-marriage happiness. In GARY UNMARRIED, Gary must balance his ex-wife, their two kids, their marriage counsellor, and his gorgeous new girlfriend.

In the premiere episode, airing Monday, February 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET, Gary comes to terms with the news of his ex-wife’s engagement, while trying to navigate fatherhood and a new love interest of his own.

In the second episode, “Gary Gets Boundaries”, airing Monday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET, Gary and Allison realize they’re acting the same as they did when they were married, and it becomes clear that they need to establish new boundaries in their relationship.

GARY UNMARRIED is executive-produced by creator Ed Yeager (DHARMA & GREG) and executive producer Ric Swartzlander (SAMANTHA WHO?).

Chatting with dead people, seeing the future and reading minds is all in a day’s work when MEDIUM returns for a fifth bone-chilling season, Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (NBC simulcast), beginning February 2 on ‘A’ (visit Atv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison DuBois, the critically-acclaimed series reveals how DuBois uses her psychic abilities to assist the district attorney’s office solve violent crimes. Starring Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette (Stigmata), who nabbed the prestigious award in 2005 for Outstanding Lead Actress in the series, MEDIUM follows this compelling wife and mother who struggles to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people.

Last season left off with Allison’s abilities being made public, putting a strain on both her family and professional life. The fifth season opens with her family’s world returning to normalcy in the wake of her psychic outing.

In the premiere episode, “Soul Survivor,” airing Monday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Allison (Patricia Arquette) tries to help Devalos (Miguel Sandoval, ALIAS) solve the recent murder of his friend’s sister. Her dreams keep pointing to the friend’s first husband, Nathan, who died in a car accident two years ago. The case takes an unexpected turn once she learns more about the woman’s current husband, Joel (guest star Max Casella, THE SOPRANOS). Meanwhile, Bridgette (Maria Lark) is sent to the principal’s office for drawing nude pictures of her art teacher.

To honour the life of the recently departed legendary actor Ricardo Montalban, TV Land Canada pre-empts its previously scheduled programming this weekend to air a special 60-hour FANTASY ISLAND marathon. Starting Friday, January 23 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, viewers can watch Montalban in one of his most famous and beloved roles, the suave and debonair Mr. Roarke.

Welcome to FANTASY ISLAND! Each week, two guests travel to FANTASY ISLAND to get their wish/fantasy fulfilled by their mysterious host, the white-suited Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban). Mr. Roarke would do the impossible and grant them their wishes; however, not without a twist that would allow the guest to learn something about themselves. The show proved popular enough to go the distance, lasting for seven seasons and even spawning a brief revival in the 1990s. The series also starred Hervé Villechaize.

In addition to his lead role on FANTASY ISLAND, Montalban enjoyed an impressive and varied film career, doing everything from battling Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan as Khan, to battling Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun. Over the course of his more than 60-year career, Montalban appeared in over 150 films and television series, including: GUNSMOKE, BONANZA, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, I SPY, and HAWAII FIVE-O and most recently lent his voice for work for the animated KIM POSSIBLE, FAMILY GUY, and The Ant Bully.

During his lengthy career, Montalban also worked as an activist, founding the Nosotros Foundation, which aimed to improve the opportunities for Latinos to find work in Hollywood.

When major events happen at home or abroad, Canadians turn to CTV. This was proven once again yesterday when 78% more viewers tuned into the CTV NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: THE INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA, than coverage on CBC or Global combined. A total of 841,000 viewers watched the coverage on CTV from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., while 236,000 viewed on CBC and 236,000 also viewed on Global.

“The numbers are undeniable, Canadians turned to CTV more than any other Canadian broadcaster for coverage of this monumental event,” said Robert Hurst, President of CTV News and Current Affairs.

CTV’s coverage of the inauguration began at 10 a.m., while CBC and Global began their coverage an hour later at 11 a.m. The three-hour special delivered nearly two and half times the average audience for that time period. CTV’s Inauguration coverage peaked at more than one million viewers at 12:26 p.m.

Meanwhile, CTV’s online coverage of the inauguration saw 575,000 unique visitors to CTV.ca yesterday, almost double the daily average, while video coverage, including live streaming of the inauguration itself, increased 148% to 636,000 video views.

House, one of the nation’s highest rated and most watched programs, returned to primetime last night – easily winning both its new time slot and the night.

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Over 2.3 million (Nat 2+) viewers watched the show

– 1.2 million viewers in the prized A18-49 demo

– House easily won the night in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, both 2+ and A18-49

Tune in to four inspiring and courageous tales of perseverance in the face of adversity. Visit an experimental boarding school in Kenya, take part in a gruelling race along side a live volcano, see the challenges faced by a young man in pursuit of his dream and witness the journey along the Underground Railroad as OLN embraces the human spirit this February.

“OLN is proud to offer viewers personal and inspiring stories from around the world during Black History Month” commented Alain Strati, VP Specialty TV & Development, Rogers Media Television.

Boys of Baraka
Saturday, February 7 at 8pm ET/PT
Boys of Baraka focuses on a generation of inner-city kids abandoned by society. Growing up in Baltimore, they are all too aware of their bleak statistics – 61 per cent of the city’s African-American boys fail to graduate from high school; 50 per cent of them end up in jail. Destiny comes to 16 boys including Richard, Romesh, Montrey and Devon, with a unique twist – a chance to attend an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya. This is an opportunity for these young men to change their lives by gaining educational confidence by graduating from high school as well as sharing a unique and memorable experience together. See their incredible transformation in Boys of Baraka.

Volcanic Spirit
Saturday, February 14 at 8pm ET/PT
Volcanic Spirit shares the story of Africa’s most difficult mountain race – the ‘Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope’ and the local athletes who risk everything to compete. The town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts the challenging marathon-length sprint – 10,000 feet up and down a live volcano! Almost fifty per cent of those who start the race will not finish, but those who persevere have the chance to win more than the average yearly salary in Cameroon. For these dedicated competitors, Mt. Cameroon is not just a race, it’s their only shot at achieving wealth and fame. Follow fierce competitors such as Sarah Etonge (five-time champion and mother of seven) on their journey to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Year of the Bull
Saturday, February 21 at 8pm ET/PT
Meet Taureen Charles – the All-American team captain of the Miami North Western Bulls and blue-chip prospect for the NFL. Year of the Bull is a candid look in to Taureen’s life, his struggle to get out of the inner-city and his determination to qualify for a Division One collegiate football program. Taureen believes that football will enable him to provide a better life for him and his family. His journey is not without its complications – disappointing SAT scores, peer pressure, internal struggles, state-wide media attention, and immense pressure to succeed – and Taureen must face some difficult dilemmas and important decisions. Year of the Bull begs the ultimate question for struggling young athletes: What matters most…SAT scores or the final score of the game?

A Thousand Miles to Freedom
Saturday, February 28 at 8pm ET/PT
A Thousand Miles to Freedom is the story of Canada and The Underground Railroad. For more than 40,000 African Americans living in the United States, the Underground Railroad became a term synonymous with freedom — freedom in a place called Canada, “The Promised Land.” A Thousand Miles to Freedom brings viewers the Canadian perspective on this grueling trek out of oppression revealing the past through the eyes of those who lived it.

YouTube, Perez Hilton and Will Ferrell and friends take cover — ‘cause Canada’s most powerful weapon, comedy, is cocked, loaded, and ready to launch online! The Comedy Network has issued a call to arms as it opens its virtual gates to UPLOAD YOURS, Canada’s user-generated, comedy video website and interactive comedy community, created by Canadians, for Canadians, at uly.thecomedynetwork.ca.

Canada has always been recognized for its trail-blazing comedy. Despite this distinction, for years Canadians have had to share video of their unique points of view on foreign sites — but no longer! The Comedy Network has listened to pleas for a comedy arena that truly represents our distinctive humour, and the response is UPLOAD YOURS, ground zero for homegrown comedy. At UPLOAD YOURS, webisode makers, on-line spoofers and stand-up warriors can upload videos. Meanwhile, arm-chair critics, and trend-spotting bloggers can rant or rave about talents and posers, create unique profiles, or just observe the ever-changing landscape of Canadian comedy.

“Canadians have always stood out as the global class clowns,” said The Comedy Network’s head honcho, Ed Robinson. “Hence it’s only fitting that The Comedy Network – which prides itself in the investment of its home-grown talent – provide a playground for them to school the rest of the world about Canadian comedy.

To kick-start the launch of UPLOAD YOURS, The Comedy Network presents “Worst Gig Ever”, a series of shorts exclusive to UPLOAD YOURS in which nine of Canada’s funniest comedic talents, including MuchMusic VIDEO ON TRIAL pundits Debra DiGiovanni, Laurie Elliott, and Darrin Rose recount side-splitting tales of their most harrowing gigs. To check out “Worst Gig Ever” or become part of this Canadian comedic counsel, simply log onto uly.thecomedynetwork.ca and create a profile.

For those who’ve got balls big enough to broadcast their own comedic assets with a video, click “upload”, enter a description of the video, and let hilarity ensue…or not! The community of comedy “counsellors” on UPLOAD YOURS is free to rule their virtual comedy world with their own cutting comments! Or, at the very least, to let everyone know if a video has got balls or no balls on UPLOAD YOURS’ unique rating system.

Here’s how the rating system works:
1-15% – Itty Bitty Balls (worst video)
16-40% – Blue Balls
41-65% – Middlin’ Diddlin’ Balls
66-90% – Flaming Donkey Balls
91-100% – Monster Balls (best video)

Whether you got balls or no balls, get into UPLOAD YOURS to show the world why no one knows funny quite like Canada!

Laughter is the best medicine, and in the cold, winter months, Canadians are tuning into Global for their weekly dose of hilarity with the all-new prankster series, Howie Do It.

Airing Fridays – 8pm ET/PT, the new original series stars Canadian icon and the ultimate prankster himself, Howie Mandel.

Howie Do It has experienced audience growth week over week for Adults 18-49 in the key Toronto and Vancouver markets.

The data highlights are as follows:

HOWIE DO IT WEEK #2

· Averaged 108,000 viewers A18-49 over the hour in Toronto market, beating nearest competitor Ghost Whisperer by 11%
· Averaged 41,000 viewers A18-49 over the hour in Vancouver market, beating Ghost Whisperer by 25%
· 34% increase in viewership week over week in Toronto
· 86% increase in viewership week over week in Vancouver