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GlassBOX Television announces the appointment of Vanessa Case to Executive Vice President, Programming. Vanessa comes to GlassBOX with over 17 years experience in programming and scheduling within the broadcast industry.

“Having Vanessa join our executive team is another step towards our vision of building a strong content-rich media company,” said Raja Khanna, CEO, GlassBOX Television. “Her extensive programming experience and track record of successfully growing specialty Television audiences will be a huge asset to our brands and we welcome her to the GlassBOX team.”

Vanessa comes with a solid strategic programming background from Shaw Media where she oversaw the specialty channel programming and scheduling asboth Senior Director and as Vice President of Content. She’s managed such specialty channels as HGTV, History, Slice, TVtropolis, National GeographicChannel, BBC and the conventional channel E!.

Her experience and insight will be an asset to GlassBOX and will bode well for its three growing channels – Travel+Escape, Bite TV and AUX TV. Vanessa will oversee the programming and scheduling of the channels’ acquisition and original content.

Vanessa joins the GlassBOX team on Monday, March 5th and will be working out of the company’s head office in Toronto.

irresistible human stories and science fiction … a philosophic review of a compelling debut


In-depth audio interview with FlashForward author Robert J. Sawyer (no spoilers – just lots of great background information)


These difficult economic times have many investors asking how to recession proof their portfolios. Beginning February 2, BNN premieres YOUR MONEY MONTH, a special series throughout February delivering a daily line up dedicated to helping investors set goals to build a sound and secure financial future in 2009.

Online, BNN.ca features complete coverage of YOUR MONEY MONTH content with the best financial hints, tips and strategies from experts and BNN’s on-air team.

BNN’s YOUR MONEY MONTH daily highlights break down as follows:

Weekdays from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET daily.
BNN’s popular morning program MARKET MORNING premieres three new segments exclusively for YOUR MONEY MONTH, including:

• POWER PORTFOLIO –10:20 a.m. ET
BNN’s top financial experts and industry leaders respond to viewer questions surrounding personal investment portfolios to take advantage of market recovery and guidelines for new investors.

• THE FUND REPORT – 10:50 a.m. ET
For the risk-averse BNN explores all aspects of managed funds. From Mutual Funds to Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), BNN’s THE FUND REPORT delivers information on what the best and worst performers are and how to create your personalized fund strategy for investment success.

MAKING $ENSE – 11:20 a.m. ET
This 101 course on the market educates investors on the sometimes complicated often confusing nuances of the investment world.

Weekdays at 2:20 p.m. ET
BNN brings together the best hints, tips and strategies from the YOUR MONEY MONTH special coverage.

Mondays at 11:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m. and 12 a.m.
Every Monday in February, Larry Berman – one of the industry’s top technical and fundamental analysts – will makeover the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) portfolios of three lucky viewers! Viewers can enter to receive their free ETF MAKEOVER by e-mailing yourmoneymonth@bnn.ca or bermanscall@bnn.ca .

Fridays at 11:30 a.m. ET
There’s no denying that tax season is fast approaching. With the RRSP deadline on March 2 and personal income taxes due April 30, BNN encourages viewers to get a head start by tackling viewer’s tax related question about how to maximize tax returns.

Real Estate Week on YOUR MONEY MONTH Includes:

February 23 – 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET
A home is the largest investment many Canadians will ever make. During the final week of YOUR MONEY MONTH, Kim Parlee and Andrew Bell, hosts of THE CLOSE, provide and in-depth look at the Canadian housing sector.

• Monday, February 23 – Overall House Market Picture
Property was once considered to be one of the safest investments consumers could make, but times have changed. BNN’s Kim Parlee and Andrew Bell examine today’s housing market while experts weigh in on how low the market can go and whether now is the right time to buy that dream house or vacation property.

• Tuesday, February 24 – Cross-Canada Regional Breakdown
Find out how real estate stacks up from city-to-city. BNN reporters team up with real estate experts and look at local real estate markets from coast to coast.

• Wednesday, February 25 – Condo Crash
BNN asks developers from major cities across Canada if the market has reached its saturation point and what the recession will mean for condo developers and individuals who want to enter or exit condo ownership.

• Thursday, February 26 – Real Estate Investment Opportunities
Housing prices are at a low, but is now the time to buy that investment property south of the border? Discover the legal issues you need to know when buying a U.S property and where the hot destinations are to buy. WestJet CEO, Sean Durfy joins BNN to talk about his recent house purchase in Palm Springs.

• Friday, February 27 – Taking the Real Estate Plunge
Find out what to you need to know about buying and selling in this recession market, including what the average investor can do to get the best deals and what home buyers can do to negotiate the best mortgage rates possible.

On the same day that The Dominion Institute has released online survey results indicating that only 50% of young Canadian voters “definitely” plan to vote, ichannel announces a new show targeted to the voting issues of that age group.

The What Is: Election 2008! is a half hour special that “provides context to youth issues and deals with the perception of voter apathy amongst young people”, according to the show’s producers Vince Kesavamoorthy and Alan So. The program includes a satirical sketch, a man-on-the-street segment, a roundtable panel discussion, and is written and hosted by award-winning comedian and filmmaker Dan Speerin, who provides his satirical perspective on issues that matter most to Generation Y.

The Executive Director of The Dominion Institute Marc Chalifoux will appear on the panel discussion, as will Navdeep Bains, Liberal MP for the riding of Mississauga-Brampton South and Youth Caucus Liaison for the Liberal Party. Representatives from the Conservative and NDP parties have also been invited to partake in the round-table.

ichannel’s announcement about the special television presentation comes on the heels of the release of The Dominion Institute’s online survey of young voters conducted September 10th to 15th. While seventy-five percent of 18 to 25 year olds polled were concerned about low turnout among young voters, 30% said they “aren’t informed enough to cast their own vote”. Eleven percent are “too busy” and another 11% “don’t care”. Only fifty percent “definitely plan to vote”. In the 2006 federal election, 57% planned to vote, but only 44% actually ended up attending the polls on election day.

The What Is: Election 2008! airs Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET and PT. The producers promise the show to be a real voice for Generation Y in this federal election. The program was produced for ichannel by Not Like Us Productions, the creative young minds behind the indie television series “Twixters” as well as the Cynically Tested Channel on MySpace and YouTube.

For a complete listing and schedule of ichannel’s fall shows, visit www.ichannel.ca. ichannel is available by subscription from cable and satellite providers across Canada.

BNN, Canada’s trusted source for breaking business news and global market information, announced today the relaunch of its Web site, live now at BNN.ca. New features on the site include breaking business news, comprehensive coverage of global market activity from a Canadian perspective and a new video player that will hold a more extensive library of BNN interviews and reports.

BNN also announced today a new contest called “The BNN $25,000 Challenge.” Viewers are encouraged to go to BNN.ca and answer daily questions for the chance to win a grand prize of $25,000, to be deposited in an E*TRADE Canada account, or one of three weekly prizes valued at $5,000 (or the cash equivalent). The questions centre on content found on BNN.ca. “The BNN $25,000 Challenge” runs from May 26 to June 13, with the winner being announced during the week of July 7.

BNN.ca also boasts blogs brimming with valuable insight and timely business information from BNN’s stable of highly-regarded reporters, commentators and analysts including Kim Parlee, Andy Bell, Amanda Lang, Jon Erlichman, Michael Hainsworth, Marty Cej and Niall McGee.

“Our viewers expect to find breaking news and up-to-the-minute international business information from BNN, and after testing out these new features over the past month we are confident that this revamped site will enhance that service,” said Jack Fleischmann, General Manager of BNN – Business News Network. “Through new features like our blogs, viewers will also become better acquainted with their favourite BNN personalities.”

BNN.ca will also provide constant ticker information from all major Canadian, U.S. and international stock markets. The site will also spotlight company profiles, economic forecasting and analysis, segments on personal finance and interactive features that will get visitors involved.

reviews of the first 8 episodes of Lost Season 4 … each review recorded minutes after its broadcast in the U.S. … Lost 4 and 8: the podcast

and … blog post reviews of every episode of Lost Season 4 start here


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TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ – This is the real deal, case closed. Global
Television’s original production of Deal or No Deal Canada is 2007’s biggest
TV success story, finishing its five-episode run as the country’s number one
new series and top Canadian series, with audiences larger than last summer’s
Canadian Idol.
On TV and online, Canadians embraced the Deal or No Deal Canada

<< DEAL OR NO DEAL CANADA - No.1 New Series in total viewers of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 2,020,000 viewers (Global) 2. Heroes - 1,320,000 (Global) 3. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader - 1,313,000 (Global) - No.1 New Series in key demo Adults 18-49 of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 898,000 viewers (Global) 2. Heroes - 894,000 (Global) 3. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader - 746,000 (Global) - No.1 Canadian Show in total viewers of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 2,020,000 viewers (Global) 2. Corner Gas - 1,424,000 (CTV) 3. Little Mosque - 1,069,000 (CBC) - No.1 Canadian Show in A18-49 of the 2006-2007 season-to-date: 1. Deal or No Deal Canada - 898,000 viewers (Global) 2. Corner Gas - 576,000 (CTV) 4. Little Mosque - 367,000 (CBC) - Deal or No Deal Canada's total viewership was higher than last summer's edition of CTV's Canadian Idol (1.8 million). - In all 3 major markets (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary), Deal or No Deal Canada ranks as one of the spring's Top 20 programs among total viewers and the only Canadian program in the Top 20 for A18-49. - 'Canada's Case Game', the mobile and online game broadcast during 4 episodes of Deal or No Deal Canada, received over 750,000 entries overall.