Bell Media

BELL MEDIA - LogoAstral has officially joined forces with Bell Media after the latter’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Astral Media Inc.

“Our union with Astral is full of opportunity for our audiences, our industry, and our team members,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media.

“Our objective is to create content and build brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. We will deliver on our commitment to provide world-class content to our listeners and viewers, as we make significant investments in the Canadian broadcasting system.”

BELL MEDIA - LogoBell Media has announced the launch of Bravo Go, its first TV Everywhere product.

Bell Media is the first Canadian broadcaster to offer live streaming, current season VOD, and library VOD as a single product offering. With Bravo GO, viewers will be able to access a live stream of Bravo Canada’s broadcast channel, and more premium on-demand programming than ever before.

Bravo GO is now available to TV service providers. Bravo GO is the first of many next-generation, multiplatform Bell Media TV Everywhere products, with other flagship brands scheduled to follow in the months to come including CTV, CTV News, TSN, RDS, Discovery and more. Continue reading »

Bell Media has confirmed it is the lead partner for the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.

As part of the deal, the company will have naming rights for the ‘Beast Comedy Program or Series’ category.

The awards, which will take place on March 3, 2013, will be celebrated during a week-long festival in Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to sponsor the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, which spotlights outstanding achievements in Canadian film, television, and digital media and proudly puts homegrown productions front-and-centre,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. Continue reading »

Bell has announced an expansion of its sports coverage on Bell Mobile TV.

NBA TV Canada and NBA on TSN have been added to the service, giving customers access to games and original shows such as NBA game Time, Open Court and The Jump.

NBA on TSN will also allow customers to watch the NBA All0-Star Games, Playoffs, and the Finals, as well as extensive coverage of the Toronto Raptors.

“Bell Mobile TV’s addition of non-stop basketball action from NBA TV Canada and NBA on TSN means keeping up with your favourite sports, anytime, anywhere, just got better,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Residential Services, and Bell’s Chief Brand Officer. Continue reading »

Bell Canada has been revealed as the new premier partner of the Canadian Soccer Association.

As part of the agreement, the broadcaster’s logo will feature on all national team kits, across all age groups, and all of Canada’s FIGA World Cup qualifiers will be available live on Bell Mobile TV.

“We couldn’t ask for a better partner,” Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the CSA, said in a statement. “Bell is one of Canada’s most recognized brands with a long history of supporting Olympic and amateur sports. We are excited that Bell will be more closely involved with the world’s most popular game which has seen unprecedented growth in popularity here in Canada.” Continue reading »

Bell Media has announced plans to launch a new Canadian competitor to Netflix and other US-based online TV and movie streaming services.

The service would be made available on any device and would feature the best of Canadian and international movies from Astral’s HBO Canada and The Movie Network, as well as other content from Bell.

“(It’s) a made-in-Canada service — available in English and French everywhere we have rights — to all Canadians through the cable, satellite or IPTV provider of their choice,” said Bell CEO George Cope.

“The Canadian system needs companies with the scale to compete against foreign content companies like Netflix, Apple, Google and Amazon. Continue reading »

Independent cable television distributors are the latest group to join the opposition against the Bell takeover of Astral Media.

“If Bell is permitted to continue down this path, one of the first results will be the disappearance of small cable and telephone TV distributors, including many community cooperatives, municipalities and First Nations groups that serve rural and remote communities,” Alyson Townsend, head of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc. said in a statement.

The CCSA is comprised of 110 small telecom and cable distributors, all of whom oppose the bid.

Should Bell acquire the Montreal-based Astral, it would under-line its place as the country’s largest TV and media entity. Continue reading »

A public campaign has been launched by rivals of Bell Media owner BCE over the takeover of Astral Media.

Quebecor, Eastlink and Cogeco Cable said in a statement that if the deal goes ahead Bell would control all of the popular Canadian TV content and be able “to charge consumers any price they want to watch it”.

They also say that consumers may be forced into paying for Bell channels they don’t want to watch.

“Bell Canada’s proposed merger with Astral Media Inc poses a serious threat to the health of the Canadian broadcasting industry,” said Quebecor president Pierre Karl Peladeau. Continue reading »

Bell Media, once again has been recognized as the leading Canadian broadcaster at the 2011 Promax|BDA Awards held on June 30 in New York.

The Bell Media Agency (formerly known as The CTV Creative Agency) was honoured with 41 medals recognizing excellence in promotion and design, which includes 25 Promax|BDA Promotion and Marketing Awards and 16 Promax|BDA Design Awards.

The Bell Media Agency also took home 18 awards at the Promax|BDA LOCAL Station Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 9. An impressive combined total win of 59 medals, Bell Media leads the country with more medals than all other Canadian competitors combined and is notably the only leading winner out of the major award winners (which includes HBO, Showtime and NBC Universal) whose work is entirely conceived and created in-house. 

Promax|BDA is the worldwide association of entertainment marketers, promoters and designers, representing more than 500 television stations and all major broadcast and cable networks from the U.S. as well as more than 3,000 individual members in 70 countries. The association provides members with education, recognition and interaction through conferences, award competitions and publications as well as networking opportunities. 

For the BDA Design portion of the awards, honouring the best in North American design, The Bell Media Agency captured 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, as well as 4 BDA World Gold, 3 World Silver and 2 World Bronze awards representing the best in international television design and promotion. For Promax North America, which represents Promotion and Marketing, Bell Media garnered 5 Gold Medals, 9 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals. As well as 2 Promax World Gold, 4 Silver World and 2 World Bronze awards for World Promotion and Marketing. 

“Congratulations to everyone at the The Bell Media Agency for picking up a remarkable 59 awards at this year’s Promax|BDA Awards,” said Rick Lewchuk, Senior Vice-President, Bell Media Agency and Brand Strategy. “With wins across Bell Media’s diverse platform of networks including CTV, Discovery, TSN, MuchMusic, MTV, Bravo!, BNN, SPACE and CP24, the awards represent a collaborative effort from an incredible team whose creativity continues to amaze me on a daily basis.”

 

Below is a complete list of the 2011 Promax|BDA Design, Promotion and Marketing Awards for Bell Media:

 

CTV (16 Awards)

 

WORLD GOLD

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM PROMOTION – INTERACTIVE – CTV -THE BIG BANG THEORY

 

WORLD GOLD

3D PROMOTIONAL OR SALES KIT – CTV – YOUR OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE

 

WORLD GOLD

NEWS/INFORMATION PROGRAM CAMPAIGN – CTV BC – WORKING FOR YOU FALL CAMPAIGN

 

WORLD GOLD

SPORTS: OPEN/TITLES – CTV: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES OPEN

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

PROGRAM PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN IN HOUSE – CTV SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: CAMPAIGN –SPORTS – CTV: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

 

WORLD SILVER

STUNT PROMOTION OVERALL USING INTEGRATED MEDIA – CTV – THE BIG BANG THEORY

 

WORLD SILVER

FOLDED PIECE – CTV: FLASHPOINT – A BULLET TO THE HEART

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: ON-AIR ILLUSTRATION – CTV: THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW BUMPER

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

VIRAL/WEB/USER GENERATED CONTENT – CTV THE BIG BANG THEORY

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

SPECIAL PROJECT AWARD – CTV – BELIEVE VIDEO

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

BEST COLLABORATIVE EFFORT – CTV: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

 

WORLD BRONZE

CAMPAIGN DESIGN: TOPICAL ON-AIR ONLY – CTV: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

 

NORTH AMERICAN BRONZE

FOLDED PIECE – CTV: FLASHPOINT – A BULLET TO THE HEART

 

NORTH AMERICAN BRONZE

STUNT PROMOTION – CTV- THE BIG BANG THEORY VIDEO BOOTHS

 

NORTH AMERICAN BRONZE

ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: SPECIAL EVENTS PROMO – NEWS – YOUR VOTE

 

MUCHMUSIC (10 Awards)

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT PROMOTION – MUCHMUSIC – MMVA TEASER

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

GENERAL BRANDING/IMAGE SYNDICATOR – MUCHMUSIC – LIGHTS

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

BEST DIRECTING – MMVA OPEN

 

WORLD SILVER

INTERSTITIAL/ADVERTISER INTEGRATION/PROGRAM WRAPS CAMPAIGN -MUCHMUSIC – SUN DOWN WITH WEBSTER

 

WORLD SILVER

BEST DIRECTING – MMVA OPEN

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

HOLIDAY/SEASONAL/SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAM CAMPAIGN – MUCHMUSIC – THE MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

ON-AIR CONSUMER TIE-IN PROMO CAMPAIGN – MUCHMUSIC – TIC TAC

 

WORLD BRONZE

ON-AIR CONSUMER TIE-IN PROMOTION CAMPAIGN – MUCHMUSIC – SUN DOWN WITH WEBSTER CAMPAIGN

 

NORTH AMERICAN BRONZE

PROGRAM PROMOTIONAL-CAMPAIGN IN-HOUSE – MUCHMUSIC – MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

 

NORTH AMERICAN BRONZE

HOLIDAY/SEASONAL/SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAMMING – MUCHMUSIC – HOLIDAY WRAP

 

Discovery (4 Awards)

 

WORLD SILVER

OUTDOOR/ENVIRONMENTAL/TRANSIT AD- DISCOVERY WORLD HD – OUTDOOR CAMPAIGN

 

WORLD SILVER 

HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT – PRINT – DISCOVERY – ‘LAST DAY OF THE DINOSAURS’ STANDEE

 

NORTH AMERICANSILVER

ON AIR PROMOTION FOR WEBSITE – DISCOVERY CHANNEL- DISCOVERYCHANNEL.CA

 

WORLD BRONZE

OUTDOOR/ENVIRONMENTAL/TRANSIT AD CAMPAIGN – DISCOVERY WORLD HD – OUTDOOR CAMPAIGN

 

TSN (3 Awards) 

 

WORLD GOLD

ILLUSTRATION FOR PRINT – TSN: RAPTORS ON TSN POSTERS

 

WORLD GOLD

POSTER CAMPAIGN – TSN: RAPTORS ON TSN POSTERS

 

WORLD BRONZE

SPORTS: OPEN/TITLES – TSN: NHL ON TSN

 

BNN (2 Awards)

 

WORLD SILVER

ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: IMAGE CAMPAIGN – NEWS

GOLD – BNN IDS

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

NEWS/INFORMATION PROGRAM SPOT – BNN STOCK & AWE: FRIGHT NIGHT

 

MTV (2 Awards)

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

ON-AIR CONSUMER TIE-IN PROMO – MTV – WINDOWS: CASTING CALL

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

ON-AIR CONSUMER TIE-IN PROMO – MTV – APPLES TO APPLES

 

SPACE (2 Awards)

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD

HOLIDAY/SEASONAL/SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAM SPOT – SLASHER MONDAYS

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD

HOLIDAY/SEASONAL/SPECIAL EVENT PROGRAM CAMPAIGN – STAR WARS, THE COMPLETE SAGA

 

BRAVO! (1 Award)

 

NORTH AMERICAN GOLD

TYPOGRAPHY: ON-AIR – BRAVO! IAS (INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO)

 

CP24 (1 Award)

 

NORTH AMERICAN SILVER

CP24 – YOUR VOTE – NEWS/INFORMATION PROGRAM CAMPAIGN

 

Promax|BDA LOCAL Station Awards

 

On Thursday, June 9 the 2011, the Bell Media Agency took home 18 awards at the Promax|BDA LOCAL Station Awards. Leading the way with 11 Gold and 7 Silver awards for CP24, CTV Toronto and CTV British Columbia, this is the first year the local awards were handed out in advance of the main conference and award ceremony. 

 

Below is a complete list of the 2011 Promax|BDA LOCAL Station Awards for Bell Media properties:

 

CP24 (11 Awards) 

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program Spot – Local – “Trash Talk”

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Non Fiction/ Reality Program Spot – Local – “Your Vote”

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Stunt Promotion–On–Air Only –Local – “Santa Claus Parade: He’s Coming” 

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Public Service Announcement –Local – “Pride Kyle Rae”

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Funniest Promo –Local – “Trash Talk” 

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Editing: Television/ Video Presentation –Local – “XMAS Wish: Frog’s Journey” 

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD

Directing: Television/ Video Presentation – Local – “Santa Claus Parade: He’s Coming” 

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER

Editing: Television/ Video Presentation – Local – “Santa Claus Parade: He’s Coming” 

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER

Live Event Spot – Local – “Santa Claus Parade: He’s Coming” 

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER 

Directing: Television/ Video Presentation –Local – “XMAS Wish: Frog’s Journey” 

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER 

Holiday/Seasonal/Special Event Program Spot– Local – “Santa Claus Parade: He’s Coming”

 

CTV Toronto (3 Awards)

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

Live Event Spot – Local – “Election/ DWTS”

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD 

On– Air Consumer Tie – In Promo – Local – “Toy Mountain: Grinch”

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER 

Special News Report or Event Programming – Local – “Election/ DWTS”

 

CTV British Columbia (4 Awards)

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD

Holiday/ Special Event Promotion – Local – “Believe Image” 

 

NORTH AMERICA GOLD

On-Air Commercial Advertisement – Local – “CTV BC Jazz Fest”

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER

Copywriting: Television/ Video Presentation – Local – “Believe Image” 

 

NORTH AMERICA SILVER

Art Direction & Design: Informational Graphics (News) – Local – “CTV Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Games Weather Graphics” 

Tonight in Halifax, Bell Media news outlets were honoured at the annual Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) National Conference with eight national awards and two honourable mentions.

The awards bring the total number of national and regional 2010 RTNDA Awards won by Bell Media properties this year to 38, including eight honourable mentions. 

Bell Media’s highlights of the night included the Charlie Edwards Best Spot News for CTV’s “G20- A Summit of Violent Protests”; a repeat win of the Trina McQueen Award for Best Information Program for W5’s creative presentation of “Leave It To Bieber & Nightmare On Quebec Street,”; the Gord Sinclair Award For Best Live Event for CP24’s “Your Vote,”; and the Bert Cannings Award for Best (medium market) Newscast for /A\ News Barrie for “/A\ News At 6.” 

“It is an honour to be recognized by the RTNDA in what has been a year of tremendous news stories and great transition in our business,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “CTV News has once again shown that we have best-in-class teams across the country, all driven by a commitment to deliver the highest quality news for our viewers from coast-to-coast.” 

A complete summary of Bell Media’s 2010 RTNDA awards, including the awards given out this evening, is below: 

 

National and Network Awards (Awarded June 25, 2011, Halifax)

Charlie Edwards Best Spot News 

CTV News for “G20- A Summit of Violent Protests”

 

Trina McQueen Award – News Information Program

CTV W5 for “Leave It To Bieber & Nightmare on Quebec Street”

 

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events

CP24 for “Your Vote”

 

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video

CTV British Columbia for “Irish Pride”

 

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast 

/A\ News Barrie for “/A\ News At 6” (Medium Market)

 

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature

CTV National News for “Praying For Help” 

 

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature 

CTV Atlantic for “Dumping Day” (Medium Market)

 

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature 

CTV Saskatoon for “Higher Calling” (Medium Market)

 

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast

CTV British Columbia for CTV NEWS AT SIX (Honourable Mention) (Large Market) 

 

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature

CTV News Channel for “Voice of Courage” (Honourable Mention)

 

 

Regional Awards: Atlantic Region (Awarded June 23, 2011, Halifax)

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast

CTV Atlantic for CTV NEWS AT SIX

 

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News

CTV Atlantic for “Hostage Drama” 

 

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature

CTV Atlantic “In Our Back Yard – Dumping Day” 

 

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature

CTV Atlantic for “My Tree” 

 

Trina McQueen Award – News Information Program

CTV Atlantic for “LIVE AT 5” 

 

Regional Awards: British Columbia (Awarded May 28, Vancouver)

 

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast

CTV British Columbia for CTV NEWS AT SIX (Large Market)

/A\ Vancouver Island for /A\ NEWS AT SIX (Medium Market)

 

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News

/A\ Vancouver Island for “Migrant Ships Approaches”

 

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

CTV British Columbia for “Grieving Mother Sculptor” 

/A\ Vancouver Island for “Paraplegic Sculptor” (Honourable Mention)

 

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature

/A\ Vancouver Island for “Boss On His Backside” (Medium Market)

 

Gord Sinclair – Live Special Events

CTV British Columbia for “The Journey Home”

 

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video

CTV British Columbia for “Irish Pride”

 

Trina McQueen Award – News Information Program

CTV British Columbia for “Black Blood”

 

 

Regional Awards: Central Canada (Awarded May 7, 2011, Waterloo)

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast

/A\ News Barrie for /A\ NEWS AT 6 (Medium Market)

 

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

CP24 for “Holocaust Education Week”

 

Dan McArthur Award – In-Depth/Investigative

CTV Southwestern Ontario for “Chequing Out Charities” 

 

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature

/A\ News Barrie for “Hate Into Hope” (Honourable Mention) (Medium Market)

 

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature

CTV Sault St. Marie for “Life In A Box” (Small Market)

CTV Sudbury for “Shocked” (Honourable Mention) (Small Market) 

CTV Ottawa for “After The Fire – (Honourable Mention) (Large Market)

CTV Toronto for “Bieber Fans Concert” – (Honourable Mention) (Large Market)

 

Gord Sinclair – Live Special Events

CP24 for “Your Vote”

 

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video

CTV Southwestern Ontario for “Through the Eyes of an Officer

 

 

Regional Awards: Prairie Region (Awarded April 19, Saskatoon)

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature

CTV Saskatoon for “Higher Calling” (Medium Market)

 

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events

CTV Calgary for “Olympic Torch Relay”

 

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video

CTV Calgary for “Ice Sailing”

CTV Regina for “Reel ‘Em In” (Honourable Mention)