Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment Inc. announced today that it has joined the Canadian Premium Audience Exchange (CPAX), a new online, real-time bidding exchange service that provides advertisers and agencies with access to premium digital inventory.

Through CPAX, Corus has partnered with Shaw Media, Rogers Media and CBC/Radio-Canada to deliver targeted, best-in-class online advertising offerings to advertisers and users.

Corus’ participation in CPAX further enhances the service’s ability to provide the advertising community with an efficient and cost-effective means of reaching targeted audiences with premium inventory across leading Canadian brands. Continue reading »

Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) and NBCUniversal Television Canada today announced the renewal of their exclusive output distribution deal.

This multi-year agreement, which encompasses linear and non-linear rights, provides Corus Entertainment’s premium pay TV service, Movie Central with access to an extensive catalogue of new theatrical feature film titles from the acclaimed Hollywood studio and content provider.

“We are very pleased to be continuing our long-term partnership with NBC Universal,” said Doug Murphy, President of Television, Corus Entertainment. “Representing a catalogue of many of Hollywood’s current box office hits, NBCUniversal’s content complements Movie Central’s already robust lineup of premium offerings and delivers on our commitment to provide subscribers with an unmatched viewing experience across multiple platforms, whether it’s on our linear channel, online, on demand and in high definition.” 

Among the big screen hits from NBCUniversal that will be featured on Movie Central in 2011 and 2012 are: Little Fockers, The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, Judd Apatow’s box office hit Bridesmaids and the upcoming release Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, to name a few.

“We are very pleased to continue this ongoing dynamic partnership,” said Ron Suter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, NBCUniversal Television Canada. “We applaud Corus Entertainment’s appreciation of the value of these great films to their viewers.”

Movie Central offers subscribers a compelling blend of top tier content that ranges from exclusive film, documentary and scripted drama to sports and special event programming.

Financial terms are not being disclosed.

We are pleased to announce that Maria Hale is joining Corus Entertainment as Vice President, Television, Head of Programming and Production.

Maria will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction for Corus’ television programming decisions, including content production, acquisitions and distribution strategies across our specialty and pay channels.

With a successful track record innovating and executing national programming strategies, and negotiating content deals across TV, broadband and mobile service platforms, Maria brings more than 14 years of industry experience to Corus. As Vice President of Content at TELUS, she was responsible for TV and mobile content acquisition for linear and VOD and under her leadership, TELUS’ mobile music service became #1 in Canada.

Before joining TELUS, Maria was Vice President, Content Business Development at CHUM and held various senior management roles during her eight-year career with the company, including Vice President, CityTV, Toronto, where she was responsible for managing television operations. Under her early leadership at CHUM, she broke new ground by helping establish MuchMusic as the #1 Canadian online destination for teens and launched CHUM’s first broadband platforms, among other achievements. Maria was most recently at GameTV where she was responsible for developing cross-platform strategies and overseeing production and programming initiatives.

The following team will be reporting to Maria when she assumes her new role on April 4, 2011:

Ted Ellis, Vice President, Kids/Family Programming – Ted oversees the direction of content and schedule strategies for all of Corus’ kids and family networks including YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada) and CMT. 

Renee Skea, Vice President, Women’s Programming – Renee oversees the direction of content and schedule strategies for all of Corus’ Women’s specialty networks including W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, CosmoTV and W Movies.

Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual – Vibika is responsible for all original unscripted programming, working closely with the Sales team on integrated content opportunities for all of Corus’ specialty and pay networks.

Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama – Jocelyn is responsible for all scripted original production and development for all of Corus’ specialty and pay networks.

Karen Philips, Vice President, Network Program Operations – Karen oversees and manages the transition, development and performance of program management systems, and is responsible for establishing best practices and strategies across Corus’ specialty and pay networks in the areas of contracts, regulatory, fund management, workflow and viewer relations.

Lynn Chadwick, Vice President, Network Content Acquisitions and Pay – Lynn oversees all aspects of Corus Television’s acquisition activities. She is responsible for negotiating program, content and equity agreements, and is working towards standardizing rights for use across all channels and platforms. In addition, Lynn is responsible for the pay and movie programming group, including DUSK and Sundance Channel.

Fiona Lee, Director of Finance, Programming – Fiona supports the programming team by providing analysis for major programming acquisitions and helping implement strategic initiatives.


With her proven leadership and depth of experience, we look forward to Maria joining our team.

Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that its programming has won a total of 11 awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 25th Annual Gemini Awards.

Movie Central’s series received a total of seven awards with Less Than Kind picking-up three Gemini’s, including Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series.

Corus’ W Network received two wins including Best Reality Program or Series for The Cupcake Girls, and Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series for How to Look Good Naked Canada. VIVA and Nelvana Studio programming received an award each, completing the total.

“We would like to congratulate all our production partners and everyone associated with these series,” said Doug Murphy, President, Television, Corus Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have so many wins across our pay and specialty networks for programming that showcases the calibre of talent and creativity that specialty and pay TV delivers to Canadian audiences.”

Celebrating excellence in Canadian English-language television, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the 25th Annual Gemini Award winners at the Industry Awards Galas, taking place November 2nd and 3rd, and the Broadcast Awards Gala this past Saturday, November 13th at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre. For more information, please visit


Corus Entertainment’s Gemini Award winners include:


MOVIE CENTRAL (Pay TV – Western Canada)

Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Tatiana Maslany, All Souls)


Durham County

Best Achievement in Make-Up (Eva Coudouloux, Adrien Morot, Surviving the Fall)

Best Achievement in Main Title Design (Kevin Chandoo, Little Lost Children)


Less Than Kind

Best Comedy Program or Series (Ira Levy, Garry Campbell, Marvin Kaye, Phyllis Laing, Mark McKinney, Chris Sheasgreen, Paula Smith, Peter Williamson)

Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series (Marvin Kaye, Chris Sheasgreen, Third Death’s The Charm)

Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (Benjamin Arthur, That’s Somebody’s Knish!)


The Line

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Clé Bennett, Episode 203/Episode 206)



The Cupcake Girls

Best Reality Program or Series (John Ritchie, Rob Bromley, Grant Greschuk, Gillian Lowrey, Peter Waal)


How to Look Good Naked Canada

Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series (John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Andrea Gabourie)



Guess With Jess (with Treehouse)

Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series (John Evans, How Can We Decorate the Christmas Tree?)



Tosca: Flexing at 49

Best General/Human Interest Series (Linda Stregger, Barbara Barde)

Come Dine With Me Canada

Come Dine with Me Canada premieres Monday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with 5 back-to-back episodes, and airs Mondays to Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Already a worldwide phenomenon with versions airing in 20 countries, the anticipated Canadian version of the hit UK television series Come Dine With Me Canada premieres this November on W Network. In this ultimate and original dinner party series, five strangers cook up their idea of a perfect evening over five consecutive nights. The heat is on each competitor to out-cook, out-host and out-entertain each other for the chance to win the title of ultimate dinner party host and a $1,000 cash prize. With biting narration by radio personality Jamie Carr, viewers can find out whose recipe for the ultimate dinner party goes down best. Come Dine With Me Canada is produced by Proper Television in association with W Network and based on the format created by ITV Studios (UK).

Can’t wait till the premiere? Catch the first episode in it’s entirety streaming online at