Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media, today congratulated Jeanne Beker, Canadian fashion icon and FashionTelevisionChannel host, along with Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News, for receiving the prestigious 2012 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts & Communications category.

Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization’s financial performance, and their commitment to their communities.

As the Top 100 Award marks its 10th anniversary of celebrating the professional achievements of women across the country, Freeman and Beker join a community of 653 women who have received the Top 100 Award over the last decade in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada. Continue reading »

FashionTelevision icon Jeanne Beker is set to collect the 2012 Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival.

Beker will join the likes of Howie Mandel, Eric McCormack, Kim Cattrall and Paul Haggis in receiving the award in their careers.

“It’s sort of one of those awards where you sort of wonder, ‘Does this mean I’ve arrived or does this mean it’s time to leave?'”, Beker said.

“I’m really surprised in some ways just because I can’t see the forest for the trees sometimes. I remember early days of my career where I had to fight hard for credibility because I didn’t always have it.” Continue reading »

FashionTelevision has been cancelled after 27 years on the air.

The Canadian industry series, which was hosted by Jeanne Beker, will however continue to work on fashion-related projects with its broadcaster Bell Media.

Initially launching on Citytv in 1985, the show has aired in 130 countries around the world and featured interviews over the years with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.


From TV screens to glossy magazines, the world’s longest-running fashion series FASHIONTELEVISION extends its iconic brand this November with the launch of a semi-annual magazine.

Featuring fashion royalty Grace Kelly on the cover, the premiere 140-page winter edition of Fashion Television Magazine offers readers a unique video/print hybrid – a multimedia experience with a chance to see each print story come to life with a companion video available Nov. 2 on

Building on the success of last year’s remarkable 25th anniversary magazine, the premiere edition celebrates the legendary and enduring style of Grace Kelly and also includes a variety of articles reflecting some of FT’s most thought-provoking and visually-stimulating international stories from the world of fashion, photography and design.

Produced by FASHIONTELEVISION with Editorial Director Jay Levine and Editor-At-Large Jeanne Beker, and in partnership with Geoffrey Dawe & Co and Mamone & Partners, 1,000 copies of FT Magazine will be available beginning Nov. 2 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the private opening night reception for the “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess” exhibition. FT Magazine will also be distributed Nov. 6 to select home subscribers of the Toronto Star and to targeted neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. The magazine hits newsstands across the country on Nov. 22.

“FASHIONTELEVISION has always had its roots in the magazine world,” said Jay Levine, Supervising Producer of FASHIONTELEVISION and Editorial Director of FT Magazine. “After the success of our 25th anniversary issue, we’ve been compelled to enter this market by finding a unique opportunity to connect print and video together in an interesting and engaging way. With a goal to deliver audiences the sexy style, glamour and classic taste that FT embodies, we couldn’t think of a more fitting time or better fashion icon to feature on our premiere cover than Grace Kelly.”

Inspired by her transcendent style, FASHIONTELEVISION capitalized on the timing and its lead broadcast sponsorship of “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess” – an exclusive North American exhibition launching Nov. 4 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox – to celebrate Kelly on the cover. Juxtaposed against archival Hollywood shots of Kelly using integrated TV and still photography, the magazine features a glamorous 12-page fashion pictorial shot by photographer David Drebin. Inspired by Kelly’s renowned and enduring style, the pictorial captures the essence of her fashion evolution from iconic movie star to beloved princess.

The magazine also digs deep into some of FASHIONTELEVISION’s most intriguing stories including the severe pressures of the fashion business that have lead to the tragic demise of John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen and others, the recent trend of rock star offspring like Jagger, Richards and Lennox invading the modelling world, and the fascinating story of Vivian Maier, a Chicago nanny-turned-street style photographer whose photos discovered after her death have become a potential gold mine.

In episodes airing Sunday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and 6 p.m. ET on FashionTelevision Channel, FASHIONTELEVISION explores what’s behind cover girl Grace Kelly’s enduring style with exclusive comments from designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld and Michael Kors along with Hollywood’s Julianne Moore and Paul Giamatti. Culminating in an in-depth feature story airing Sunday, Nov. 13, FT also covers the opening reception of “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess,” along with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with TIFF Bell Lightbox Creative Director and Exhibition Curator Noah Cowan. The feature story also airs on Saturday, November 12 at 9 p.m. ET on E! (visit, and to confirm local broadcast times).

Partnered with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, FASHIONTELEVISON gets privileged access to an iconic designer in “THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: FROM SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK,” an all-new FT special episode premiering Sunday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

In the special edition of FASHIONTELEVISION devoted to the innovative couturier’s 35-year career, Jeanne Beker gets exclusive one-on-one time with the designer, who also takes viewers on a private guided tour through the Montreal exhibit.

The episode also airs on Saturday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET on E!, and 9 p.m. ET on FashionTelevision Channel (visit and to confirm local broadcast times).

The program will also take a look at the designer’s provocative creations for film makers and performers including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and his iconic creations for Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour. 

FASHIONTELEVISION airs Sundays at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV and is also available on demand at Fashion Television and on CTV Video Player at local listings).

It was 1985, and Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie and Oscar de la Renta were top designers. Monika Schnarre was on the verge of supermodel stardom. Shoulder pads and big hair were de rigueur. Madonna and Princess Di were fast becoming fashionplates, and MIAMI VICE and DYNASTY were arbiters of style.

Making sense of it all was a new concept in fashion reporting: Canada’s own FASHIONTELEVISION (FT).

A quarter of a century later, and now licensed in 140 countries, CTV’s FASHIONTELEVISION celebrates 25 historic years as one of the world’s longest-running fashion series with the release of a commemorative magazine, a star-studded birthday bash, and the premiere of its 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, airing Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (check local listings).

“This is an incredible moment for the series – a milestone that could not pass without celebrating in style,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “FASHIONTELEVISION is an icon. Over the years it has set the bar for fashion producing and reporting, making fashion accessible to audiences worldwide.”

Jeanne Beker has been hosting since Day 1 and has gone on to become one of the international fashion scene’s most respected journalists, and a fashion icon herself. Within the first year, she was interviewing the likes of Linda Evangelista, Donna Karan and Gianni Versace, beginning to lay the ground work for their inevitable iconic status. By its second year, FT was travelling to the fashion capitals of the world and, in its unique and trailblazing format, rubbing shoulders backstage with Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, and Naomi Campbell.

A quarter century later, FASHIONTELEVISION’s raw style of fashion reporting and commitment to its audience, has made it a legend in the industry, and allowed its team to develop close relationships with the world’s top designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. 

“The only constant in this arena is change, and witnessing the way the industry has grown – and the way we’ve grown along with it – has been exhilarating,” said Jeanne Beker, host of FASHIONTELEVISION. “I never would have imagined that a quarter century later, I’d still be enthusiastically pursuing designers in my stilettos, but the thrill of the chase, coupled with the fact that we’ve managed to influence and edify an entire generation of fashion fans, continues to excite and inspire me. My passion for what we do hasn’t waned a bit in all these years. And I know our faithful viewers share that passion.” 

Thousands of international profiles later, FASHIONTELEVISION has covered everything from street fashion to haute couture, unequivocally becoming a homegrown success story as Canada’s longest running fashion series. The series’ extensive style coverage remains at the forefront of the industry and a cut above all others.

FT’s outstanding 25th season kicks off with the premiere of the one-hour commemorative 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. The special digs deep into FT’s archives to tell the story of a pivotal time in fashion. It was an explosive era that created the first supermodel, the celebrity designer, and a boundary-pushing sexuality in fashion advertising.

Here, FT revisits all the innovators, troublemakers and risk-takers that have helped make the fashion scene so vital and fascinating. The special premieres on CTV Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, with encore presentations on CTV Monday, September 13 at 10 a.m. ET/PT, on Star! Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m ET / 5 p.m. PT, and Saturday September 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT; and on FashionTelevisionChannel Sunday, September 12 at 9 p.m ET / 6 p.m. PT and Monday, September 13 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

“On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, we’ve dug deep into our archives to tell the story of a pivotal era in fashion, and to revisit the colourful characters we’ve met along the way,” said Jay Levine, Supervising Producer of FASHIONTELEVISION. “They’re the people behind the story, those who make the fashion world so vital and fascinating.” 

The catwalk meets the sidewalk at the legendary corner of Toronto’s Queen and John Streets for FT’s 25th anniversary celebration event, which gathers Canada’s fashion elite and glitterati together to toast the series’ 25 years of excellence in fashion reporting. The event launches FT’s limited edition 25th anniversary magazine, a 208-page commemorative glossy that chronicles the many milestones and defining moments of FT’s global iconic success.

This collectors’ edition captures the essence of the finest TV moments in fashion, design and architecture, along with people and places that excited, inspired and entertained viewers around the world. A visual scrapbook, the cover features Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha. Produced by FASHIONTELEVISION in association with Geoffrey Dawe & Co and Mamone & Partners, the magazine is available mid-September at select retailers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 

For more FT programming information and up-to-the minute updates surrounding FT’s 25th anniversary season including exclusive photos and videos, log onto 

An all-NEW episode of FASHIONTELEVISION airs Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

Episode Highlights Include:

* In Paris, a parade of lingerie fit for France for the launch of Sonia Rykiel’s H&M line
* In New York and L.A. with the fashion detectives who track down celebrity style for website
* Beauties Off-Duty: What models wear when they’re not walking the runway (FT examines the personal styles of Chanel Iman, Agyness Deyn, Erin Wasson and Irina Lazareanu)
* In New York, Marc Jacobs gets funky with his latest collection for Louis Vuitton
* In Paris and New York with cutting edge designer Gareth Pugh
* Victoria’s Secret returns to New York and FT is behind-the-scenes at the world’s sexiest fashion show.

Hosted by Jeanne Beker, FASHIONTELEVISION (FT) takes viewers on a global search for the visually stimulating works of today’s innovators in fashion, art, architecture and photography.  Plus, follow Jeanne Beker on Twitter @Jeanne_Beker as the Canadian fashion expert “tweets” directly from the runways of the world’s fashion capitals.

Sunday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

FASHIONTELEVISION’s highly-anticipated 24th season continues with an exclusive interview with 23-year-old’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Internationally renowned for their unique fashion flair, the Olsen twins chat with FT’s Jeanne Beker about life after FULL HOUSE, the pressures of Hollywood, public and media fascination, and their careers as respected and successful young fashion designers in a business saturated with stiff competition.

Don’t miss the twins’ candid chat with Beker, as they appear mature and self-disciplined – revealing a strong business sense.

Toronto, ON (October 20, 2008) – FashionTelevisionChannel (FT) returns as broadcast sponsor of Toronto L’Oréal Fashion Week, delivering comprehensive coverage and putting viewers on the guest list. First up, daily two-hour wrap-ups with FashionTelevision Presents: Toronto Fashion Week, beginning Tuesday, October 21 and running through Saturday, October 25 weekdays at 12 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel and 5 p.m. ET on Star!. In addition, In Fashion delivers a complete L’Oréal Fashion Week recap Sunday, November 9 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV, followed at 5:30 p.m. ET by FashionTelevision’s special on LG’s Fashion Fusion runway event. (Visit to confirm local broadcast times).

Jeanne Beker and the FT team are back from covering Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan, Paris, and Los Angeles. Now, FT sets-up house in the fashion tents at Nathan Phillips Square, turning the spotlight on Canadian designers and brands. The only media outlet to be housed in the middle of the action, FT delivers exclusive backstage action and behind-the-scenes look at collections shot in their entirety and un-edited the way they were meant to be seen. Beker, along with Glen Baxter and Mary Kitchen, present exclusive model profiles, deliver highlights of the week’s runway shows and events, and conduct one-on-one interviews with key industry players.

“FT is committed to making fashion accessible to mainstream audiences,” said Jay Levine, Director of Production, FashionTelevision. “With FT’s up-to-the-minute week-long coverage, viewers are now guaranteed a front-row seat to and first-look at Canada’s take on the latest trends in fashion.”

FashionTelevisionChannel’s comprehensive coverage unfolds as follows:

· FT cameras capture it all with daily two-hour wrap-ups – FashionTelevision Presents: Toronto Fashion Week, beginning Tuesday, October 21 and running through Saturday, October 25 weekdays at 12 p.m. ET on FashionTelevisionChannel. Encore presentations also air Tuesday, October 21 through Saturday, October 25, daily at 5 p.m. ET on Star! – Canada’s Entertainment Channel.

· From opening night with one of North America’s leading clothing designers, Pink Tartan, to the unveiling of renowned Toronto-based designers Joeffer Caoc and Lucian Matis’ latest collections, In Fashion delivers a full Toronto L’Oréal Fashion Week recap Sunday, November 9 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV.

· FashionTelevision delivers full coverage from LG’s Fashion Fusion runway event Sunday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET on CTV – featuring an exclusive performance by Grammy® Award-winning pop rock band Maroon 5 and sensual lingerie from UK-based Agent Provocateur.

· Online, continues its global commitment to be the premiere web destination for the fashion-forward community, launching its new video player. With more than 60 galleries containing an excess of 1,500 photographs and a video catalogue of more than 1,100 videos (and expanding), the site is also home to unedited designer interviews, the latest runways from the fashion capitals of the world, and entertaining profiles on the people who make the fashion world turn.

· FT’s L’Oréal Fashion Week microsite ( is now live and features embedded video highlights from last season, while being home to an array of exclusive video and photo galleries for Fall/Winter ’08 season. The site also includes a daily blog and headline news from the week.

For daily podcasts, videos, more FT programming information, and/or up-to-the minute updates surrounding Toronto L’Oréal Fashion Week, log onto

About FashionTelevision

Celebrating its 23rd year as Canada’s leading style program, FashionTelevision travels the globe in search for the visually stimulating and innovative creations of today’s newsmakers in fashion, architecture, and design. FashionTelevisionChannel (FT) is Canada’s first and only 24-hour English language fashion channel dedicated to the world of art, architecture, photography, and design. FT delivers a daily dose of local and international designer collections, fashion photo sessions, and a look at what’s behind the stories that make up the headlines in the worlds of style and design. FT is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia. For more FT programming information visit:

Tuesday, June 17
8 p.m. ET

FT heads to Life Ball 2008 in Vienna, Austria. Sponsored by Elton John, the annual flamboyant and outrageous AIDS fundraiser saw prominent guests including Kim Cattrall and Linda Evangelista taking in the sexy designs of Agent Provacateur. Then, known as the “Oscars® of fashion,” FT offers complete coverage of the CFDA Annual Awards ceremony which honours excellence in fashion design.