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Taking measure of The Launch

The premiere episode of Bell Media’s competition series captured audiences across linear TV, social media and music-streaming platforms.

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Deals: Big Cedar Films, Super Channel, Bell Media

Flame Distribution picks up the worldwide rights to Big Cedar Films’ mystery doc, The Missing Tourist, and more.

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Gusto adds two Canadian originals to lineup

Plus CTV announces (some of) its midseason premiere dates, and CTV Two adds a trio of new comedies.

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BNN to rebrand as BNN Bloomberg

The new partnership between Bell Media and Bloomberg Media comes after Channel Zero shut down Bloomberg TV Canada last year.

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CTV partners with Disney to promote The Launch

The “global juggernaut” has signed on as lead sponsor, with competitors from the CTV original tapped to film promos for upcoming Disney and Marvel flicks.

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Deals: Bell Media, Unobstructed View, DHX

Six-part original CTV drama The Disappearance heads to the U.K.’s Universal Channel, plus more news.

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Top-rated Canadian TV of 2017

Reality formats and long-running dramas garnered the most eyeballs, but freshman scripted series also made an impact.

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The biggest business stories of the year

What better way to reflect on another busy year than to read Playback‘s most-read industry stories of 2017?

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Bell Media’s simsub federal court appeal dismissed

The media company is “considering all options” on how to proceed.

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Vice Canada, CTV partner on opioid docs

The millennial-focused company deepens its relationship with Bell Media as industry watchers wait for news on Viceland’s fate.

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Letterkenny has it all ‘figgered’ out

A story of media, merch and microbrews: Letterkenny is Playback’s best-marketed TV brand of 2017.

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Broadcasters submit amended group licence renewal recommendations

On the English-language side, Bell Media and Corus both said they would be prepared to increase the baseline for PNI spending to 6%, but with a caveat.