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Bell Media rebrands TMN, launches tiered OTT service

The company reveals a major overhaul of its pay TV and OTT strategy, opening online access to programming previously restricted to linear subscribers.

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Bell Media realigns Discovery Networks under Mike Cosentino

The retirement of Discovery GM and VP Ken MacDonald sees a host of structural and executive changes for the suite of factual channels.

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Pinewood Toronto ‘ignites’ expansion plans

New sound stages are set to open a year from now, extending the facility’s capacity to around 525,000 square feet.

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Amazon to share JFL’s Inside Jokes

The six-part docuseries is scheduled for a Nov. 30 launch on Prime Video in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

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eOne sells The Rookie into 160 territories

The police drama sold to M6 (France), Sky (U.K.) and RAI (Italy) among others ahead of its Oct. 16 broadcast premiere.

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CraveTV unveils original series based on Much Studios podcast

Bell Media’s Justin Stockman calls the eight-part interview series a natural evolution for the pop culture podcast and a chance to reach a new audience.

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Super Bowl simsub ban reversed in USMCA

The new trade agreement orders Canada to rescind the CRTC’s contentious ban on simultaneous substitution of Canadian ads during the Super Bowl.

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CBS developing TV drama based on 19-2

Sphere Media SVP Virginia Rankin talks to Playback about why the format has been pivotal in expanding the prodco’s push into international markets.

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Bell Media sets the stage for The Launch

The singing competition, which will return for a second season in early 2019, has added Sarah McLachlan as a celebrity mentor.

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Ken MacDonald to retire from Discovery

After a 15-year career at the factual net, MacDonald will be stepping down as GM and VP of Discovery Networks later this year.

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Jann croons in Calgary

Filming is underway on the CTV comedy in which Jann Arden plays an artist who’s convinced a rebrand will put her waning career back on course.

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Bell Media adds first kids titles to CraveTV

More than 200 hours of programming including The Adventures of Paddington Bear has joined the SVOD’s library via its strategic partnership with Wow! Unlimited.