For Canadian Eyes Only: shomi Announces New Content Deals with Warner Bros International Television

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Press Release: shomi™ just scored even more incredible content for its customers, inking deals with Warner Bros. International Distribution for both new and library series, as well as big feature films.

In the mood for some snappy one liners served up by the sarcastic waitresses in mustard-coloured uniforms. Check. How about some post-apocalyptic alien action? All over it. shomi has you covered. Starting this November, shomi, Canada’s premier subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, becomes the exclusive streaming home to some of the hottest shows on television including 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Shameless, and Falling Skies. shomi also becomes the exclusive Canadian premiere home of the new Rob Thomas series, iZombie. And good news for those lucky fans of the Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, shomi will have all past seasons and will stream new episodes after its television premiere.

The deal provides shomi users with second window access to timeless fan favourites that are gone, but not forgotten, as well as some fave animated titles for the kidlets, including: [Read more...]

For Canadian Eyes Only: City, Netflix and shomi Collaborate To Bring Viewers BETWEEN,

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Press Release: Today, City, Netflix, and shomi(TM) announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between — an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The three-way partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series.

The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canada and on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today.

“We know that Canadians crave daring and distinctive original programs, and Between offers just that,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers. “Showcasing Michael McGowan’s cinematic vision on the small screen, this compelling new series, in partnership with Netflix and shomi, delivers on our promise to offer viewers world-class entertainment.”

“Teaming up with Rogers, on Between, is a tremendous opportunity to work with a creative partner in Canada to bring our global viewers top-notch content,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of Global Independent Content at Netflix. “We’re thrilled to be working with outstanding talent behind the scenes including Canadians Don Carmody, Jon Cassar and Michael McGowan, and in front of the camera with a new generation of actors led by Jennette McCurdy, delivering a must watch event series that millions of Netflix viewers will enjoy.”

Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.

“With the commission of Between, we are reinforcing our commitment to bring the best programming to our subscribers,” said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi. “Great opportunities to build original content like this, and working with the breadth of talent, including the amazing Michael McGowan, is a perfect fit for the shomi brand.”

“Speaking on behalf of DCTV, Mulmur Feed Co. and Elevation Pictures Corp., we are very excited to be announcing our first series production deal which is doubly historic as a Canadian first between Netflix and Rogers,” said Executive Producer Don Carmody. “We have assembled an outstanding team led by Michael McGowan, as show runner who has given us a bold and riveting narrative; director John Cassar, who will bring this thriller to life; and starring the beautiful and talented Jennette McCurdy. Between is backed by three of the best content behemoths in the business.”

Between stars Jennette McCurdy and was created by Michael McGowan, who executive produces along with Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Goon, Chicago), David Cormican (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), and Naveen Prasad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elevation Pictures Corp. Emmy(R) award-winning director Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) will direct the first two episodes. The series is produced by Don Carmody Television, Mulmur Feed Co. and in association with Elevation Pictures Corp. Prasad, along with Jayme Alter (Denton’s Canada) for DCTV negotiated the deal. Elevation will oversee worldwide distribution. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Navaid Mansuri is Interim Vice President of Broadcast.

For Canadian Eyes Only: Why the CRTC Has No Business Regulating Netflix Canada

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In response to a slew of recent stories that have surfaced over the past couple of months questioning whether Netflix Canada should be regulated by the Canadian Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the same manner in which over-the-air broadcasters such as Bell Media, CBC, Rogers and Shaw are, this TV Addict wanted to get something of his chest. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: What Do You Get When You Combine the Producers of ORPHAN BLACK and the Creator of LOST GIRL?

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With television talent both in front and behind the camera making a habit of tweeting photos ranging from spoilerific to hilarious, theTVaddict.com thought it might be fun to introduce a new feature to the site that we’ve not-so-cleverly decided to call “Photo of the Day.” Today’s subject, courtesy of Canada’s Space Network comes a first look at the easy-on-the-eyes cast of the new original series KILLJOYS! Said Space, “From the producers of Space original series ORPHAN BLACK (Temple Street Productions) and the creator of LOST GIRL (Michelle Lovretta), KILLJOYS follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters (John-Kamen, Ashmore, and Macfarlane) – or “Killjoys” – as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody, class war. KILLJOYS is set to premiere in 2015 on Space and Syfy.”

Breaking TV News: Rogers and Shaw Team Up to Launch Canadian Netflix Killer “shomi”

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Press Release: shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, ups the ante in entertainment with the latest, most exclusive shows and selections personalized for you. Available initially on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes, shomi will launch in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. shomi will be available starting the first week of November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month.

shomi was created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers. It features prior seasons of the most popular shows on TV today, iconic series from the past, cult-classic and fan-favourite films, as well as a library of family-friendly kids programming. With exclusive past-season streaming rights to titles – such as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story – along with first-window premieres, it’s more bang, less blah. shomi combines a team of programming experts with algorithmic technology to help you pick what you actually want to watch – whether it’s finding hidden gems, rediscovering old favourites, or remembering why you fell in love with a title in the first place. [Read more...]

Giveaway: A One-of-a-Kind OUTLANDER Swag Bag!

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In anticipation of the Sunday August 24th premiere of OUTLANDER on Showcase (in Canada), your very own TV Addict was fortunate enough to be invited to an exclusive screening of the series premiere in Toronto. Cooler still: After being wined, dined and photographed with a trifecta of sexy Scotsman (Editor’s Note: Had we known their would be paparazzi on hand we most certainly wouldn’t have left our kilt at home!), Showcase was kind enough to leave us with a delightful parting gift… which could be yours! Simply follow us on Instagram @thetvaddict before OUTLANDER’s Sunday August 24th premiere and you’ll be automatically entered to win this fantastic swag bag! May the odds be ever in your favor

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MMVAs 2014: Behind the Scenes with MAGIC!, Laura Vandervoort and More!

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By: Terri-Lynne Waldron

Canadian rocker, Fefe Dobson, unofficially kicked off the 2014 MMVAs Red Carpet special when she let the word “shit” slip out of her mouth. Dobson was announcing the winner for Director of the Year when the hard to pronounce names of the recipients led to her faux pas.

No big deal.

Anyone could have flubbed the names Amos LeBlanc and Ohji Inoue—who won for directing the video Run This by Thugli—especially during a live telecast where there are no do-overs.

The two-hour spectacle had some of the usual suspects performing (Hedley), but the show also included a class of freshman performers like pop/reggae Canadian band MAGIC!, edgy pop queen Lorde and alternative rockers Imagine Dragons. [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Rogers and Bell: Stop F*cking With Your Cable Customers

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Dear Rogers and Bell,

Late last night after reading a delightful reddit AMA with AGENTS OF SHIELD star Clark Gregg, this TV Addict got a hankering — due to the general all around awesomeness of Mr. Gregg — to check out the recent season finale of AGENTS OF SHIELD. So like any respectful TV Addict who has always gone out of his way to legally view and pay for content versus illegally download, I fired up my CTVGO App on my iPad. Unfortunately as a result of me being a Rogers cable customer and MARVEL’s AGENTS OF SHIELD being a Bell Media property, I wasn’t able to legally watch the episode. I also wasn’t legally able to access the episode on CTV.ca or via Rogers on Demand. Needless to say, this TV Addict is angry, or in the spirit of the show that inspired this post: HULK ANGRY!

What is so infuriating is that as a staunch defender of legally viewing both television and movies, I myself am punished for choosing one company (Rogers) over another (Bell)*. You’d think, in this day and age where not a month goes by that sees a major media outlet splash a headline like a recent one on CBC.ca, “Cord-cutting continues as Canadians ditch TV & landlines,” Rogers and Bell would be celebrating customers and making it as easy as possible for them to enjoy content they are paying their hard earned money for. Not punishing us. [Read more...]

For Canadian Eyes Only: Shaw Media Unveils 2014 Fall Schedule

Press Release: Today, Shaw Media announced Global’s epic 2014/2015 fall schedule.

Building on last year’s red-hot momentum with new series The Blacklist, Chicago PD and Sleepy Hollow, the network is adding eight new high-octane dramas to bolster its already sizzling lineup. Audiences will obsess over the new psychological thriller Stalker starring Maggie Q (Nikita) and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice). Also sure to build a massive following is the much-anticipated drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni (The Naked Truth) in a show-stopping performance as the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Coupled with the return of the hugely popular drama The Good Wife, now in simulcast, the network brings two hours of back-to-back sophisticated and gripping dramas to viewers. The drama continues when Global takes audiences on the mystery ride of the season with Gracepoint, the richly layered series starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) and Nick Nolte (Warrior), as well as State of Affairs, which sees Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) in her highly anticipated return to TV as a CIA analyst who navigates political minefields in this high-octane thriller from writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist). [Read more...]