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Showcase’s DEFIANCE Dominates Monday Night

Showcase’s DEFIANCE Dominates Monday Night

Delivering out-of-this-world ratings, Showcase’s brand-new series Defiance trumps Monday night with over 500,000 viewers (2+) and over 250,000 viewers, adults 25-54. The spectacular sci-fi drama earned the coveted number one spot and was sampled by over 1 million viewers (V2+). Knocking out the competition, Defiance was also the number one non-sports specialty program in its 10pm timeslot across multiple key demos.*

Defiance airs Mondays at 10pm ET/PT on Showcase.

Source: * BBM Canada, Overnight PPM data 4/15/13 

Global News Rebrands Global Maritimes as Global Halifax & Global New Brunswick

Global News Rebrands Global Maritimes as Global Halifax & Global New Brunswick

In keeping with its continued dedication to telling locally-focused stories of most interest to viewers, Global News is pleased to announce the rebranding of Global Maritimes to Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick. Taking place this coming Monday, April 15, the move is highlighted by the launch of new programming, the hiring of new on-air talent, and a renewed commitment to telling the grassroots, local stories in both provinces.

“The rebranding of Global Maritimes into Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick demonstrates our continued investment in creating a state of the art news operation centred on local reporting,” says Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, Global News and Station Operations. “This move caps off what has already been a successful period of growth in the region and represents the importance we place on providing timely and poignant community coverage.”

This separation of Global Maritimes into Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick will move both stations away from being an amalgamated regional news source to focusing more on local stories in both areas. Global Halifax and Global New Brunswick will continue to maintain a close relationship by sharing newsgathering and reporting resources, including the use of Senior Anchor Ron Kronstein andMeteorologist Trevor Adams in both markets.

This award-winning broadcast team will continue to produce two different, locally-focused Evening News casts for viewers in Halifax and surrounding areas, as well as for those in New Brunswick. On Monday, April 15th, the team will replace the current one-hour regionalNews Final at 11pm with a local 30-minute News Final newscast for both stations. Continuing to air at 11pm, Global Halifax’s News Final and Global New Brunswick’s News Final will feature hyper-local news and content as well as local weather forecasts tailored specifically to audiences in both provinces.

To augment this New Brunswick focus, Global News has also hired esteemed broadcast journalist Shelley Steeves to be the station’s newSenior Correspondent. Based in Moncton, Steeves will travel throughout Global New Brunswick’s provincial bureaus to bring viewers timely stories and content on the Evening News and News Final casts. The recipient of several national and international journalism awards, the Moncton, New Brunswick native brings over 18 years of broadcast experience to the Global New Brunswick team. Prior to joining Global, Steeves was a Reporter and Producer for CBC News Moncton as well as the Atlantic Bureau Chief for the Weather Network.

“Shelley brings a wealth of reporting experience to the Global New Brunswick team, and we are pleased to have her on board in this pivotal new Senior Correspondent role,” says Jim Haskins, Station Manager & News Director. “With Shelley joining the team, Global New Brunswick will be in an even better position to report on the breaking news making waves across the province, and dig deeper on the investigative pieces viewers care most about.”

On the heels of the launch of the newly-designed, Global New Brunswick feature an augmented web component designed to focus on all relevant breaking news. Central to this expansion will be the addition of a full-time web producer to file exclusive stories’s New Brunswick community portal. 

marblemedia Gets the Greenlight to Produce New Japanese Game Show JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong!

marblemedia Gets the Greenlight to Produce New Japanese Game Show JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong!

It’s a Japanese entertainment invasion! Leading content creator marblemedia, Canadian family broadcaster YTV, cable-channel multi-platform brand Disney XD and Canadian French language network VRAK TV have partnered to bring kids and families worldwide a crazy and colourful Japanese game show – JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong!

“The Japanese game show genre is inherently random and frenetic, loaded with physical humour that is sure to entertain families,” said Matt Hornburg, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia. “A comedy at heart, JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong! is a fish-out-of-water experience of kids competing in a unfamiliar world full of wildly entertaining slapstick mayhem.”

“YTV is excited to pick up JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong!  as it fits perfectly with our co-view strategy, which is to offer fun, comedic, participatory and crazy programming,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama. “YTV is the #1 co-view network and a zany show like this can be enjoyed by parents and kids of all ages at any time of the day. Viewers won’t be able to keep their eyes off the screen as surprises will be around every corner.”

In this adaptation of the popular series I Survived a Japanese Game Show – which was created by David Sidebotham with formatting rights licensed by Small World IFT – audiences will experience the zany world of Japanese game show culture complete with conveyor belts, dizzy chairs, giant fans and Velcro walls.

JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong! features three elimination rounds to present one final winner. All 40 half-hour episodes will feature four teams of two contestants who are dropped into a world filled with crazy costumes, physical gags, over-the-top stunts and wild characters.

Audiences at home will immerse themselves in this manic world first hand through an extensive interactive website complete with a second screen experience mobile app.

JAPANIZI: Going, Going, Gong! will make its world premiere in Canada on YTV in Fall 2013.

The show will make its debut in the U.S. on Disney XD in Fall 2013 and will launch in 2014 on Disney Channels in Europe, Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia Pacific, including Australia, India and South East Asia territories through an agreement with Distribution 360 (D360), a marblemedia company.

D360 will handle distribution across all media in all other territories worldwide. The company is also looking for partners to expand this brand through licensing and merchandising.