Shaw Media’s specialty channels are experiencing a record season, outperforming the competition in multiple demos and dominating the country’s television landscape. With an industry leading growth of 9% (vs Fall 2012**), Shaw Media owns four of the Top 10 and eight of the Top 20 specialty channels and has a complete lock on the top five specialty entertainment programs. In addition, National Geographic CanadaSlice™Food Network Canada and Action, each achieved all-time audience highs in their best seasons ever (A25-54*).

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Shaw Media unveiled today an innovative way for some movie advertisers to engage viewers with a dramatic new approach to commercial breaks known as a live on screen integration. A first of its kind for Shaw Media, Warner Bros. will be the lead client to take part in this unique integration to promote its release of The Hangover Part III within Showcase’s May 18th Big Ticket Movie airing of The Hangover (10pm ET/7pmPT).

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The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) today announced the finalists of this year’s Shaw Media Mentorship Programs that take place at the annual Festival from June 9-12 in Banff, Alberta.  Both the Shaw Media Reality & Factual Entertainment Showrunner Training Program and Shaw Media Writer’s Apprentice Program attract experienced producers, directors and writers from across Canada each year to participate in instructive training programs that provide insights into the demands of producing and programming successful television programs.

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As one of Canada’s leading websites, ShawConnect.ca has added to its robust content by joining forces with three well respected partners. SPORTSNET.CA is the site’s official sports channel and Auto123.com is the autos channel while the agreement with 49st.com connects Canadians to live events.

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From CRTC Release:

The Commission approves in part an application by Shaw Media Inc. (Shaw) to amend certain aspects of the tangible benefits package related to the transfer of control of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting Inc.’s broadcasting companies. Specifically, the Commission approves Shaw’s proposals to:

  • reallocate the $14 million devoted to news and public affairs so that it would spend $6 million on a current affairs show and $8 million on the expansion of international news bureaus;
  • reallocate the $2.4 million currently earmarked for pilot projects to support for on-screen scripted drama production; and
  • submit a written attestation from an officer of the corporation such as its vice-president of finance rather than audited statements with its benefits reports.

The Commission, however, denies Shaw’s proposal to calculate spending on the expansion of international news bureaus in U.S. rather than Canadian dollars.

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