Monday, June 05, 2017

Corus Upfront 2017: Corus Proudly Bolsters Its Diverse 2017/18 Programming Slate With New And Returning Series

Official Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via CorusEnt.com:

CORUS ENTERTAINMENT PROUDLY BOLSTERS ITS DIVERSE 2017/18 PROGRAMMING SLATE WITH NEW AND RETURNING CANADIAN ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS


Home to Win Season 3 Joins Global’s Schedule, Alongside Critically-Acclaimed Series Mary Kills People and Detective Drama Private Eyes


The Bachelor Canada Joins the Specialty Slate Along With All-New Homegrown Series Sarah Off The Grid, The Baker Sisters, Bud Dynasty, Hunting Nazi Treasure, and Mysticons, Plus New Seasons of Vikings, Travelers, Top Chef Canada, Bryan Inc., and More


Corus Studios and Nelvana Expand Their Slate of Proven Hits and Premium Animation for International Sale


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TORONTO, June 5, 2017 – Corus Entertainment announced today its vast and versatile slate of new and returning Canadian content, showcasing exceptional storytelling, an amazing roster of homegrown talent, and original, high-quality productions. New season orders of outstanding established hits underscore Corus’ commitment to investing in Canadian content across its portfolio of brands, championing original series, and fostering Canadian talent, both in front of and behind the camera.

Additionally, with strategically curated programs featuring globally appealing themes and formats, Corus Entertainment’s Corus Studios and Nelvana have grown their slates of premium original content which are now available in more than 160 countries and territories around the world, supporting Corus’ goal of becoming Canada’s leading media and content company.

“Corus is extremely proud to work with our country’s most talented writers, artists, producers, and showrunners on first-rate productions for our scripted and unscripted slates,” said Barb Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “This year’s lineup of exemplary original productions is bursting with homegrown personalities, exceptional narratives, compelling characters, and tried-and-true formats that further solidify our roster of powerful Canadian content.”

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With offices in Toronto and Paris, Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana (Canada’s premier animation company and world-class producer and distributor of children’s content), continues to expand and strengthen its portfolio on an international scale, securing numerous global licensing deals including Nickelodeon (U.S.) for Mysticons, Disney Channel (U.S.) for Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Discovery Kids (Latin America) and Disney Channel (U.S.) deals for The ZhuZhus, and broadcast deals in France, Germany, Finland, and Australia for Ranger Rob.

The momentum across Corus’ Kids Networks is fuelled by the longstanding success, accomplished artists, and creative vision of Nelvana. With nearly 300 talented artists and animators working in its Toronto studio, Nelvana has 14 series in full production and more than 20 shows in development for 2017/18. Nelvana’s stellar original animated content joining Corus’ leading kids’ networks this year include the genre-defining action series Mysticons. Slated for YTV this fall, the contemporary series follows four girls who transform into legendary warriors and undertake a quest to find a magic tome. Produced in association with Sony Pictures Animation, and based on the blockbuster film franchise, Hotel Transylvania: The Series focuses on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, and her three closest friends who put her brilliant ideas of how to run the Hotel into motion, and is set to premiere on TELETOON this fall. Produced by Nelvana in association with Kids Can Press, the charming short film The Most Magnificent Thing joins preschool network Treehouse this fall. Based on Canadian author Ashley Spires’s bestselling picture book of the same name, the short film animates the tale of an unnamed girl, her furry best friend and their quest to make the most magnificent thing – even though creating it might not be that easy. Nelvana’s preschool adventure series Ranger Rob has been greenlit for a second season, and new episodes of the dynamic duo Max & Ruby return this fall on Treehouse.

The action continues as YTV also introduces new Canadian original series to its lineup, ReBoot: The Guardian Code. Reimagining the 1994 animated cult classic show ReBoot, the live-action/CG-animated hybrid series is set to debut in spring 2018. Produced by WOW! Unlimited Media’s Mainframe Studios, the series follows four teenagers selected to become the Next-Generation Guardians of cyberspace.

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About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

Corus Studios and Nelvana are divisions of Corus Entertainment

About Corus Studios
Corus Entertainment has a longstanding history of success in the children’s animated content category through its production and distribution giant Nelvana. Since 2016 Corus Studios has been producing and distributing original lifestyle content globally. From hit series Masters of Flip to Buying the View and Home to Win, Corus Studios’ series are now available in over 100 territories worldwide.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage. For more information, visit www.nelvana.com.

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Also, official Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via CorusEnt.com:

CORUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES 2017/18 SPECIALTY LINEUP WITH A DYNAMIC RANGE OF POWERHOUSE PROGRAMMING AND PERENNIAL FAVOURITES


Corus Specialty Leads in Blockbuster Entertainment with Premium New Dramas The Sinner, Absentia, Marvel’s Runaways, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, Valor, Knightfall, The Bold Type, and college-ish, Plus New Seasons of Highly-Acclaimed Series Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Travelers, Supergirl, Mr. Robot, Outlander, and Vikings


Lifestyle Portfolio Boasts Hit Franchises The Bachelor Canada and Top Chef Canada Along with New and Returning Series From Network All-Stars Bryan Baeumler, Mike Holmes, Scott McGillivray, Sarah Richardson, and the Scott Brothers


Canada’s Unrivaled Leader in Kids Content Unveils Family-Friendly Slate of Hit Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network Shows Fueling #1 Networks YTV, Treehouse, and Animation Station TELETOON, While Debuting More Disney Magic on its Exclusive Suite of Networks


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TORONTO, June 5, 2017 – Corus Entertainment announced today its spectacular slate of premium new programming and returning hits for the 2017/18 season across its powerful Specialty portfolio. Corus’ expansive Specialty assets boast bold new series featuring Hollywood heavyweights, fascinating unscripted content from Canada’s leading lifestyle experts, and an exceptional offering of original content across all genres that complement and fortify its suite of leading media brands. Leading the industry in unscripted and scripted Specialty content, Corus is home to six of the Top 10 Specialty Entertainment networks* – HISTORY®, Showcase, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, and YTV – and remains the go-to destination for women’s and kids’ programming, with the Top 5 women’s channels (W25-54) and the Top 5 kids’ channels (K2-11)*. “Corus is the undisputed leader in Specialty entertainment with a superior suite of brands, rich with original curated content, riveting unscripted series, captivating dramas, and outstanding kids’ programs,” said Barb Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Our diverse and compelling slate of hotly anticipated new series and returning hits further cement Corus’ Specialty networks as premier destinations for ground-breaking and compelling content for all Canadians.”

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KIDS

As the #1 destination for kids’ programming in Canada*, and home to the Top 20 programs for children, Corus is the undisputed leader in kids content year over year. At the helm of its powerful, family-friendly suite of children’s networks is YTV, the #1 channel for K2-11* and home to the best animation and live-action series. The Zone, YTV’s flagship after-school programming block kicks back weekdays from 4 p.m.– 6 p.m. ET/PT with countless new episodes of the most popular animated Nickelodeon series including SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House, followed by primetime family viewing with new episodes of Nickelodeon’s best live-action series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn, Henry Danger, Hunter Street, and Game Shakers. New original series added to YTV’s 2017/18 schedule include Mysticons (Nelvana) and ReBoot: The Guardian Code. Read more about Corus’ Canadian original slate HERE.

Treehouse, Canada’s #1 preschool network (K2-6)*, ushers in fall with new episodes of the popular Nickelodeon series Rusty Rivets, and new episodes of the dynamic duo, Max & Ruby.

Animation domination continues on TELETOON with new seasons and episodes of beloved Cartoon Network series such as Ben 10, Amazing World of Gumball, We Bare Bears, and Steven Universe. Plus, this fall, new series Hotel Transylvania: The Series, produced by Nelvana in association with Sony Pictures Animation, joins the action-packed weekend morning lineup on TELETOON.

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* Numeris PPM data, Total Canada, SP’17 std (Jan2/17-May7/17) confirmed data, Canadian Commercial Specialty English channels ex.sports channels, Mo-Su 2a-2a, AMA (000), A25-54 unless otherwise noted, program rankers based on 3+ airings / kid rankers based on kids channels only (including non-commercial channels)
**Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada FL’16 (Aug29/16 – Jan1/17) – confirmed data, Mo-Su 2a-2a, AMA (000), Canadian Commercial Specialty English, ex.sports channels. A18-49 and A18-34, program rankers based on 3+ airings
***Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Broadcast YTD (8/29/2016 – 5/7/2017) – confirmed data, Mo-Su 2a-2a, AMA (000), Canadian Commercial Specialty English, ex.sports. A25-54 and A18-49 unless otherwise noted, program rankers based on 3+ airings

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About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.

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