Media Beat: November 14, 2018

Media Beat: November 14, 2018

By David Farrell

Corus nabs former Mindshare Canada director

Corus' SVP of marketing and social digital agency reveals why Darcy MacNeil was the ideal choice to head its social content studio. – Media in Canada

Bell offers limited time discount for new Crave TV subscribers

According to a company press release, Bell is offering a 50% off promo that runs through until December 10 that proffers a discount for new customers for their first four months on a monthly subscription or an annual subscription for the price of nine.

DHX Media reports $2.4M loss

The children's entertainment company says it lost $2.4 million compared with a profit of $8.1 million a year ago, due to a larger non-controlling interest in Peanuts and a non-cash write-down in deferred financing charges. – CP


Steve Faguy’s latest Media News Digest

President Trump, CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta and @NBCNews Correspondent @PeterAlexander engage in tense exchanges in a post-election news conference. — NBC News (@NBCNews) November 7, 2018 There was a whole thing about CNN's Jim Acosta and Donald Trump getting into a thing at a press conference that led to Acosta's White […] – Fagstein blog

Strike looms at Globe and Mail

Unionized workers at The Globe and Mail could be on strike by midnight Wednesday as they seek pension protection and an end to a pay gap between male and female employees.

The 320 Unifor Local 87-M members, including reporters, editors, circulation/operations and advertising sales staff, have been negotiating with the Globe for six months.  Talks have been stalled for the past two months with virtually no movement from the employer, who is also demanding a two-year wage freeze and an increase in employee benefit premiums. – Unifor press release

YouTube named sponsor of ABC’s ‘New Year’s Eve TV show

YouTube Music has reached a multi-year agreement with dick clark productions to be the presenting sponsor of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

The agreement follows YouTube TV’s deals to be the sponsor of high-profile sporting events on TV including the World Series and the NBA Finals. – Broadcast & Cable


Radioplayer intros new touch touchscreen dashboard

The ‘hybrid’ prototype is multiplatform, able to play DAB digital radio, FM, and Internet radio streams. But unlike most modern car radios, the Reference Radio shows a single list of stations across all those platforms. There’s no need to select different sources like DAB, FM, or Internet first – the driver just taps a station logo to play it, and the system does the rest. – Radio Today



Ryan Seacrest among eight named Giants of Broadcasting

Eight television luminaries were named Giants of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation Tuesday in New York, with Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy, TV/radio host Ryan Seacrest and Tegna President/CEO Dave Lougee among the inductees. – Broadcast & Cable blog

Meet the millennials changing the face of media

The media industry is taking a new shape in the face of challenges ranging from declining ad revenue to political hostility. But the members of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Media List prove that the work of journalists, storytellers and media entrepreneurs is more vital than ever.

A year after #MeToo, Hollywood’s got a malaise money can’t cure

In the 100-year history of Hollywood, rarely if ever has so much upheaval arrived so fast and on so many fronts. For streaming upstarts like Netflix and Amazon Studios, where the cultures are still forming and money is gushing, the disruption is invigorating. But the rest of the entertainment business is filled with a deep unease. It is not just old-guard men moping about the end of their supremacy. It’s midlevel vice presidents at merging companies worried about whether they are about to lose their jobs. – Brooks Barnes, The New York Times



Winnipeg-born Douglas Rain, who performed for 32 seasons with the Stratford Festival in Ontario but was perhaps most famous for one faceless movie role — the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick’s landmark 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey” — died on Sunday in St. Marys, Ontario. He was 90. – TheNew York Times


DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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