Bell Media Introduces the Next Big Music Series THE LAUNCH at MIPCOM

— October 16, 2017

– Jane Rimer to represent new international TV format THE LAUNCH –
– Reinventing the music television series genre, THE LAUNCH delivers an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life –
– Boldface roster of international musical superstars on board as mentors for CTV’s Canadian version of THE LAUNCH include Shania Twain, Fergie, Boy George, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Alessia Cara, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, Julia Michaels, Jennifer Nettles, and more –
– Bell Media partners Scott Borchetta from Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), and Insight Productions on inaugural Canadian version –

CANNES (October 16, 2017) – Hot on the heels of wrapping its inaugural production in Toronto, Canada, Bell Media unveiled at MIPCOM today the next big music TV format, THE LAUNCH. Represented at the market by Jane Rimer, the all-new international format comes from Bell Media and world-renowned music mogul Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group. Reinventing the music competition series genre, THE LAUNCH debuts a new and unique format, documenting an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life. Created for markets around the world, in each close-ended, hour-long episode of THE LAUNCH, five unsigned emerging artists compete for the opportunity to record and perform a new original song, mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours. Each of the six episodes kicks off with the introduction of a new original song that has been created by a renowned songwriter. Then, each of the five artists audition for the mentors, including Borchetta, for the chance of a lifetime: to record that original song. After deliberating, the mentors choose two of the artists they feel have the most potential and are the right fit for the original song, working with them over the next 48 hours to shape the song according to their abilities and strengths. And then it’s showtime: the two artists compete against one another, performing their rendition of the original song in front of a live audience as the mentors watch the song come to life. The mentors then decide which version of the song will be released across the country immediately following the broadcast of the episode – ultimately deciding in that moment whose career will soar – and all in the span of one episode! The inaugural edition of THE LAUNCH, created for CTV, Canada’s #1 private broadcaster, recently wrapped production and will premiere on the network in early 2018. “Unlike any other music television program, each episode of THE LAUNCH begins with a new song created and shaped by the best-of-the-best within the music industry, filling a resounding gap in the genre by pairing new songs with the best-fitting emerging artists – and then immediately launching these new songs to the world,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Each week, our mentors and live studio audiences were blown away by the caliber of unsigned talent in our midst. We are proud of this genre-busting new program and can’t wait to showcase this original format to international buyers.” “The formula driving THE LAUNCH: a shot at “that one big break” with a great song, top-notch production, and all-out marketing, is a dream come true for any aspiring artist,” said Scott Borchetta. “Not only did this out-of-the-box concept attract a dream team of world-class music industry mentors, each week both our mentors and our live studio audiences were part of alchemy in action. We can’t wait for viewers across Canada and around the world to experience the creation and launch of music’s next big songs.” In the Canadian version for CTV, each week’s song will be released leveraging the multiple platforms and resources of Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company. Following the conclusion of each episode, the chosen songs are immediately available and promoted on Bell Media platforms across the country, including Bell Media Radio, Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, along with the iHeartRadio Canada app and Bell Media’s stable of leading digital and TV properties. Bell Media’s commitment to the winning artists continues with major media and promotion the day after the episodes air on flagship Bell Media radio and television properties. A staggering roster of musical A-listers joined Borchetta as mentors in the Canadian version of THE LAUNCH, including international musical icon and reigning “Queen of Country Pop” Shania Twain; Culture Club alumnus and Grammy® Award-winner Boy George; eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum superstar Fergie; Canadian singer and songwriter and international pop sensation Alessia Cara; rock icon and founding member of legendary rock band Mötley Crüe Nikki Sixx; sought-after songwriter with her own recent hit single “Issues”, Julia Michaels; and Grammy® Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland Jennifer Nettles. Award-winning producers/songwriters cast alongside Borchetta in the breakout season of THE LAUNCH include OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, busbee (P!nk, Shakira, Blake Shelton), Dann Huff (producer behind more than 50 #1 hit records ), Ian Kirkpatrick (behind multi-platinum hit songs from Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez), and Canada’s own Stephan Moccio, the music mastermind behind massive, inescapable hits like the quintuple-platinum “Wrecking Ball”. At MIPCOM, CTV’s THE LAUNCH will be represented by Jane Rimer, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the international media and entertainment space. Currently Jane is spearheading the international growth of one of Canada’s largest media entities, Insight Productions. Prior to Insight, Jane founded independent media consultancy, NYLON LIFE Media LLC, based in New York which she ran for over 12 years. The consultancy focused on the areas of strategic business planning, brand development in the television and multimedia platform space, executive production and content distribution. Before launching her own shingle, Jane was Senior Vice President, Development and Programming at FremantleMedia North America – one of the world leaders in television branded IP creation and content exploitation. Jane has worked out of the U.S. and Canadian markets since moving to New York from London in 1996, when she opened a creative development and distribution office for Pearson Television International. Jane’s career began in the U.K. international distribution sector at Reiner Moritz Associates followed by The TV Sales Company and SelecTV. Following in the successful footsteps of CANADIAN IDOL, THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, THE JUNO AWARDS, the MuchMusic and Coca-Cola Covers competition, and most recently, the launch of iHeartRadio Canada, THE LAUNCH was put into development in January 2016. The series was co-developed by and is produced by Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS). THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Lindsay Cox and Paul Franklin are Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

About Big Machine Label Group
Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music as well as its own digital radio station, Big Machine Radio. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles; chart-topping acts Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Aaron Lewis, THE VOICE winner Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers Midland, Carly Pearce, Delta Rae, The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Tucker Beathard, and Tara Thompson. BMLG also helms soundtracks for the hit TV show NASHVILLE. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People’s Choice, and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit BigMachineLabelGroup.com for more information.

About Eureka

Eureka is a next-generation production company combining the expertise, credibility and key relationships traditionally found within large multi-national production companies with the energy and nimbleness of a startup. Launched in January 2016, Eureka has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney and produces both unscripted and scripted programs. Within less than a year of opening Eureka has over sixty hours of programming commissioned in 2017 with more series to be announced soon.

About Insight Production Company, Ltd.

Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by CEO John Brunton & COO Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION; THE JUNO AWARDS; CANADA’S WALK OF FAME; BIG BROTHER CANADA; HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD; and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – the most watched Canadian series on record – were collectively nominated for 31 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 taking home 14 statues. Year after year, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA wins the Golden Screen, the CSA for the highest-rated reality program in Canada. Other productions include: CANADIAN IDOL; BATTLE OF THE BLADES; NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME; INTERVENTION; TOP CHEF CANADA; READY OR NOT; FALCON BEACH; and A CHRISTMAS FURY. Recently, Insight produced THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking and multiplatform content for the global market in every genre. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary. For more information visit www.insighttv.com.

About Bell Media

Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

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