Bell Media Studios’ Slate Expands with Two New Productions for 2019/20

— May 27, 2019

– Crave commissions two new series from Bell Media Studios starring Lainey Lui and Chloe Wilde, respectively –
– CTV confirms new seasons of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, THE SOCIAL, and ETALK; while YOUR MORNING continues with new episodes –
– DISCOVERY renews fan-favourite series, MIGHTY TRAINS, MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS, and DISASTERS AT SEA from Exploration Productions Inc. –
– Bell Media Studios programming reaches 7.5 million Canadians on linear television and 3.7 million users online each week –
– Bell Media Studios continues to work with more than 60 individual Canadian brands –

TORONTO (May 27, 2019) – In advance of the #CTVUpfront next week, Bell Media announced today the commissioning of two new series for Crave from Bell Media Studios, along with the renewal of 13 other programs for 2019/20. In the UNTITLED ELAINE “LAINEY” LUI SERIES, THE SOCIAL co-host and ETALK senior correspondent dishes on some of Crave’s most buzz-worthy programming. Based on ETALK reporter Chloe Wilde’s highly successful lifestyle website Healthy is Hot, HEALTHY IS presents a variety of healthy living tips in each episode.

From morning, noon, and night, Bell Media Studios has Canadians covered with its diverse, leading slate of lifestyle, entertainment and factual series, and live events. With 400 hours of content produced each week, Bell Media Studios’ daily programs, all renewed for new seasons this fall, reach an average of 7.5 million Canadians on Bell Media’s linear channels, and more than 3.7 million users across associated websites, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram accounts each week.

“Original, ambitious, informative, and entertaining, Bell Media Studios’ diverse range of programming speaks to every Canadian whether they enjoy factual, lifestyle, entertainment or live events,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Studios. “Our dynamic hosts and talented production team deliver more than 80 hours of programming each week, and their creativity, dedication, and drive is what continues to make Bell Media Studios a leader in producing award-winning, world-class titles that are ideal for brand and advertiser partnerships.”

The UNTITLED ELAINE “LAINEY” LUI series features Lui, along with a variety of fascinating guests, providing perspective and irreverent commentary on some of Crave’s big-ticket, pop culture programming.

HEALTHY IS features Wilde, along with special guests, discussing health, beauty, empowerment, and self-love, in the midst of today’s highly pervasive social media culture.

Also from Bell Media Studios:

  • Canada’s most-watched national morning show, YOUR MORNING, returns for a new season this fall with hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, news anchor Lindsey Deluce meteorologist Kelsey McEwen, and contributing co-host Melissa Grelo.
  • CTV’s original daytime lineup dominates as the Top 2 most-watched Canadian daily lifestyle programs, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL, celebrate their 10th and seventh seasons respectively this September.
  • Canada’s most-watched entertainment newsmagazine ETALK kicks off its 18th season this September with unmatched exclusive access to the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival®.
  • MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH IN CONVERSATION WITH, based on the fan-favourite podcast of the same name, enters production on a second season this summer.
  • Sold around the world in territories including Africa, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Latin America, Poland, CSA-nominated WHERE TO I DO? returns to Gusto for a third season in Spring 2020.
  • Major television events from Bell Media Studios continue in 2019/20 including THE 2019 IHEART RADIO MMVAs, THE ORIGINAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE, ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS, and the CSA-winning ETALK LIVE FROM THE OSCARS BALCONY.

Additionally, Bell Media Studios’ Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) division continues to produce entertaining and highly rated factual documentaries and series, for both Discovery Canada and more than 100 international broadcasters, including MIGHTY TRAINS, MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS, and DISASTERS AT SEA, which all return with new seasons.

Bell Media Studios continues to work with some of the biggest brands in the Canadian market. Over the past year, Bell Media Studios programs have worked with more than 60 individual brands, have had more than 200 in-show integrations, more than 70 branded digital stories, and more than 60 social media integrations. The Bell Media Studios’ Branded Entertainment team also continues to produce original, consumer-focused branded campaigns targeting clients’ core audiences. 

Commissioned by CTV:

YOUR MORNING
Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, with Lindsey Deluce (News), and Kelsey McEwen (Meteorologist), as well as contributing co-host Melissa Grelo, YOUR MORNING delivers original perspectives and unique insights into the headlines of the day, as well as weather, while showcasing lifestyle topics of interests to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW
Hosted by Marilyn Denis and taped before a studio audience, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW is a daily lifestyle and entertainment talk show featuring Canadian and international celebrities and experts. Celebrities who have appeared on THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW include Hugh Jackman, Diane Keaton, Bradley Cooper, Harry Connick Jr., Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Meghan Trainor, Jerry O’Connell, Eric McCormack, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Howie Mandel, Jason Momoa, Danai Gurira, Milo Ventimiglia, Amy Poehler, Derek Hough, Tatiana Maslany, and many more. Top lifestyle experts who have appeared on the show include Nigela Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Dr. Oz, Daphne Oz, Jillian Michaels, Kortney & Dave Wilson, Mike Holmes, Scott McGillivray, The Property Brothers, Joe Zee, Clinton Kelly, Carson Kressley, Bryan Baeumler, Debbie Travis and more. THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW also airs in the Middle East and North Africa on Discovery Channel (MENA).

THE SOCIAL
Co-hosted by Melissa Grelo, Marci Ien, Cynthia Loyst, and Lainey Lui, with correspondent Jessica Allen, THE SOCIAL brings a fresh, daily perspective on the up-to-the-minute news, pop culture, and lifestyle topics that matter most to Canadians in a socially interactive format. Broadcast live in front of a studio audience, guests who have appeared on THE SOCIAL include Ryan Reynolds, Jann Arden, Alessia Cara, Stephan James, Chelsea Clinton, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Ice Cube, Demi Lovato, Danny DeVito, Drew Barrymore, Chris Tucker, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kelly Clarkson, and Danai Gurira. In what feels like a can’t-miss lunch date with friends, the socially interactive series incorporates viewer feedback and exchange through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

ETALK
Hosted by anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, senior correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, reporters Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards, and L.A. correspondent Liz Trinnear, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and iHeartRadio MMVAs, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. ETALK celebrates both home-grown talent and international stars.

THE ORIGINAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE
For the 10th straight year on CTV, the beloved family tradition and annual broadcasting event, THE ORIGINAL SANTA CLAUS PARADE officially kicks off the holiday season this November. The arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be amplified like never before with all-new floats, a star-studded roster of live yuletide performances, exclusive celebrity cameos and holiday greetings.

ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS
ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS is the only Canadian entertainment news outlet broadcasting live from the OSCARS red carpet. ETALK anchor and YOUR MORNING co-host Ben Mulroney interviews the stars as they arrive from his coveted position on the carpet, second only to host broadcaster ABC, while ETALK anchor Danielle Graham and ETALK and THE SOCIAL’s Lainey Lui report from the exclusive balcony position for a birds-eye view of the OSCARS red carpet.

ETALK LIVE: THE OSCARS BALCONY
Launched in 2018 with the highly successful inaugural digital special, which secured the Canadian Screen Award for Best Host, Web Program or Series, ETALK LIVE FROM THE OSCARS BALCONY returns for a third year in 2020. The special invites audiences to join Danielle Graham and Lainey Lui live from the balcony position for a raw, in-the-moment red carpet show. Whether analyzing red carpet run-ins, gushing over the night’s major fashion moments, or eavesdropping on Mulroney’s interviews with Hollywood’s biggest names on the carpet below, nothing gets by these two.

THE 2019 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs
Fans get the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2019 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Gigi Hadid, Halsey, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Post Malone, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone.

Commissioned by Discovery Canada:

MIGHTY TRAINS – Season 3
Each one-hour episode is a journey into the fascinating world of rail travel, as host Teddy Wilson tells the stories of six exceptional trains and their scenic locomotive routes through Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Norway, Italy, and Australia. Wilson follows the inner workings of these unique rail journeys with immersive and in-depth accounts from train drivers, load-masters, head chefs, track inspectors, rail traffic control officers, and passengers. MIGHTY TRAINS airs in more than 100 countries around the world, spanning the U.K., Germany, Australia, France, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and throughout Asia.

MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS – Season 4
The world’s most luxurious and cutting-edge cruise ships are highlighted when the Discovery original series MIGHTY CRUISE SHIPS sets sail for Season 4. The six-episode season takes viewers to South America, the Canary Islands, Japan and South Korea, the Caribbean, Spain, and Alaska, highlighting the best vessel on which to set course for each tantalizing destination. Every one-hour episode delivers a see-all, hear-all journey through every moment above and below deck, from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human dramas of the seafarers and guest service staff.

DISASTERS AT SEA – Season 2
Already renewed for a third season, DISASTERS AT SEA Season 2 is scheduled to premiere on Discovery in early 2020. This six-episode, one-hour docudrama tells the unimaginable true story of a maritime disaster, combining harrowing re-enactments with expert analysis from marine investigators. Whether it’s survivor testimony about a sudden sound, GPS data about the ship’s speed, or the scatter pattern of wreckage at the bottom of the ocean, each piece of evidence helps investigators build a dramatic picture of the deadly chain of events. Armed with the newly-discovered facts uncovered by investigators, archival footage is combined with evocative re-enactments, CGI, and special effects to immerse viewers in each story and dramatically convey the catastrophic events. Each episode delivers a suspenseful journey into one of the deadliest jobs on the planet, the working men and women who choose this dangerous life, and the marine investigators who work tirelessly to help make the high seas a safer place.

Commissioned by Crave:

MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH IN CONVERSATION WITH – Season 2
Hosted by seasoned writer, director, and producer Mike Veerman, Max Kerman, lead singer of the multi-JUNO Award-winning rock band Arkells, and YouTuber and “pop culture aficionado” Shane Cunningham, each episode of MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH features long-form interviews, candid conversations, and comedic segments. Celebrity interviews include Alessia Cara, Jared Keeso (LETTERKENNY), Jodie Whittaker (DOCTOR WHO), Leon Bridges, Lights, Nile Rodgers, Noel Gallagher, and Sting & Shaggy.

Commissioned by Gusto:

 WHERE TO I DO? - Season 3
Produced by Bell Media Studios and Motion Content Group, the eight-episode, half-hour lifestyle program is hosted by Canadian property and design expert Tommy Smythe (THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, THE SEARCH FOR CANADA’S NEXT DESIGNER), who follows couples as they search for the wedding venue of their dreams. New episodes of WHERE TO I DO? air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Gusto. Episodes are also available now on Gusto’s YouTube channel as well as on Crave, CTV.ca, and the CTV app.

Jennifer Maclean is Executive Producer for YOUR MORNING. John Simpson is Executive Producer for THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. Laura Scarfo is Executive Producer for THE SOCIAL. Manny Groneveldt is Executive Producer and Jennifer Morrison is Co-Executive Producer for ETALK. Jennifer Couke-Cosgrove is Executive Producer for WHERE TO I DO?. John Kampilis is Executive Producer for Bell Media Studios Specials. Kelly McKeown is Director of Production, EPI. Michelle Crespi is Executive Producer for Bell Media Studios. Leah Borkwood is Director, Bell Media Studios. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Studios and President, Pinewood Toronto Studios.

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About Bell Media Studios
Bell Media Studios is Canada’s leading end-to-end content creator, developing and producing 80 hours of live and taped programming in-house, each week. Award-winning titles include ETALK, THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, THE SOCIAL, YOUR MORNING, and many original specials. The Bell Media Studios-run Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) is a multi-award-winning producer of ambitious, original, entertaining factual documentaries and series, for both Discovery Canada and other international broadcasters, including MIGHTY SHIPS, MIGHTY TRAINS, and the upcoming MARINE DISASTERS. In association with Motion Content Group, Bell Media Studios produces original lifestyle series DOG TALES RESCUE and Gusto’s #1 series for A25-54 in 2018 WHERE TO I DO?. As the majority owner of Pinewood Toronto Studios, Bell Media Studios also oversees operations of the 33.5 acre (13.5 hectares) facility in Toronto’s Port Lands. The complex includes 11 purpose-built stages, offices, teaching facilities, and support services for a growing roster of domestic and international film and television clients.

Sources: Numeris, Total Canada, Sep 17, 2018 – May 5, 2019, Average Weekly Reach, CTV Com, CTV2, CTV News Channel, E!

Omniture: Average UVs/week (TheLoop.ca and CTV.ca, Your Morning, Marilyn, The Social and etalk segments), March 31-May 18, 2019

Facebook Insights/Instagram Insights: average reach/week, March 31-May 18, 2019

YouTube Analytics: average UVs/week, March 31-May 18, 2019

Twitter Analytics: Lifetime viewers/views as of March 19, 2019

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