Rock Gods, Pop Stars, Hair Bands, and More: Music Meets Television on Bell Media’s “Project Latte”

— November 28, 2014

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TORONTO (November 28, 2014) – The definitive stories behind some of the world’s most influential music legends have found a home on “Project Latte,” it was announced today. From the Beatles and the Band to Jay-Z and U2, Bell Media’s upcoming subscription on-demand video streaming service, launching next month, will feature a collection of premium TV programming expressly dedicated to music and its icons, curated with insight from Bell Media’s in-house music experts. Representing a wide variety of genres from Heavy Metal to Pop, “Project Latte’s” Music collection will include feature-length documentaries like THE ROLLING STONES: CROSSFIRE HURRICANE as well as entire television series, such as the critically acclaimed HBO series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS from BBC Worldwide. The collection of programming will give music lovers an exclusive and extensive look at some of the most influential artists of all time, who helped shape contemporary music. At launch, “Project Latte’s” Music collection will include more than 50 titles at launch.

Dave Grohl in the HBO documentary series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS from BBC Worldwide.

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“From heavy metal rock gods and generation-defining stadium legends, to pop icons and cult heroes – the world of music is a fascinating subject to explore on television,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media. “Once again, we’re defining Project Latte by delivering programming not found anywhere else, including this exclusive collection of can’t-miss music specials and documentaries.” “Project Latte’s” Music Collection Featured Documentaries •    Exclusive to “Project Latte” are full, feature-length documentaries examining the lives and careers of artists and groups such as Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Freddie Mercury, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Marvin Gaye, and more. •    THE ROLLING STONES: CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, the 150-minute feature released in 2012 on the occasion of the Stones’ 50th anniversary documenting the early years of the legendary band, is also exclusive to “Project Latte.” Featured Series •    Available exclusively on “Project Latte” later in 2015, the acclaimed eight-part HBO documentary series FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS from BBC Worldwide follows the band as they explore the roots of American music and record their eighth album. •    The 11-episode, Gemini Award-nominated documentary series METAL EVOLUTION from Banger Films (Super Duper Alice Cooper) comes exclusively to “Project Latte,” and traces the roots of heavy metal and its subgenres. •    DOWN THE TRACKS is an exclusive series chronicling the musical leanings and influences of iconic artists such as Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan. •    INXS: NEVER TEAR US APART is a four-hour exclusive scripted mini-series chronicling how six suburban boys in a band from Australia conquered the world with a unique sound and a work ethic that became legendary. In an exclusive collaboration with the band and those who knew them best, the Shine Australia-produced drama tells for the first time the extraordinary and uncensored story of INXS, who, with over 30 million records sold worldwide are one of Australia’s most successful rock bands ever. Featuring a stellar cast and unprecedented access to an archive of music, it's the ultimate rock-'n'-roll story of mateship, conflict, success, and excess. CLASSIC ALBUMS •    CLASSIC ALBUMS is an exclusive documentary series from Eagle Rock Entertainment that features a behind-the-scenes look at the best and most influential pop, rock, and heavy metal albums with in-depth interviews with those involved in the making of the album and commentary from artists who have been heavily influenced by these records. •    Albums explored include Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”, Bob Marley’s “Catch A Fire”, “Who’s Next” by The Who, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”, Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, U2’s “The Joshua Tree,” Rush’s “2112/Moving Pictures”, and more. BEHIND THE MUSIC •    Exclusively on “Project Latte,” VH1’s Emmy award-nominated documentary series BEHIND THE MUSIC focuses on some of the world’s most influential artists. •    The series chronicles the successes and hardships faced by musical artists such as John Lennon, Genesis, Heart, and Judas Priest, and includes interviews with the subject themselves, family members, friends, colleagues, and fellow musicians. Programming announced today represents content from Banger Films, BBC Worldwide, Eagle Rock Entertainment, and Shine Group. Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of programming confirmations by Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte” and set to launch in December. Devoted exclusively to the best content on television, the service will feature thousands of hours of content representing TV’s top premium brands, including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue; an unmatchable comedy slate headlined by SEINFELD and featuring every single episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS; TV programming not found anywhere else in Canada, including MANHATTAN;  a Superhero collection headlined by some of the most-watched television programs on air including ARROW and THE FLASH; and a Sci-Fi & Fantasy collection led by genre blockbusters ORPHAN BLACK and DOCTOR WHO. Additional details about “Project Latte” - including its final name - will be announced in the weeks to come. About “Project Latte”: Created for TV lovers and devoted exclusively to television, “Project Latte” is Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, “Project Latte” will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium non-kids TV programming, with more than 350 unique TV titles. Designed to complement traditional television and available to all TV providers, to date “Project Latte” will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs. Set to launch later this year, “Project Latte” is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company. About Bell Media: With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, 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 premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; 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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For more information, please contact: Eleni Tenuta ,Senior Communications Manager Eleni.tenuta@bellmedia.ca or 416.384.3530