The Comedy Network Acquires JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

— June 5, 2014


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TORONTO (June 5, 2014) – The Comedy Network just got funnier: JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE premieres exclusively in Canada on the channel this fall. The announcement was made moments ago by Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, at the 2014 #CTVUpfront presentation. The late-night talk show, now in its 12th season, is set to follow THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET, in simulcast with ABC, beginning in September. The addition of JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE adds to Comedy’s strength in late night, where it is currently the #1 entertainment specialty network during THE DAILY SHOW and THE COLBERT REPORT, with almost twice the audience of the closest entertainment specialty competitor in the timeslot.

“Jimmy Kimmel’s brand of cheeky humour is the perfect fit for Comedy’s share-worthy, late-night lineup,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “Adding Jimmy to our already hilarious roster truly makes Comedy the funniest place in town.”

In a taped message presented at the 2014 #CTVUpfront, Kimmel humorously credited Toronto mayor Rob Ford for bringing him to Canada and suggested to the audience of ad buyers they might be interested in purchasing advertising space on his body.

Jimmy Kimmel has a new, exclusive Canadian home on The Comedy Network

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The weeknight, late night talk show, is packed with hilarious, often viral, comedy bits, including regular segments such as “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. One such human interest story Kimmel continues to cover in great detail is the ongoing tribulations of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Emmy®-winner Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE. Jill Leiderman, Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.


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About The Comedy Network

Canada's first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.


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