Voltron: Legendary Defender to air on Family CHRGD

DHX Media’s Family CHRGD channel will air Voltron: Legendary Defender. A special presentation of the series is set for Sunday, July 22nd at 5 PM, with the series officially running every weekday at 9:20 AM/1:30 PM/6:30 PM (all times eastern).

A re-imagining of World Event Production’s 1984-1985 Voltron: Defender of the Universe series, itself a loose adaptation/combination of Toei Animation’s Beast King GoLion and later Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, Legendary Defender debuted on Netflix in June 2016. The series, produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and WEP (with animation by Avatar/Legend of Korra’s Studio Mir in South Korea) has been greenlit for at least 78 episodes, of which 52 have been released to date. Its broadcast on Family CHRGD comes as a result of a production and distribution agreement between DHX Media and DreamWorks. Continue reading

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CRTC reveals 2017 TV channel financial data

The CRTC released their financial report for Canadian broadcasting in 2017. Tracked between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, total broadcasting revenue dropped 3.3% year-over-year. The total number of TV (cable/IPTV/satelite) subscribers in the country declined 1.9% from the year before.

Do note that the CRTC has changed the way they’ve distributed information on individual channels. Rather than separate pages for each service hosted on their website, they’ve instead dumped all of it in a large PDF file on Open Canada. View the blog’s coverage on last year’s results here. Continue reading

CRTC approves sale of Comedy Gold to Wow! Unlimited Media

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has approved the sale of Bell Media’s Comedy Gold TV channel to Wow! Unlimited Media. The decision came today as the result of a public hearing held in Gatineau on May 31st. The cost of the transaction will be $6.8 million, with Bell Media gaining a 12% ownership stake in Wow! Unlimited. The deal to launch a “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment” was first announced in June 2017.

The commission felt the sale would be “in the public interest and will increase the variety of children’s and youth programming available to Canadians.” The new channel, tentatively known as Wow TV, has had its license renewed until August 31, 2023. That said, the CRTC did have some concerns to address: Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Yo-Kai Watch stays in L.A., Beyblade Burst’s third season gets dub title

Breakdown

Yo-Kai Watch dub hasn’t moved to Vancouver
Beyblade Burst Turbo readies as Teletoon slips back into shortlived Evolution reruns
Buddyfight Ace dub preview

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Canadian Theatrical News: Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours 3rd LoveLive! Tour ~WONDERFUL STORIES~

The fourth in the series to hit the country, Azoland Pictures and Cineplex have once again partnered up to bring a Love Live! concert to Canada. On schedule this time is Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours 3rd LoveLive! Tour ~WONDERFUL STORIES~. The screening is an non-subtitled presentation of a broadcast from the June 9th performance at the MetLife Dome in Saitama, Japan. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

GKIDS is bringing Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Shaft’s Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? movie to North American theatres this July. The film, which opened in Japan last August, will get an arthouse run in Canada, though our neighbors down south will receive a much larger Fathom Events release. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere Event

Funimation and Cineplex have teamed up for an Attack on Titan special event. The company has planned the release of Attack on Titan: Roar of Awakening, the compilation film based on the anime’s second season, alongside the world premiere first episode of the show’s third season. North American audiences will get to see it nearly two weeks before the season’s Japanese television debut on July 22nd. Continue reading

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