Canadian cable isn’t Viceland

Confirming an earlier report from The Globe and Mail, Rogers Media and Vice Canada have jointly announced the termination of their partnership. The Canadian Viceland cable channel will cease broadcasting on March 31, 2018. Vice Canada has also assumed complete ownership of the duo’s Toronto production studio and the 130+ hours of content produced for the channel. According to The Globe, Vice Canada employs roughly 200 people. Job losses are expected as a result of this announcement.

Spearheaded by former Rogers CEO Guy Laurence, the partnership with Vice dates back to 2014 as the two set out to collaborate on a $100 million joint venture to create Canadian content, with the eventual goal of launching a TV channel. In late 2015, that channel was revealed to be a part of the international Viceland format. A rebrand of The Biography Channel, the Canadian Viceland launched alongside its US counterpart on February 29, 2016.  Continue reading


Beyblade Burst Evolution on Télétoon; Mary and the Witch’s Flower in theatres next month

TV Passport is indicating that Télétoon in Quebec will run Beyblade Burst Evolution on Saturday, February 3rd at 2:30PM. An additional new episode will air on Sundays at the same time.

The first season premiered on Télétoon on May 6, 2017, and concluded on December 24, 2017. The channel had been airing reruns since that season finale. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Gintama

Azoland Pictures, Well Go USA and Cineplex are bringing Yūichi Fukuda’s live-action adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga to theatres in Canada this month. The film stars Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, and Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura. Fukuda both directed and wrote the film. Distributed in Japan by Warner Brothers, the film opened on July 14, 2017, and became the highest grossing local live-action release of the year. Continue reading

Nelvana, Spin Master and TMS Entertainment reunite for Bakugan revival

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During the company’s Q1 2018 financial result conference call, Corus Entertainment CEO Doug Murphy announced that the company’s Nelvana subsidiary will collaborate with fellow Canadian company Spin Master and Japanese animation studio TMS Entertainment on a new Bakugan series. The show will be aimed at today’s generation of children. While that’s pretty much all that was shared, he did state the company will announce additional information later this year.

Spin Master Global President and Chief Operating Officer Ben Gadbois stated in November that the new property would launch sometime within 2018 or 2019. The company initially announced plans for a new Bakugan in 2015.

Eagle-eyed fans have spotted what may be the series’ name. Continue reading

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! on Teletoon/Télétoon this month

Following a wide theatrical release early last month, the twentieth Pokémon theatrical feature will hit the Canadian small screens. Both the English and French Teletoon feeds will run it as part of their Christmas break schedule. According to TV Passport, the movie will air on Télétoon in Quebec on December 26th at 9:30AM and 4PM. English Canada will get the movie on December 27th at 7AM, 12PM and 6PM. Sandwiched between the screenings are repeat episodes of Pokémon The Series: Sun & Moon which run until 9PM.

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Odds & Ends: go90 streams Transformers internationally; Your Name. hits home video charts; Viceland Canada in doubt

Transformers: Combiner Wars is a 2016 Machinima produced web series animated by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan. It’s also widely considered to be one of the worst pieces of animated Transformers fiction ever created. In the United States, the series was initially streamed exclusively through go90, a Verizon owned ad-supported streaming platform that only operates in the country. Internationally, Machinima temporarily made it available on their YouTube channel. Hasbro has since uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

Combiner Wars is just part one of what’s being described as the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy. The second season, Titans Return, launched on go90 last month. Just go90. Globally. But don’t go to, because you’ll just get a message saying the service isn’t available outside the US. Continue reading

Bakugan reboot to launch within the next two years

Back in 2015, Toronto-based toy company Spin Master announced that they were developing a reboot of Bakugan. Carried by an anime series produced by TMS Entertainment and Nelvana, the boys action franchise meant big business between 2007 and 2012. Bakugan centred around a game played with plastic marbles that would transform when rolled over a metal card. Since that revival tease two years ago, Spin Master’s been silent about their plans for the franchise, but have just recently shared a tiny morsel of information. Continue reading