-- 40-year-old hockey theme song saved --
-- TSN, RDS to employ song this Fall for NHL coverage --
-- CTV to utilize theme song for Vancouver 2010
Olympic Hockey Coverage --TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - CTV Inc., together with Copyright Music &
Visuals, today announced that CTV Inc. has acquired all rights to 'The Hockey
Theme' in perpetuity, preserving the song's legacy and ensuring it will be
heard on national television for years to come. 'The Hockey Theme' song will
now live on CTV Inc. properties TSN, RDS and across Canada on CTV during
coverage of the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics as outlined below.
The deal between CTV and Copyright Music & Visuals was agreed to in
principle after the CBC publicly announced last Friday at 5 p.m. ET that a
deal could not be reached with the rights holders. Due diligence was completed
The song, which was created by Vancouver's Dolores Claman in 1968, will
now be used in NHL broadcasts on TSN and RDS beginning this Fall. In addition,
CTV will utilize the song as part of its hockey coverage during the upcoming
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
"The song has a long and storied history in Canadian sports and has
become ingrained in the hearts and minds of hockey fans across the country. It
is an iconic tune, embraced by Canadians everywhere, and we felt it was
imperative to save it. We know we will be in hockey forever, so there's no
doubt this acquisition will create value for us," said Rick Brace, President,
Revenue, Business Planning and Sports, CTV Inc. "It's an honour and a
privilege to own such a cherished piece of Canadiana."
"I am very moved by how so many Canadians have taken the hockey theme to
heart. We are so pleased the song has found a new home," said Claman. "CTV has
displayed a tremendous amount of respect for my family and the song in our
discussions. 'The Hockey Theme' means so much to Canadians, and we know it's
in good hands with CTV."
The announcement complements TSN's new six-year multi-platform NHL deal,
featuring more coverage of Canadian teams than ever before with at least one
Canadian team in every game. Earlier this year, RDS extended its exclusive
rights agreement with the Montreal Canadiens through the 2012-13 season.
CTV, together with TSN and RDS, boast the most powerful and prestigious
sports programming lineup in the country featuring the NHL and Stanley Cup
Playoffs, NFL games and the Super Bowl, every CFL game including the Grey Cup,
International Hockey including the World Juniors, NBA, Blue Jays Baseball, all
four golf Majors, all four tennis Grand Slam events, Season of Champions
Curling, NASCAR and F1, and this month's NBA Finals and UEFA EURO(R) 2008.
About Copyright Music & Visuals
John Ciccone is founder of Copyright Music & Visuals (CMV), which
specializes in copyright clearance and music consulting since 1985. Since
1993, John or CMV has had the pleasure of administering the publishing and
copyright in 'The Hockey Theme', composed by Dolores Claman.
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.
For further information: Bonnie Brownlee, CTV Inc., (416) 332-7190 or
firstname.lastname@example.org; Andrea Goldstein, CTV, (416) 332-7575 or