-- Massively popular entertainment website now a daily entertainment
-- All TMZ-Branded TV Content Now Exclusive to CTV, Star! and CTV.ca --
-- TMZ Launches Sept. 10 on CTV and Star! --
TORONTO, and BURBANK, CA, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - As the 2007 Toronto
International Film Festival begins, CTV President of Programming Susanne Boyce
and Warner Bros. International Television President Jeffrey R. Schlesinger
have announced that CTV has secured an exclusive, multiplatform content
package for TMZ, the massively popular entertainment brand, anchored by
TMZ.com and a new daily entertainment series. The deal - brokered by Boyce on
behalf of CTV and with WBITV represented by Mickie Steinmann, Vice President &
General Manager, Canadian Operations - cements CTV's position as Canada's
leading entertainment news source and complements CTV's existing Canadian
entertainment properties. CTV and its No. 1 suite of entertainment properties
- including Star!, CTV.ca and The CTV Broadband Network - will have exclusive
access to TMZ-branded television content in Canada. TMZ - the new daily,
30-minute entertainment series based on the No. 1 entertainment website,
TMZ.com - will air weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET on Star! and at 1 a.m. ET on
CTV beginning this coming Monday, September 10.
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The deal gives CTV the Canadian broadcast rights to the daily
entertainment news series as well as exclusive access to TMZ content -
stories, sources, photos and video - for use in Canada. Additionally, content
from TMZ.com will be available on CTV.ca, which will be updated around the
clock through a 24/7 newsfeed. As well as airing on CTV and Star!, TMZ will be
available on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca, where episodes will be
available on demand.
"TMZ is one of the fastest-rising entertainment properties in the world,"
said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media
Group. "The TMZ series is a great companion to eTalk, a wholly-Canadian brand
that has pioneered entertainment news in this country."
"TMZ provides a unique opportunity for a broadcaster to thrive in the
digital age and reach viewers in a variety of ways, as the unprecedented deal
for TMZ on TV also includes several groundbreaking, multiplatform elements
that integrate television programming with the Internet in ways never before
seen," said Schlesinger. "We are thrilled that CTV will bring TMZ to Canada,
and we look forward to building the show into a long-running hit that will
deliver the latest in entertainment news to Canadian viewers and provide value
for CTV and its related businesses."
Continued: to read the complete release, please visit ctvmedia.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Scott Henderson, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5305