Randy Lennox Appointed President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media

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TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke announced today the appointment of Randy Lennox to the newly created position of President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media, effective immediately.

A veteran entertainment executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, Lennox will oversee all of Bell Media's English independent and in-house entertainment productions for conventional, specialty, pay television, and digital media, bringing the company's production teams together under one leader. Lennox will also oversee all English and French radio and local television broadcasting and their associated digital assets. Reporting directly to Mary Ann Turcke, Lennox becomes a member of Bell Media's Senior Leadership Team.

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Randy Lennox is the leading executive in the Canadian music industry. While the business has endured a myriad of technological and marketplace challenges, he has consistently grown market share and revenue through talent acquisition and strategic alliances. As President and CEO of Universal Music, the country's leading music company, he was responsible for more than 50% of domestic and international recording artists, who in total have won 178 JUNO Awards. Some of the Canadian talent he has signed or helped elevate to the international stage include Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, Drake, Hedley, Diana Krall, Nickelback, The Tenors, The Tragically Hip, as well as Canada's newest breakout star, The Weeknd, among others.

Recognized by Macleans magazine for his talent and production work as one of Canada's Top 50 most influential people, Lennox has been an integral part of the production of THE JUNO AWARDS and the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS for many years. He is also the executive producer for CTV's Vancouver 2010 anthem "I Believe" and is an executive producer with Insight Productions for CANADA'S WALK OF FAME.

"Randy joins us at a pivotal time as the media industry experiences significant change," said Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media. "He brings to Bell Media an unparalleled record of success, a deep understanding of the complexities of the entertainment industry, and a passion for creative multimedia content. We look forward to his expertise in creating new revenue opportunities in television, radio and digital, including building strategic alliances and special, tent-pole events for our key brands."

"Bell Media and Universal Music are the leading companies in their respective industries, so I am delighted to take on this new challenge," said Lennox. "I look forward to working with Mary Ann and the Bell Media team as we enhance our leadership position while growing new strategic opportunities for the business."

Over the past decade, while the music industry has been tackling the biggest challenges in its history - including the shift to digital listening and its monetization - Lennox has delivered the leadership and vision to help Universal Music Canada thrive during this period of change. Universal has been named "Company of the Year" for 15 consecutive years at Canadian Music Week, while Lennox himself has been honoured seven times with the Executive of the Year distinction. He was also named International Executive of the Year by the Worldwide Radio Summit in 2014.

Lennox has been honoured as a member of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and sits on board of directors for Music Canada, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), Canada's Walk of Fame, and the board of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Lennox's philanthropic time and efforts have raised more than $25 million in Canada while increasing the profiles of numerous charities and causes both nationally and internationally. Lennox recently won a Juno Award for Song of the Year for producing "Wavin' Flag," a single that raised more than $2 million in disaster relief funds for Haiti. Lennox is a director of Music Counts and the Smilezone Foundation, a Canadian charity that aims to improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles.

About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 10,500 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

SOURCE Bell Media

For further information:

Eleni Tenuta, Bell Media, 416.384.3530, or Eleni.Tenuta@bellmedia.ca
Emily Young Lee, Bell Media, 416.384.2593, or Emily.YoungLee@bellmedia.ca

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