– THE LAUNCH's new social media exclusive special to stream live on ETALK's Facebook page Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET* –
– ETALK Reporter Liz Trinnear moderates an intimate sit-down chat featuring all
six chosen artists from THE LAUNCH's inaugural season –
– A truly interactive experience for fans, viewers across the country can submit questions for the
six chosen artists in real time, which will be curated and asked during the Facebook Live special –
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TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - CTV announced today a truly interactive experience for fans of THE LAUNCH, as the network readies an exclusive Facebook Live special, ETALK LIVE: THE LAUNCH ARTISTS. Featuring all six chosen artists from THE LAUNCH's inaugural season together for the first time and hosted by ETALK Reporter Liz Trinnear, the Facebook Live special streams on ETALK's Facebook page (@etalkCTV) Thursday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 p.m. ET*.
Logan Staats, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, The Static Shift, POESY, Jayd Ink, and this Wednesday's sixth chosen artist discuss their overall experience on the show, working with their celebrity mentors, and reflect on becoming overnight chart-topping sensations. Audiences watching on social media can submit questions which will be curated and asked live during the Facebook Live special.
Streaming live from a downtown Toronto recording studio whose clients have included the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, and The Tragically Hip, the six chosen artists will meet each other for the first time in the special. In a heartfelt conversation, the artists will trade stories of working with some of the biggest names in the music biz on the ground-breaking series and discuss the 48-hour creative challenge that led to the launch of their six successful new original hit songs.
ETALK LIVE: THE LAUNCH ARTISTS also features exclusive series outtakes and life-changing moments from hometown visits and media junkets with each of the six chosen artists.
Excerpts from the Facebook Live episode will also air on ETALK (weekdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO) next week and on THE LAUNCH's seventh and final episode of its inaugural season, THE LAUNCH: JUST LAUNCHED, premiering Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.
"THE LAUNCH's chosen artists have achieved great success with their original songs topping the charts and each of the artists building their fan bases and becoming part of the Canadian fabric of music," said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. "Partnering with Facebook for this new social media episode is a well-deserved celebration of their successes and furthers Bell Media's commitment to developing new innovative programming and interactive experiences for viewers and fans alike."
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The first four singles from THE LAUNCHchosen artists (POESY's "Soldier of Love", Logan Staats "The Lucky Ones", Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine's "Ain't Easy", and The Static Shift's "Wide Awake") soared to #1 on iTunes Canada, while Jayd Ink's "Codes" debuted at #7 on iTunes' pop chart. All songs released have surpassed more than 3 million streams internationally to date.
With only two episodes remaining, THE LAUNCH airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/ PT on CTV and CTV GO, and in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much, and in French on VRAK and Canal Vie.
THE LAUNCH format was put into development in January 2016 and was co-developed by Randy Lennox and Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, and Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).
THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Cox are Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
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Hosted by Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporters Liz Trinnear and Chloe Wilde, and L.A. Correspondent Jesse Giddings, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and iHeartRadio MMVAs, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production and Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. More information about ETALK can be found at etalk.ca, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
*(Run time approximately set at 40 mins.)
For further information: Natalie Cole, THE LAUNCH Publicist, [email protected] or 416.580.7741; Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, [email protected] or 416.384.2629; Patricia Garcia, CTV Networks, [email protected] or 416.384.2645