ICYMI: More cuts at Rogers Media, Globe and Mail adds event offerings
In case you missed it: An additional 15 employees have been cut from Rogers Media's publishing group, the Globe and Mail has added an events venue to its new building and Corner Gas has found a new (animated) Emma.
Cuts to publishing staff at Rogers Media
Rogers Media continued to rollout changes to its publishing group as it moves towards a more digital-focus, cutting 15 employees on its current affairs team this week, specifically at Maclean’s magazine. The cuts were a reaction to the “ongoing challenges facing the print media industry,” according to a statement from the company.
Events wanted at Globe and Mail’s new home
The Globe and Mail‘s new office on King St. East in Toronto will soon be home to an event space. The Globe and Mail Centre, located at 351 King St. E., will begin accepting bookings in May and can accommodate up to 400 people for events such as conferences, weddings, gala dinners and executive meetings. Phillip Crawley, publisher and CEO of the Globe and Mail said in a statement that the new addition marks an evolution for the Globe, and the Centre “will function as a hub for thought leadership and a destination for informed Canadians to congregate, debate and interact.”
Corrine Koslo to join Corner Gas animated cast
Corrine Koslo has been added to the cast of the Comedy Network’s animated re-boot of Corner Gas. Koslo will voice Emma Leroy following the 2016 passing of Janet Wright, who portrayed Emma in the original series. Koslo, a longtime friend of Wright’s, will join creator and star Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewaniuck, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn and Nancy Robertson as they return to an animated version of Dog River. Voice recordings are currently underway in Vancouver and Toronto, with the animation slated to begin in May. The 13-episode series is expected to premiere on the Comedy Network sometime in 2018.
NBC renews The Good Place
NBC announced this week that it would bring back Kristen Bell-led comedy The Good Place for a 13-episode second season. The Good Place, which aired on Global in Canada, stars Bell as a woman who dies and, throughout her journey through the afterlife, realizes she has not been a good person. She’s guided through her journey by an afterlife mentor played by Ted Danson. Global previously aired The Good Place in its 8:30 p.m. time slot on Thursdays. A rep from Global could not confirm whether or not The Good Place would be returning to Global.
Rogers Radio and Seneca College kick off annual internship program
For the fourth consecutive year, Rogers Radio has partnered with Seneca College to host its GenNOW internship program. Three senior broadcasting radio students have been selected for the 10-week program, which will see students Robyn Thomson, Jordan Kerr and Leeron Stern hosting the KiSS 92.5 overnight programming between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. One of last year’s participants, Kayla Pappaianni, was recently employed as regular on-air talent for the station.
Fuel Digital Media adds to portfolio
Quebec-based digital media agency Fuel Digital Media has added a number of Canadian sites all focusing on the technology and entertainment industries to its advertising portfolio. New partners include movie showtime aggregator CinemaClock.com (and French-language aggregator site Cinoche.com), tech news site Branchez-vous.com and French entertainment site ShowBizz.net.
Dodd Media Group adds PGA Tour Digital to offerings
Media planning agency Dodd Media Group has added PGA Tour Digital to its media offerings. Its current portfolio includes The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Golf Digest and W, as well as Time Inc.’s luxury group, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Departures. According to Dodd Media Group, the site reaches 9.5 million monthly unique viewers, up 21% year-over-year, and 20 million monthly impressions in Canada. Dodd Media Group president Bob Dodd added that the enthusiasm for golf (which is said to be in a decline) seems ready to rebound, with Tiger Woods returning to the game and young players such as Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day joining the PGA Tour.