Television

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Upfronts 2019: Fox and NBC’s content and commercial plans

Initiative’s Emily Douglas on NBCU’s Prime Pods and Shoppable TV formats and FOX’s compressed commercial pods.

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Big Bang takes the week: Numeris

Sheldon – both the old version and the young version – topped the charts for the week in every market.

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Visa and Sportsnet pair on live lead-in ad unit

The recent ad unit integrates actual live gameplay with the made-in-Canada creative.

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Raptors post another kind of historic victory

Kawhi Leonard’s series-winning shot was, in every sense, peak basketball.

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Veteran TV exec Maria Hale departs Corus

Hale’s exit follows a year of massive improvement for conventional network Global.

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Why Initiative held its own ‘reverse upfront’

Agency president Helen Galanis on empowering media companies to be the experts, the right way to approach data and how to take the disruptors out of the equation.

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Rogers Media cancels 2019 Upfront

The company called the decision a “difficult, but fiscally responsible” one as it shifts its focus to customized agency presentations.

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CTV to cut jobs in digital restructure

Some existing jobs will be eliminated, but a number of new positions will be filled to support a digital focus.

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Big Bang pulls in big numbers again: Numeris

Sheldon – both the old version and the young version – topped the charts for the week in every market.

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TSN, Canada Football Chat partner on new prospect game

The inaugural CanadaFootballChat.com Prospect Game is part of an aim to bring national exposure to high school football.

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Will TV see another Game of Thrones?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: maturing with your audience is key.

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Adult Swim reveals another set of premiere dates

The slate includes popular cartoon series Archer and one from the mind of Tyler, the Creator.

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City leans into reality and competitions for summer

The network’s biggest series, America’s Got Talent, officially kicks off May 28.

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New partnership aims to bring cannabis content to Boomers

The Baby Boomer-focused media company will include cannabis content from Civilized in Zoomer Magazine as well as TV, radio and digital.

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ICYMI: Eurovision coming to OMNI, Crave boosts LGBTQ content

Plus, Mountain Equipment Co-op gets interactive in-store with some help from Cineplex Digital Media.