Shaw Media’s plans for three new shows

At yesterday's BCON Expo, the broadcaster announced plans to bring HGTV's Dream Home to Canada as well as a new series and a digital platform.

When it comes to content marketing, from product integration (demonstrating GE appliances in Top Chef Canada) to branded entertainment (creating a wholly Tim Horton’s-owned episode of Donut Showdown), Shaw Media believes it’s well-versed enough in the arena to take on a new challenge: weaving multiple brand stories across multiple platforms for a single property.

Shaw Media is currently in talks with HGTV in the US to adapt its Dream Home series for Canada and attach it to a slew of brand partners, revealed Ann-Marie Spurr, director of Shaw’s Marketing Ventures Group, at BCON Expo yesterday. The show, she says, will be the first to bring advertisers together, from appliance and furniture to paint and building supplies, to build their brand narratives across various platforms, from TV to events to web to social, with the series property at the centre of it all.

For example, the show (which has been running in the US for the past 17 years and follows the construction of a luxurious dream house for a final episode sweepstakes) could include behind-the-scenes specials, in-store on-pack promotions, a how-to web series, design-a-room social content, events such as house tours as well as themed rooms, which various advertisers can attach themselves to.

This model will also be adopted for a new digitally-driven property called Food Network’s Great Canadian Cookbook, which will set out to inspire Canadians around cooking and recipes, living entirely online as a robust regional content catalogue for the Food Network community, said Emily Morgan, senior director, original lifestyle content at Shaw Media.

It won’t be a flash in the pan initiative, the long-term UGC property will have national scope, with teams travelling across the country to curate recipes from different regions and directly from Canadians, with advertisers not just being given “a page in the book” with a sponsored logo on a specific recipe, but the opportunity to co-write the platform’s story with the Shaw Media team, added Spurr.

And lastly, on the heels of the Food Network’s Donut Showdown series, where pro bakers compete to create the ultimate circular pastry, Shaw Media plans to launch a pilot for a third property announced at the conference, called the Ultimate Food Showdown. The series will go beyond donuts and showcase other foods, like pizza, in each episode and connect relevant brands (for example, Pizza Pizza) to that specific food.

Photo: (Nelvin Cuvin – Detonategroup) Ann-Marie Spurr, director of Shaw’s Marketing Ventures Group