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Initial Celebrity Mentors for Season 2 of THE LAUNCH Announced

Days before production kicks off on the highly anticipated second season of its hit original series THE LAUNCH, the first wave of celebrity mentors on deck to guide this season’s round of hand-picked emerging artists vying for an opportunity to create a new hit single. Recording superstar Ryan Tedder, the creative force behind THE LAUNCH Season 1 certified platinum hit single “Ain’t Easy”, returns to the series in a dual role as celebrity mentor and producer, along with Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and Max Kerman, the 4x JUNO-Award winning frontman for Hamilton rock band Arkells.
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Top Chef Canada Season 7 – CASTING CLOSED!

Top Chef Canada returns for its seventh season off the heels of earning the title of Food Network Canada’s #1 show this spring! Air dates and other information regarding the new season coming soon.

Boat Rocker acquires majority stake in Insight Productions

Boat Rocker Media has acquired a majority stake in Insight Productions.

John Brunton will continue to run all aspects of the company. The senior management team and showrunners remain in place, as will the entire Insight team. Barbara Bowlby, Insight COO and president, is stepping down but will remain a senior advisor and shareholder of the company.

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The Launch will return for a second season

Bell Media has confirmed that its competition format The Launch will return for a second season.
Season one (6 x 60 minutes) premiered in January to an average 2+ audience of 1.14 million viewers (across CTV, CTV Two, Much, VRAK and Canal Vie) and was later picked up by Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which is distributing the format and the original Canadian series worldwide (excluding Canada). As well, SPT’s London, U.K.-based production company Electric Ray signed on to produce a local version of the format for the U.K. market.

Filming is scheduled to begin in Toronto in September, with new episodes premiering as part of CTV’s 2018/19 season. Casting is now OPEN!

Second City & Insight partner for Netflix special

Netflix has commissioned an original comedy special exploring the legacy of Canadian sketch show SCTV. To be directed by Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese, the untitled special will reunite SCTV co-stars Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Dave Thomas.

The stars will come together in front of a live audience at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre on May 13 for An Afternoon with SCTV, moderated by Jimmy Kimmel.

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