MIPCOM 2016: Kiefer on “bizarre” U.S. election fight

CANNES, France –“This is the most bizarre election cycle I’ve seen in my lifetime, and I remember Watergate, so I’ve seen some stuff.” That was Kiefer Sutherland earlier this week in conversation for a story I wrote for The Canadian Press. You can read the entire article here. Sutherland plays U.S. president Tom Kirkwood, the… Read on

MIPCOM 2016: Most dangerous new show award

CANNES, France — This week’s international TV marketplace, MIPCOM, features a crushing amount of content. It’s overwhelming even in this age of Peak TV. Sure, there are the big costume dramas. The Young Pope will star Jude Law and Diane Keaton (“A Holy Hit!” says Variety.) Based on the Margaret Atwood bestseller, MGM Television has The Handmaid’s Tale.… Read on

MIPCOM 2016: “Talent Voices” speak for Canada

CANNES, France — Do “Talented Voices Drive International Appeal”? That was the title of an all-Canadian panel I had the privilege of moderating this week at MIPCOM, the international TV marketplace. Every year, Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund work to showcase worthy Canadian productions to industry buyers and sellers and network executives from around the… Read on

MIPCOM REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

CANNES, France — Do we really want to do the time warp again? The question was semi-answered Tuesday night as Fox premiered it’s shot-in-Toronto re-boot of the ’70s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Fox PR department pulled out all the stops for the packed screening, with party hats and boas provided at… Read on

MIPCOM 2016: short takes

CANNES, France — One of the “stars” who walked the red carpet here Monday night was Rick Harrison. Yes, that Rick Harrison, Vegas gold & silver pawn shop proprietor best known for Pawn Stars. Now, no offense to Harrison, but when you hear red carpet, you don’t exactly think of this guy. Nobody’s ever gonna… Read on

MIPCOM 2016: Day One

CANNES, France — If you think TV is already peaking in North America, brace yourselves for a world of content spilling over from the rest of the world. That’s my view on my third visit to MIPCOM, the international television marketplace. Here literally thousands of TV shows are shopped to content seekers from around the… Read on

Can MacLean take us home to Hockey Night in Canada?

On Saturday, Ron MacLean returns to a job he held for 28 years — host of Hockey Night in Canada. The past two NHL seasons, however, were spent in the wilderness; for Hockey Night in Canada, ratings-wise, and –quite literally — for MacLean. We all know what happened. Rogers acquired all national NHL rights for a dozen years… Read on

Kim’s Convenience an overnight success for CBC

Overnight estimates — a measure that means less and less these days — are in and the numbers for Kim’s Convenience so far are right where I expected. Tuesday’s back-to-back opener measured 835,000 and 805,000 viewers on the overnight scale. That was good enough for third in the timeslot in Canada behind Global’s strong rookie… Read on