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Bell Media Unveils its Brand-New Online Viewing Destination NOOVO.ca and NOOVO App – Canada NewsWire

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“Noovo.ca is now becoming an essential destination for accessing news and entertainment. It enables us to provide an exceptional platform highlighting all the depth, diversity and quality of our homegrown French-language content,” stated Karine Moses, Vice Chair, Quebec, and Senior Vice President, Content Development and News, Bell Media. “Both the general public and subscribers to our specialty channels will benefit from an improved online experience thanks to simple, seamless navigation across all our platforms.”

Bell Media is maintaining its commitment to being a leader in developing exceptional news and entertainment programming on each of its platforms. Noovo.ca users can access additional functions and create personalized profiles allowing them to watch new series such as Sur ta rue and Le grand move, exclusive video content, series from specialty channels and the first episodes of many original productions, available both live and on demand.

A DIGITAL HOME FOR NOOVO INFO  

A section of Noovo.ca is dedicated to content from its news division, Noovo Info. Starting tonight at 5 P.M., viewers can watch live episodes of the news show NOOVO LE FIL, exclusive content and additional information. Led by a team of experienced anchors, journalists and correspondents, NOOVO LE FIL will report on current affairs from multiple angles using dynamic formats. It will offer a variety of viewpoints that provide context to daily news stories, while analyzing them from a concrete and grounded perspective.

“The offering unveiled today is only the first step, as we will launch a website dedicated to Noovo Info this fall. It will provide a new digital destination for news from across Quebec,” explained Suzane Landry, Vice President, Content Development, Programming and News.

SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY FOR BELL MEDIA SPECIALTY CHANNELS

From Noovo.ca, subscribers to Bell Media specialty channels (Canal D, Canal Vie, Investigation, VRAK and Z) may view their favourite content at no extra cost with proof of a subscription, regardless of their TV provider. This option is also valid via the Noovo app, which is fully integrated with Google TV, Apple devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and Android. The app will soon be available on Apple TVs (Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD TV).

  • On the web: Noovo.ca
  • On smartphones and tablets: iOS (11 or higher), Android
  • On smart TVs: Google TV and Apple TV
  • On digital media players: Chromecast

Already firmly established as a viewing destination for Quebec audiences, Noovo.ca is growing in popularity and has amassed millions of views since its launch in 2016. With the addition of specialty channels to its offering, this platform will be more essential than ever for viewers. Noovo.ca was created and developed entirely in Canada. It is a property of Bell Media, the country’s biggest content provider, which broadcasts Canada’s most popular and award-winning shows on conventional, digital, pay-per-view and specialty channels.

ABOUT NOOVO

Noovo is the network that does things differently! Reality TV, comedy, variety, and fiction from here and abroad: Noovo’s rich, entertaining and unifying programming offers an escape from everyday life. Noovo shatters the conventional television model by offering content on all platforms, for everyone, everywhere, all the time. A division of Bell Media, Noovo includes television stations in Montréal, Québec City, Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, as well as affiliates stations in Gatineau, Rivière-du-Loup and Val-d’Or. The network’s ad-supported VOD service Noovo.ca provides access to all of the brand’s original programming in addition to exclusive content. To explore the Noovo universe, visit noovo.ca.

ABOUT BELL MEDIA IN QUÉBEC

Bell Media is a leading content creation company with premier assets in Québec in television, radio, digital media, out-of-home and more. Bell Media operates a number of French-language TV services including conventional network and digital destination Noovo, as well as eight specialty and pay TV services – Canal D, Canal Vie, Z, VRAK, Investigation, SUPER ÉCRAN, Cinépop and RDS, Québec’s #1 sports channel. Bell Media also operates CTV Montréal, the #1 English news outlet in Québec, and Crave, the bilingual video streaming service with more than 7,200 hours of exclusive French-language content. The company develops and operates websites, apps and online platforms for its news, sports and entertainment brands, including RDS Direct and Noovo.ca. Bell Media is Québec’s leading radio broadcaster, with 25 stations in 13 communities, all part of the iHeartRadio Canada brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Montréal-based Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces and has a minority interest in Montréal’s Grandé Studios. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at BellMedia.ca.

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Movie theaters face uncertain future

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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Maryo Mogannam snuck into the Empire theater in San Francisco with his older cousins to watch “Animal House” when he was 14. He watched most of the James Bond movies at the historic art house and took his wife there on some of their first dates.

The cinema, which had been showing movies since the silent film era, served notice in February that it was permanently closing because of the impact of COVID-19. The marquee is now blank, and cardboard and paper cover the box office window.

“It’s kind of like losing a friend,” said Mogannam, now 57, who owns a retail shipping outlet near the theater, which had been renamed the CineArts at the Empire.

As vaccinated Americans emerge from their homes, they also may find their neighborhood theater is not there to greet them.

An eight-cinema chain in New England said it will not reopen. The same fate hit a Houston art house beloved by director Richard Linklater and, in a shock to Hollywood, more than 300 screens run by Los Angeles-based Pacific Theatres. That includes the Cinerama Dome, a landmark that hosted several red-carpet movie premieres.

Following a year of closures, theaters face deferred rent bills plus media companies’ focus on drawing customers to streaming services. Up to one-fourth of the roughly 40,000 screens in the United States could disappear in the next few years, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.

The National Association of Theatre Owners rejects that estimate, spokesman Patrick Corcoran said, noting that similar dire warnings accompanying the advent of television and the switch to digital screens never came to pass.

Hollywood filmmakers want cinemas to thrive.

“It’s the only place where the art dominates,” said “Avatar” director James Cameron. “When you watch something on streaming, the other people in the room with you are welcome to interject, to pause to go to the bathroom, to text.”

At theaters, “we literally make a pact with ourselves to go and spend two to three hours in a focused enjoyment of the art.”

“For 300 people to laugh and cry at the same time, strangers, not just your family in your house, that’s a very powerful thing,” said Chloe Zhao, Oscar-nominated director of best picture nominee “Nomadland.”

At the Academy Awards on Sunday, the movie industry will “make a case for why cinema matters,” producer Stacey Sher said. While acknowledging the hardship of the pandemic, “we also have to fight for cinema and our love of it and the way it has gotten us through things,” she said.

About 58% of theaters have reopened in the United States and Canada, most restricted to 50% capacity or less. The biggest operators – AMC, Cinemark and Cineworld – make up roughly half the overall market.

Industry leaders project optimism, forecasting a big rebound after restrictions ease and studios unleash new blockbusters.

Coming attractions include a new Bond adventure, the ninth “Fast & Furious” film, a “Top Gun” sequel and several Marvel superhero movies.

“Avatar 2,” Cameron’s follow-up to the highest-grossing film of all time, is set to debut in December 2022. Some box office analysts predict 2022 ticket sales will hit a record.

Supporters point to late March release “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which brought in roughly $48.5 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices over its first five days, even though audiences could stream it on HBO Max.

“That was a big win for the entire industry,” said Rich Daughtridge, president and chief executive of Warehouse Cinemas in Frederick, Maryland.

But near- and long-term challenges loom, particularly for smaller cinemas.

Theaters are negotiating with landlords over back rent. A federal aid program was delayed due to technical problems.

Plus, media companies are bringing movies to homes sooner. Executives say streaming is their priority, pouring billions into programming made to watch in living rooms as they compete with Netflix Inc.

Most at risk are theaters with one or two screens, Wedbush Securities’ Pachter said. He said his best guess is between 5,000 and 10,000 screens could go permanently dark in coming years.

“I think we’ll see a gradual decline in the number of screens,” Pachter said, “just like we’ve seen a gradual decline in the number of mom-and-pop grocery stores and bookstores.”

 

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Additional reporting by Rollo Ross in Los Angeles, Alicia Powell in New York and Nathan Frandino in San Francisco; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Applications open for Pattison Media 2021 Prairie Equity Scholarship – Lethbridge News Now

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By Pattison Media

Apr 19, 2021 12:01 PM

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Applications are now being accepted for Pattison Media’s 2021 Prairie Equity Scholarship competition.

The scholarship is aimed at broadcast and digital media students in the Prairie provinces who are part of under-represented groups.

Two awards of $2,000 will be made to residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba who in 2021 are attending or planning to attend a recognized broadcast or digital media program at a post-secondary institute in one of the three provinces.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Tops Box Office Again, Crosses $80 Million in the U.S.

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will set aside C$12 billion ($9.6 billion) to extend its main pandemic support measures in a budget to be presented on Monday, the Toronto Star reported, as much of the country battles a virulent third wave of COVID-19 infections.

The emergency wage subsidy and the emergency rent subsidy, due to expire in June, will be extended to the end of September, the Star reported on Sunday.

Separately, the government will create the “Canada Recovery Hiring Program” in June meant to help those companies depending on the wage subsidy to pivot to hiring again, the newspaper said.

The Finance Ministry declined to confirm or comment on the report. However, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp on Sunday that government pandemic supports would continue for as long as needed.

“If Canadians need that support and the pandemic continues, the government will certainly have their backs,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson also confirmed that the budget would be “ambitious” and that the government would “invest for jobs and growth to rebuild this economy,” though he also said there would be “fiscal guardrails” to put spending on a “sustainable track”.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will present the country’s first budget in two years on Monday after promising in November up to C$100 billion in stimulus over three years to “jump-start” an economic recovery during what is likely to be an election year.

Canada has been ramping up its vaccination campaign but still has a smaller percentage of its population inoculated than dozens of other countries, including the United States and Britain.

Amid a spiking third wave of infections, Ontario, Canada‘s most populous province, announced new public health restrictions on Friday, including closing the province’s borders to domestic travelers.

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(Reporting by Steve Scherer, Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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