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Blockbuster FX channel coming to Canada

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX, home to groundbreaking, genre-defining dramas such as The Shield, Justified, Damages and Sons of Anarchy, is coming to Canada.

The new channel, FX Canada, will launch Nov. 1 as a digital channel, and will be owned and operated independently by Rogers Media Inc. The agreement between Rogers and U.S.-based FX Networks ensures that, once existing contracts with other Canadian broadcasters expire, high-profile FX programs such as Louie, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Wilfred, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the upcoming American Horror Story will air in Canada on the same day and date as the initial U.S. broadcast. FX Canada will be given first right of refusal to all FX productions.

Rogers Media broadcasting president Scott Moore made the announcement to Canadian journalists early Saturday alongside FX entertainment president John Landgraf and FX Productions development chief Eric Schrier.

Moore described the move as both common sense and a signal by Rogers Media that it intends to expand beyond its current reach. Rogers Media owns and operates the Citytv network of stations in Canada, the Sportsnet cable channel and OLN, among others.

As a Category B digital channel, FX Canada will have immediate access to 1.7 million Canadian homes. Moore said Rogers is in negotiations with Shaw Media so that the new channel will have coast-to-coast reach.

The new channel will feature a renewed commitment to Canadian drama programming, Moore added, and will open a window for homegrown Canadian productions into the U.S. market.

Landgraf for his part described the new channel as “an emissary to the Canadian creative community,” adding that FX will take a hard look at any Canadian productions developed for the new channel.

Moore said FX Canada will give Rogers the ability to show Canadian drama on more than one outlet, potentially reaching new viewers. Frequent Gemini nominee Murdoch Mysteries, for example, has only been available on Citytv until now.

“It gives us more landscape for Canadian productions, and a show like Murdoch Mysteries,” Moore said.

Moore said FX Canada will apply the same care and attention to its homegrown dramas as FX does to its own shows.

“We want to do smart, edgy, Canadian shows,” Moore said. “It’s going to take time. We want to do it extremely well. We’re not going to rush something out the door just to get it out there.”

FX Canada will not be “just another City,” Moore said. “It’s going to be its own channel.”

That said, there will be some crossover.

The buzzed-about new drama series American Horror Story, for example, from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, debuts Oct. 5 on FX. Moore said that Citytv will promote the program heavily, but it will not air until Halloween, as FX Canada won’t be on the air until Nov. 1. American Horror Story will then continue to air day-and-date with its parent network.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Blockbuster FX channel coming to Canada

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX, home to groundbreaking, genre-defining dramas such as The Shield, Justified, Damages and Sons of Anarchy, is coming to Canada.

The new channel, FX Canada, will launch Nov. 1 as a digital channel, and will be owned and operated independently by Rogers Media Inc. The agreement between Rogers and U.S.-based FX Networks ensures that, once existing contracts with other Canadian broadcasters expire, high-profile FX programs such as Louie, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Wilfred, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the upcoming American Horror Story will air in Canada on the same day and date as the initial U.S. broadcast. FX Canada will be given first right of refusal to all FX productions.

Rogers Media broadcasting president Scott Moore made the announcement to Canadian journalists early Saturday alongside FX entertainment president John Landgraf and FX Productions development chief Eric Schrier.

Moore described the move as both common sense and a signal by Rogers Media that it intends to expand beyond its current reach. Rogers Media owns and operates the Citytv network of stations in Canada, the Sportsnet cable channel and OLN, among others.

As a Category B digital channel, FX Canada will have immediate access to 1.7 million Canadian homes. Moore said Rogers is in negotiations with Shaw Media so that the new channel will have coast-to-coast reach.

The new channel will feature a renewed commitment to Canadian drama programming, Moore added, and will open a window for homegrown Canadian productions into the U.S. market.

Landgraf for his part described the new channel as “an emissary to the Canadian creative community,” adding that FX will take a hard look at any Canadian productions developed for the new channel.

Moore said FX Canada will give Rogers the ability to show Canadian drama on more than one outlet, potentially reaching new viewers. Frequent Gemini nominee Murdoch Mysteries, for example, has only been available on Citytv until now.

“It gives us more landscape for Canadian productions, and a show like Murdoch Mysteries,” Moore said.

Moore said FX Canada will apply the same care and attention to its homegrown dramas as FX does to its own shows.

“We want to do smart, edgy, Canadian shows,” Moore said. “It’s going to take time. We want to do it extremely well. We’re not going to rush something out the door just to get it out there.”

FX Canada will not be “just another City,” Moore said. “It’s going to be its own channel.”

That said, there will be some crossover.

The buzzed-about new drama series American Horror Story, for example, from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, debuts Oct. 5 on FX. Moore said that Citytv will promote the program heavily, but it will not air until Halloween, as FX Canada won’t be on the air until Nov. 1. American Horror Story will then continue to air day-and-date with its parent network.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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Headline, Industry News

Blockbuster FX channel coming to Canada

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX, home to groundbreaking, genre-defining dramas such as The Shield, Justified, Damages and Sons of Anarchy, is coming to Canada.

The new channel, FX Canada, will launch Nov. 1 as a digital channel, and will be owned and operated independently by Rogers Media Inc. The agreement between Rogers and U.S.-based FX Networks ensures that, once existing contracts with other Canadian broadcasters expire, high-profile FX programs such as Louie, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Wilfred, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the upcoming American Horror Story will air in Canada on the same day and date as the initial U.S. broadcast. FX Canada will be given first right of refusal to all FX productions.

Rogers Media broadcasting president Scott Moore made the announcement to Canadian journalists early Saturday alongside FX entertainment president John Landgraf and FX Productions development chief Eric Schrier.

Moore described the move as both common sense and a signal by Rogers Media that it intends to expand beyond its current reach. Rogers Media owns and operates the Citytv network of stations in Canada, the Sportsnet cable channel and OLN, among others.

As a Category B digital channel, FX Canada will have immediate access to 1.7 million Canadian homes. Moore said Rogers is in negotiations with Shaw Media so that the new channel will have coast-to-coast reach.

The new channel will feature a renewed commitment to Canadian drama programming, Moore added, and will open a window for homegrown Canadian productions into the U.S. market.

Landgraf for his part described the new channel as “an emissary to the Canadian creative community,” adding that FX will take a hard look at any Canadian productions developed for the new channel.

Moore said FX Canada will give Rogers the ability to show Canadian drama on more than one outlet, potentially reaching new viewers. Frequent Gemini nominee Murdoch Mysteries, for example, has only been available on Citytv until now.

“It gives us more landscape for Canadian productions, and a show like Murdoch Mysteries,” Moore said.

Moore said FX Canada will apply the same care and attention to its homegrown dramas as FX does to its own shows.

“We want to do smart, edgy, Canadian shows,” Moore said. “It’s going to take time. We want to do it extremely well. We’re not going to rush something out the door just to get it out there.”

FX Canada will not be “just another City,” Moore said. “It’s going to be its own channel.”

That said, there will be some crossover.

The buzzed-about new drama series American Horror Story, for example, from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, debuts Oct. 5 on FX. Moore said that Citytv will promote the program heavily, but it will not air until Halloween, as FX Canada won’t be on the air until Nov. 1. American Horror Story will then continue to air day-and-date with its parent network.

Source: Vancouver Sun

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