Media & Entertainment

Astral Media is a media corporation and the largest radio broadcasting company in Canada. It offers specialty and premium television, including Canal D, The Movie Network, Canal Vie, Family, and more. Astral is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols ACM.B and ACM.A. The company’s main competitors are Corus Entertainment, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bell Media, Inc., and others.

The company’s roots go back to the Canadian company Angreen Photo, which was established by the Greenberg brothers in 1961. In its present form, Astral was created in 1973 and named Astral Bellevue Pathé Ltd. It was engaged in video wholesaling and videocassette duplication, producing more than 100 television miniseries, television programs, and feature films. The name of the company was changed to Astral Media in 2000.

Astral Media owns a number of brands, among which HBO Canada, Teletoon, Super Ecran, NRJ, and others. HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment and Astral Media, featuring sporting events, live specials, comedy series, and behind-the-scenes content. The Movie Network is another brand and a pay television service, which is offered in eastern Canada. The movie network features dedicated high definition channels such as HBO Canada HD and MFun! HD. Super Ecran is a pay television service and the only one available in French. Teletoon Canada Ltd brings families, young adults, youth, and children the best in animation-related and animation entertainment through specialty television channels such as Teletoon, TELETOON, and TELETOON Retro. Other specialty and pay television channels include Canal D, Series +, Disney Junior, Disney HX, and more.

NRJ is another brand by Astral Media, built around non-stop hits and all-out humor. Boom, the radio of legends, honors legends like Janis Joplin, Bee Gees, Elvis, Beatles, and many others. Big Dog 100.9 is a source for music, fun, and information in Northern and Central Nova Scotia, featuring top performers such as Katie Perry, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Tragically Hip, and many others.

Astral Media also offers satellite radio with two channels, Energie and Rock Velours broadcast on Sirius Canada. The Rouge FM Network encompasses CHIK-FM 98.9, CIMO-FM 106.1, and other radio stations.
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Corus Entertainment is an entertainment and media conglomerate and a radio and specialty television producer in Canada. The company has assets in television broadcasting, advertising services, pay television, children’s animation, and children’s book publishing. Corus Entertainment is listed on TSX under the ticker CJR.B. Its main competitors are Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bell Media Inc., and Astral Media Inc., among others.

The company was founded by JR Saw and built from Shaw Communications’ media assets. It spun off in 1999 as an independent, publically traded company and expanded through a number of strategic acquisitions. Today, the entertainment brands of the company include Movie Central, Treehouse, Kids Can Press, Encore Avenue, and others. Corus invests in television dramas such as Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and Durham Country and Oscar-nominated movies, such as Eastern Promises and Away from Her through the Corus Made with Pay Fund and other funding initiatives. The production arm of Chorus Entertainment, Nelvana Studio produces globally renowned and award-winning brands – from new shows like Di-Gata Defenders, Bakugan, and The Backyardigans to literary classics such as Babar and Franklin. Nelvana Studio has won a number of program awards such as Geminis and Emmys and has a library of more than 3,200 episodes of programming.

The radio stations of Corus Entertainment offer a mix of country, adult contemporary, new rock, classic rock, and news talk and are committed to staying connected and serving communities across Canada. The company is also the first in Canada to offer Apple iTunes integration and an iPhone streaming application, making it possible to download radio content through smartphones and BlackBerry devices. The company encourages talent through a variety of initiatives such as 99.3 the FOX Vancouver Seeds and Canadian Artists Selected by You Awards.

Kids Can Press, a brand of Corus entertainment is the major publisher of children’s books on the Canadian market. It has published fiction and non-fiction titles and picture books for toddlers, children, and young adults. Partners of Kids Can Press include the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, and others.
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Eric Lemieux, Montreal based composer can help you create the exact Film Music you need for your original project. Eric Lemieux has written several soundtracks for film. Montreal based composer, he writes contemporary music.
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Harper Collins Canada is a publishing company which distributes books in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company represents and distributes Smithsonian Books, Hyperion and ESPN Books, and America's Test Kitchen from the US and distributes Canadian publishers such as Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi Press, and McArthur & Company.

Harper Collins has divisions in the United Kingdom, United States, India, Australia, and New Zealand. In Canada, its main competitors are Penguin Group Canada, Coach House Books, and others.

Harper Collins Canada was established in 1989 with the merger between William Collins & Sons Canada, Ltd, a British publisher, and the US Harper & Row. Since then, then publisher has grown to become an award-winning and prestigious company, with strengths in spiritual and reference books, cookbooks, children’s books, non-fiction, commercial, and literary fiction. In 2006, the company was awarded the Libris Award for Publisher of the Year – for the 3rd time in 5 years. The use of creative marketing strategies such as groundbreaking trailers, promoted in movie cinemas, online, and elsewhere, has helped establish the company as an innovative promoter. The company has a nomination for the 2006 Marketer of the Year by Marketing Magazine and awards by the Canadian Marketing Association in 2006.

Harper Collins Canada publishes famous Canadian non-fiction and fiction authors such as George Elliott Clarke, Charlotte Gray, Lawrence Hill, Greg Hollingshead, and many others. The award-winning children’s list of Harper Collins Canada includes authors such as Tomson Highway, Arthur Slade, and others. The company publishes bestsellers, self-improvement books, women’s studies, travel and adventure books, and more. It offers a list of famous international authors to the Canadian public, in addition to Canadian authors. Among them are Isabel Allende, Louise Welsh, Melania Mazzucco, and many others. Readers can check the publisher’s site to find the most emailed and most viewed books.

Apart from books, Harper Collins publishes author interviews and author essays, featuring top authors and top books. The imprints of the company in Canada include Harper Trophy Canada, Harper Perennial Canada, Harper Collins Publishers, and more.
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Penguin Group Canada is a publisher of fiction, literary, autobiography, reference, classic, and academic books. It is an affiliate of Penguin Group, which operates in the USA, the UK, New Zealand, China, South Africa, and other countries. The main competitors of the publisher are Harper Collins Canada, Coach House Books, and others.

Penguin Group Canada was established in 1974 as Penguin Books and initially, it operated as Penguin International’s distribution arm. In 1982, the company began to publish indigenous Canadian work, for example, paperbacks by Alice Munro, Timothy Findley, Robertson Davies, and Alice Munro, along with Company of Adventurers, the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company by Peter C. Newman. Penguin Group Canada also offers eBooks, which can be stored and read on eBook reading devices and computers. Readers can choose from different genres, including thriller, fiction, non-fiction, young adult, and others.

Penguin Canada publishes fiction, health and fitness, biography and autobiography, reference books, and more. It has published authors such as Guy Gavriel Kay, Michael Smith, William Shatner, Lev Grossman, and many others. Penguin Canada aims to publish books that explore issues of social importance and reach the broadest reading public. The books published by Penguin are often controversial and tackle subjects such as the crises faced in education and healthcare, the tragedies of the mentally ill and the homeless, Canadian nationalism, and the role of Canada in the global economy. Penguin Group Canada imprints include Viking Canada, Puffin Canada, and Hamish Hamilton Canada. The publisher distributes books in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States, including Gotham Books, Berkley, Hudson Street Press, and Viking USA, among others. In addition, Penguin Group Canada distributes books from a variety of foreign publishers such as Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber, W.W. Norton, and Icon Books. As a result of BBC Worldwide and Penguin forming a joint venture, BBC Children's Books has published a number of contemporary children’s brands.

Penguin Canada features discounts on bulk orders, and retailers can use the publisher’s zeitgeist publishing, classic titles, or bestsellers to create focused promotions, expand product lines, or for corporate gifting.
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Quebecor Inc. is a Montreal-based communications company, which owns 55 percent of Quebecor Media, a publishing, communications, and broadcasting company that operates a number of subsidiaries. Among them are Osprey Media, Sun Media, TVA, TVA Publishing, and others. The company is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols QBR.B and QBR.A. Among the main competitors of Quebecor Inc are the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BCE Inc., and Rogers Communications Inc.

In 1950, Pierre Péladeau bought Le Journal de Rosemont, his first newspaper, and in 1964, he launched Le Journal de Montréal. Quebecor Inc was incorporated in 1965 and went public in 1972. In 1987, it took stake in Donohue, and its printing business started in 1990, when Quebecor acquired the US printing operations of Maxwell Communication Corp. The company acquired Sun Media in 1999.

Today, Quebecor is among the largest media and communications companies in Canada, offering services such as wireless and cable telephone, digital and analog broadcasting, and internet services. The company is engaged in book, magazine, and newspaper publishing, and the retailing and distribution of a wide selection of cultural products. Quebecor features a number of Videotron services and products, including cable broadcasting and cable telephony, which is free between subscribers. Softphone offers a multiline/ call management service, while the wireless telephony, offered by the company, is an entertainment platform.

TVA Group is a subsidiary of the company and the owner of Le Canal Nouvelles TVA and six stations. The company has interest in the Indigo pay per view service, the Canal Évasion specialty channel, two TVA affiliates, and a variety of digital services, such as Mystère and mentv, and others. TVA Publishing is a subsidiary of TVA Group which publishes celebrity and general interest monthlies and weeklies. TVA Films, another subsidiary of TVA Group is engaged in the distribution of television products and films on the French language and English language markets in Canada. Finally, TVA Productions is the company’s publishing house, with a focus on documentaries, game shows, specials, galas, live broadcasts, corporate videos, and news magazines.
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The Thomson Reuters Corp is a Canadian based media company that has set the standards for responsible and accurate professional business news casting since 1934. It is the industry standard that most business news companies strive to achieve and is by far the most respected media outlet in Canada. In addition to its essential and vast business media network, the Thomson Reuters Corp. has incorporated dozens of subsidiaries under their name to provide the same level of professionalism and profitability to practically every aspect and area of Candian and International business.

Originally founded as the Thomson Corporation in 1934 by Roy Thomson, Thomson Reuters has made a number of highly successful investments in Canadian and international media corporations and has at all times kept its high standards of accuracy and unbiased reporting.

Thomson Reuters Corp. has also integrated other industries into its umbrella including corporate tax and accounting services, investments in Canadian and international healthcare research as well as the well known division of Thomson-West and West Publishing, the founders of the industry recognized legal services company Westlaw.

The Thomson Reuters Corp. has always held a strong sense of responsibility to the various industries it serves and actively strives to strengthen accountability for the various key players in those industries.

Thomson divides its corporate commitment and goals into 4 strategic areas including:

Providing strength and resources to all communities in which they operate.

Maintaining responsibility to the environment in which all people depend.

Making beneficial effects and differences in the industries of its customers, partners and suppliers.

Maintaining the Thomson Reuters culture within its workplace and promoting employee health, safety and prosperity.

By continually expanding and diversifying their products and services the Thomson Reuters Corp. has easily become a benchmark in several industries and continually strives to improve those industries within their areas of influence.
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Yellow Media Inc is a leading marketing solutions and performance media company in Canada, operating a network of companies which includes Canpages and Yellow Pages Group. The company serves consumers and Canadian businesses nationwide and is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under YLO. The main competitors of Yellow Media Inc are Yahoo! Inc., based in Sunnyvale, CA, SuperMedia Inc. operating in Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and craigslist inc., based in San Francisco, California.

Yellow Media Inc was created under the Canada Business Corporations Act in 2010. The company was amalgamated following the reorganization of its predecessor, the Yellow Pages Income Fund. It was reorganized from income trust to corporate entity through a court-approved arrangement. Under this arrangement, the fund’s shareholders became sole owners and received common shares of the company. In 2010, Yellow Media also acquired several companies, among which the search engines solutions company Enquiro Search Solutions Inc., the online advertising firm UpTrend Media Inc., and the national retail advertiser Ad Splash Inc.

At present, the company operates and owns some of the major publications in Canada, including RedFlagDeals.com, Canada411.ca™, YellowPages.ca™, and Yellow Pages™ directories. Through Mediative, the company also offers marketing and advertising solutions to advertisers and national agencies. Yellow Media also owns the YPG company Wall2Wall Media which manages services, publications, and activities, related to hospital news, employment, and real estate. YPG is the official publisher of many telephone company directories and the official publisher of Telus’ directories.

The Yellow Pages Group operates a network of local city websites, such as EdmontonPlus.caMC, QuebecPlus.caMC, and MontrealPlus.caMC. The company is also the exclusive owner of a number of Canadian trademarks such as Walking Fingers Design™, Pages JaunesMC, and Get It Pages™ among others.

Canapages is a company managed by Yellow Media Inc and a Canadian advertising solutions company. It features services and products for print, web, and mobile media. Canpages.ca is a residential and business search engine with thousands of unique visitors daily. In addition, Canpages publishes telephone directories in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Canpages ONE™ is a customized and comprehensive marketing solution intended for Canadian mid-sized and small businesses.
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