Bell Media Congratulates Playback Magazine's 2012 Person of the Year, Kevin
Crull, and 2012 Independent Production Executive of the Year, Corrie Coe
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TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Media today congratulated its President,
Kevin Crull, on being named Playback magazine's 2012 Person of the Year in its
"Best of the Year" issue. Honours also went to Bell Media's Senior
Vice-President, Independent Production, Corrie Coe, who was awarded Playback's
2012 Independent Production Executive of the Year.
"The past few years have been turning point in the Canadian broadcasting
sector, with innovations in consumer technology forcing the domestic industry,
large and small companies alike, to compete ever more fiercely," said Matt
Sylvain, Editor, Playback. "In 2012 Crull showed laudable leadership in
plotting a promising course for Bell Media, openly discussing it, and
successfully sticking to it."
Playback named Crull 2012 Person of the Year for his significant role in
maintaining Bell Media's position as Canada's top media group and #1 national
broadcaster. The influential Canadian quarterly commended Crull for Bell
Media's demonstrated commitment to Canadian production.
"[The] company greenlit 11 new productions (including pilots) this year alone,
including new series MOTIVE, ORPHAN BLACK and SATISFACTION, in addition to
okaying seasons of returning series, ramping up its original Canadian content
offerings as it bids farewell to FLASHPOINT, arguably one of the most
successful Canadian scripted shows six years in the running," noted the
While highlighting the many challenges of helming Canada's premier multimedia
company, including the encroachment of foreign over-the-top services, Playback
celebrated Crull's deep-seated commitment to producing successful content for
linear television viewing that is complementary to a burgeoning TV Everywhere
"Crull sticks to the goal of producing great content for linear TV viewing
first, arguing that linear viewing is resilient, even as he sees a need for
the TV everywhere strategy due to media fragmentation," it said.
Crull's leadership in the digital space was also credited as Bell Media
continues to execute on a digital strategy involving unique social media
integrations, the creation of unique online mini-series spun off of successful
linear properties, and the greenlighting of the company's first completely
non-linear program, BACKPACKERS.
Playback also named Coe the 2012 Independent Production Executive of the Year,
highlighting her significant contributions to the Canadian production
community and exceptional ability to bring concepts to life across Bell
Media's array of conventional, specialty, and online assets.
"Coe and her team have demonstrated a deft touch when it comes to figuring out
what indie pitches can be turned into shows Bell Media's audiences will watch
and their advertisers will support," said Sylvain.
The article highlighted Bell Media's renewed commitment to independent
production under Coe's leadership, including moving beyond sketch and stand-up
on The Comedy Network to get fresh talent on the channel, such as the
multi-cam pilot for SPUN OUT. Playback also noted the addition of new dramas
on SPACE like BITTEN and ORPHAN BLACK, and went on to predict 2013 to be an
even stronger year for Coe and her team.
"As Coe moves from pitch to pitch, her antennae is tuned to what is needed or
not needed at a broadcaster that, like a Swiss Army Knife, has different
programming combinations to serve a host of channel brands," said the article.
"Also spurring development is a need for Canadian shows that stand-up
alongside U.S. series and other foreign fare."
Playback is Canada's production, broadcasting, and interactive media journal,
covering news, trends and innovation through a daily online newsletter,
website, and quarterly print publication. Visit Playback on the Web at
About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed
original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent
producers in the country. CTV series include the trailblazing, multi
award-winning hit series FLASHPOINT and ratings success stories SAVING HOPE
and THE LISTENER. One of three new scripted series ordered in 2012, CTV's
newest drama, MOTIVE, is currently in production, while the heart-warming,
television holiday feature THE HORSES OF MCBRIDE is set to premiere in
December. As well, Bell Media has also ordered pilots for two, half-hour
comedy series, SATISFACTION and SPUN OUT. In total, Bell Media has ordered 23
new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 31 scripted projects into
Bell Media's Canadian specialty series include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit
DEGRASSI, the critically acclaimed drama series THE L.A. COMPLEX, new game
show comedy MATCH GAME, new documentary series ENGRAVED ON A NATION, pop
culture series CELEBRITY STYLE STORY, and mythological/action series PRIMEVAL:
NEW WORLD. Specialty series currently in production are ORPHAN BLACK and PANIC
BUTTON, joining an order for BITTEN, all for 2013.
About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in
television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to
excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media
owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network,
and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1
specialty channel, and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel.
Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the
TheLoop.ca by Sympatico, and Dome Productions Inc.Bell Media is owned by BCE
Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on
Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
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