New Lifestyle Channel Set to Launch December 12, 2016
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corus Entertainment, the leader in specialty entertainment with six of
the top 10 specialty channels in Canada, announced today that it is
introducing Cooking Channel, a 24-hour network that caters to
avid food lovers, in Canada on December 12, 2016. From the
creators of Food Network, Cooking Channel is the answer to a growing
appetite for more content devoted to food and cooking in every
dimension; from global cuisines to international travel, to food history
and unconventional how-tos. A perfect pairing to Food Network Canada,
Cooking Channel expands Corus’ dominance in the food and lifestyle genre
and joins the company’s roster of lifestyle channels including: Food
Network Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network, Slice, DIY Network and OWN:
Oprah Winfrey Network Canada.
“As leaders in specialty content, we are continuously evaluating our
portfolio to ensure we are delivering audiences the best in
entertainment,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer of Corus Entertainment. “As the interest in food
content continues to grow, we see an opportunity to add the tremendously
successful Cooking Channel brand to our portfolio. With Cooking
Channel’s focus on serving those passionate about food and cooking, Food
Network Canada will continue to bring Canadians dynamic, new
entertainment-driven food related programming.”
The launch of Cooking Channel in Canada is an extension of Corus’
long-term partnership with Scripps Networks Interactive, leading
developer of engaging lifestyle content whose media portfolio includes:
Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network. Since Scripps Networks’ launch of
Cooking Channel in the United States in 2010, ratings and impressions
have grown exponentially for core demographics (A25-54 / W25-54),
averaging gains of more than 50% to date while growing its distribution
to US households by 20%. The network most recently wrapped Q3 2016
notching its highest-rated, most-watched quarter to date marking 15
consecutive quarters of quarter-to-quarter growth.
“Cooking Channel is a complementary network to Food Network and a
leading lifestyle brand in the United States,” said Jim Samples,
President, International, Scripps Networks Interactive. “As it has in
the U.S., Cooking Channel will satiate audiences’ growing hunger for
more food lifestyle programming in Canada and fuel their passion and
curiosity for cooking and entertainment.”
Cooking Channel in Canada is a rebrand of W Movies.
A few of the highly-anticipated series confirmed for launch include:
Man Fire Food
Man Fire Food stars Canadian
chef Roger Mooking and features the inventive ways to cook with fire.
From small campfires to creative custom-made grills and smokers, they
visit home cooks, pitmasters and chefs who are fascinated by fire and
food. The smoke signals take Roger Mooking across the country, including
the American South for different styles of regional barbecue, the
Pacific Northwest for a tribal salmon bake and New England for a unique
seafood feast. Man Fire Food celebrates the passion for building
and cooking with fire.
Dinner at Tiffani’s
Tiffani Thiessen invites her
celebrity friends over for good company, great stories and delicious
food. With guests like Jason Priestley, Seth Green, her White Collar
co-stars and more, it’s a wonderful blend of dinner, drinks and fun.
Come for the party, stay for the food.
Unwrapped 2.0 is a fun and
fascinating look at the amazing processes, great stories and interesting
people behind the creation of some of the most popular snacks. Hosted by
Alfonso Ribeiro, Unwrapped 2.0 features everything from classic
childhood treats to the latest candy crazes. Whether you like your
snacks sweet or savory, crispy or gooey, Unwrapped 2.0 offers
behind-the-scenes access to get you a front row seat to see them made.
The perfect party needs the perfect
cake, and that’s where Cake Hunters comes in! From weddings to
family reunions and more, party hosts meet with three cake designers who
present their jaw-dropping concepts to make the perfect complement to
their big bashes. And once the winning design is picked, will the cake
make it to the big day on time and in one piece?
Unique Sweets is an insider’s
peek into innovative eateries that are creating the most unique and
exciting desserts today. These sweet spots cover the gamut: restaurants
with revolutionary pastry chefs; candy shops inventing eye-popping
confections; chocolate boutiques with wild artisanal flavors and
bakeries producing one-of-a-kind pastries, cakes and cookies in the
middle of the night. Wherever there are gooey, crunchy, sticky and sweet
treats that you won’t find anywhere else, Unique Sweets will take
*Source: Numeris data, Total Canada, AMA(000) A25-54 unless otherwise
noted (Aug 31/2015-Aug 28/2016), excluding sports stations.
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About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc.
(TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and
delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences
around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings
encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15
conventional television stations, a global content business, digital
assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software,
technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes
Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV
Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic
Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and
Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
About Cooking Channel
Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com)
is an entertainment brand dedicated to today’s passionate food lover.
For food people, by food people, Cooking Channel is the answer to a
growing hunger for more content devoted to food and cooking in every
dimension from global cuisines to international travel, history and
unconventional how-tos. Cooking Channel is part of the media portfolio
of Scripps Networks Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI), which also includes Food
DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com),
Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com),
and Great American Country (www.gactv.com).
Cathy Kurzbock, 416-860-4219