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Bell Media Commits to All New Original Scripted Series in 4K

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    Bell Media today announced that it is committing to commissioning all new original scripted series in 4K.

    With the announcement, CTV becomes the first broadcaster in North America to commit to the new standard, including new series Cardinal and, announced today, The Disappearance.

    The two CTV series, along with The Comedy Network’s new satirical comedy series The Beaverton, also announced today, join the action-packed historical drama Frontier (Discovery) and the second season of runaway hit Letterkenny (CraveTV/The Comedy Network) as Bell Media 4K scripted series.

    “Our strategy allows Bell Media to not only assert a leadership position in 4K production, but also allows us to build an enviable 4K on-demand library for our distribution partners and CraveTV,” said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.


    4K Production and Bell Media

    Original Production

    • Bell Media announced today that all new original scripted series would be produced in 4K, including just-announced THE DISAPPEARANCE and THE BEAVERTON; as well as CTV’s first original serialized drama CARDINAL; the first original scripted series in Discovery history, FRONTIER; Season 2 of CraveTV’s LETTERKENNY; and more to be announced soon.


    • TSN confirms its leadership in sports production with its five national feeds featuring a full slate of marquee 4K broadcasts featuring the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, THE MASTERS, and more.


    • Bell Media’s Discovery GO App is a trailblazer in 4K production, currently featuring a wide range of 4K programming, including CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, HIGH TECH REDNECKS, SHARK, and one of the first original Canadian productions commissioned in 4K and exclusive to the Discovery GO App, HOW HARD CAN IT BE.
    • Additional 4K titles to be added to Discovery GO later this year include new seasons of RIVER MONSTERS, JADE FEVER, HOW IT’S MADE: DREAM CARS, and FRONTIER.