Shaw Media invests in four digital projects

The series will stream on and digital platforms related to specialty channels History, HGTV and Food Network in Canada.
June 12, 2014

Canada’s Shaw Media has unveiled details of four digital projects that will stream on platforms related to its TV network brands Global, History, HGTV and Food Network in Canada.

Sponsorship packages are available for all of the shows, the network says, two of which are launching this fall. That includes The Second City Project, led by Bob Martin (Slings and Arrows) — a series of vignettes that will weave together the evolution of a comedy sketch from its inception in the writers’ room to the final produced piece.

The sketches will premiere on and Global Go, and will also be packaged as a series of on-air specials for Global. The project has completed production, led by the Second City Project team.

The other multi-platform series debuting this fall is Dino Hunt Canada, which follows Canadian palaeontologists as they make dinosaur discoveries. The interactive, digital component of the show, produced by Cream Productions, will be developed in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and includes live streaming from the museum’s palaeontology lab.

The Great Canadian Cookbook, produced by Alibi Entertainment, is slated to launch next winter. The content will feature an evolving food almanac, instructional videos, exclusive recipes, and user-generated content. A one-hour special television  presentation will follow on Food Network. The project is currently in production.

A format called The HGTV Home Giveaway will originate online as viewers enter to win a home, and help design the house that is up for grabs. Debuting in spring 2015, there is no production company yet attached to the project, which will culminate in a TV special.

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