TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2012) - Yahoo! today announced a new slate of premium video content and original series for Canadians, featuring Ken Marino, Tom Hanks, Morgan Spurlock and other top Hollywood talent. The company also launched Yahoo! Canada Screen, an online destination for award-winning original programming and a wide selection of aggregated video content from across the Internet.
Yahoo!'s new slate of video content includes critics' favourite, Burning Love (Paramount Pictures/Red Hour//Abominable Pictures), which features an impressive lineup of celebrity talent and spoofs popular reality television dating shows. Playtone and Reliance Entertainment's animated series Electric City, created by and starring Tom Hanks, is a new 90- minute action-packed sci-fi adventure series. Documentary film producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) has two original series appearing on Yahoo! Canada Screen - Failure Club, which follows seven people as they confront and attempt to conquer their fear of failure; and Mansome, which provides men with the ultimate guide to grooming, survival, cooking and sports.
"I'm thrilled to bring Failure Club and Mansome to the millions of Canadians who turn to Yahoo! for great information and entertainment on the web," said filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. "Yahoo! provides filmmakers and producers the opportunity to bring unique series and documentaries to a far-reaching audience across the globe."
With Yahoo! Canada Screen, Canadians have access to hundreds of thousands of videos and Web shows in a single personalized experience, with a breadth of video categories including News, Sports, Finance, TV, Movies, Lifestyle and Comedy. The site features more than 25 original shows and videos sourced from over 30 partners and news organizations. Each category includes individual show pages and topic pages, all editorially programmed to the most popular and interesting videos.
More Canadians than ever watch videos online, and they expect premium video content to be integrated with the information they read. In a recent study conducted by Yahoo!, Canadians surveyed said they are twice as likely to watch videos online than on TV in the mornings and afternoons. Two out of three Canadians surveyed believe that including video with text creates a better user experience.
"Yahoo! is always looking to provide Canadians with access to the information and digital experiences that matter to them most - whether that is breaking news, the most comprehensive sports and finance coverage, or great digital entertainment," said Dan Unger, Head of Media Network, Yahoo! Canada. "Increasingly, Canadians are watching their favourite entertainers and original programming online. Yahoo! provides the rich, engaging experience and content that viewers want, no matter where they are or what device they're using."
Yahoo! Canada Screen features acclaimed web series in addition to Yahoo!'s award-winning original shows including:
Comedy series Burning Love spoofs popular reality dating shows and features an impressive lineup of comedic actors from film and television including Ken Marino, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Michael Ian Black, Ken Jeong, Adam Scott, Abigail Spencer, Natasha Leggero, Ryan Hansen, June Diane Raphael, Noureen DeWulf, Kerri Kenney Silver, Janet Varney, Beth Dover and more. The show follows fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) as he searches for the perfect woman.
CHOW CIAO! is a cooking program where celebrity chef host Fabio Viviani (Top Chef Season 5, restaurateur, cookbook author) brings ease and entertainment to Italian cuisine. Fabio presents back-to-basics tips and recipes to create delicious Italian meals in 15 minutes. From the Emmy Award-winning producer of Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis, this weekly show gives viewers a chance to recreate professional Italian recipes in their own kitchens.
The world as we know it has ended and out of the rubble, the Electric City stands as a symbol of peace and security. Yet under the veneer of order lies a world full of secrets and violence. Secret police, back-alley dealings, daring chases, and murder all find a home in the "Electric City." Through the lens of a functioning, yet dystopian metropolis, Electric City touches upon relevant global issues and themes including energy consumption, freedom of information, crime and punishment and more.
omg! NOW is one of the most watched video programs online, covering the latest entertainment news and happenings in the Celebrisphere. Hosted by Kristen Aldridge, this daily program on omg! from Yahoo! (http://omg.yahoo.com) captures the biggest news in entertainment the minute it happens. From the newest movies to the coolest styles, to the latest break-ups, this fast-paced program gives viewers everything they need to know about Hollywood in less than two minutes flat.
Primetime in No Time:
Primetime in No Time (PiNT) on Yahoo! TV is the most successful original video series online, providing a daily recap of last night's can't-miss primetime TV shows and events. Since its debut in March 2008, PiNT has surpassed 500 million streams. Hosted by comedian Theo Von, PiNT has its pulse on the biggest TV pop culture moments - as reflected by the 12 million streams reached by its top performing episode.
Coming this fall, Anthony Zuiker's Cybergeddon will be available on Yahoo! Canada Screen. Starring Olivier Martinez and Missy Peregrym, the series was filmed in Southern Ontario and addresses the vulnerabilities of the connected world in which we live. It was created in partnership with Norton by Symantec and brings to light the threat of cybercrime and identity theft.
Yahoo! is focused on creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. Yahoo!'s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal (yodel.yahoo.com).
Yahoo! Canada serves Canadians in both English and in French through its sites, www.yahoo.ca and http://qc.yahoo.com/. In Canada, Yahoo! sites were visited by more than 13 million unique Canadians in June, 2012 (comScore Media Metrix). Yahoo! Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
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