ETALK

Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two

Synopsis

Hosted by Anchor Ben Mulroney, with Co-Anchor Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporters Liz Trinnear, Chloe Wilde, and L.A. Correspondent Jesse Giddings, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and JUNO Awards, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production and Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Head, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. More information about ETALK can be found at etalk.ca, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.

Cast Info

Ben Mulroney - Biography
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Ben Mulroney - Biography

Anchor, ETALK

Ben Mulroney considers himself a pretty lucky guy. “I love movies, television and music, so as the host of a daily entertainment show, I can say this is my dream job.”

As ETALK anchor, Mulroney delivers entertainment news from the studio in Toronto, but also travels the world to interview the biggest stars and reports from the hottest red carpet events, including the OSCARS®, GOLDEN GLOBES® and the JUNO Awards. A veteran of entertainment reporting, Montreal-born Mulroney is an expert in his industry and is regarded by many Hollywood stars (north and south of the border) as a friendly face, a respected journalist and a pro at his job.

Mulroney got his start as the Quebec City Correspondent for talktv’s The Chatroom in 2000, where he beamed in weekly via web cam to rant and rave about television. He became a co-host on the interactive show in July 2001. He then moved to a new role of entertainment reporter for CTV’s CANADA AM in October 2001. For six seasons, Mulroney was also the host of CANADIAN IDOL which was, and remains, the most successful English language show in Canadian television history.

Mulroney was named one of Canada’s Best Dressed by HELLO! Canada magazine in 2009. He added radio airwaves to his repertoire as host of ETALK 20, a weekly two-hour radio show that airs on 11 Bell Media radio stations across Canada. Mulroney, along with ETALK co-anchor Tanya Kim, has hosted Free The Children’s We Day youth empowerment events in Toronto and Vancouver. In February 2010, Mulroney reported on entertainment news from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV.

Mulroney found his calling in show business, not politics, despite being the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and having a law degree from Laval University and a history degree from Duke University. He insists there is a method behind his madness. “My dad has a number of careers. Like him, I don’t plan to stick to one gig my entire life. I can have a flexible career because of my diverse background, but a career in politics is not part of my grand plan.”

Mulroney recently became a national spokesperson for WaterCan, a charity focused on bringing drinking water to those most in need. In his new capacity, he will be raising funds and awareness by climbing the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro in October, 2012.

Mulroney became engaged to his girlfriend, fashion designer and stylist Jessica Brownstein, on December 28, 2007. They were married on October 30, 2008 in a private ceremony at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal. On August 12, 2010 Ben and his wife welcomed two twin boys, Brian Gerald Alexander and John Benedict Dimitri, to the family.

Danielle Graham - Biography
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Danielle Graham - Biography

Anchor, ETALK

As anchor for CTV’s ETALK – Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show, Danielle Graham’s role and charming personality has put her face-to-face with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, covering high-profile events both here at home and around the world. In recent years, Graham has interviewed the likes of Ben Affleck, James Franco, Orlando Bloom, Jude Law, Kim Catrall, Colin Farrell, Michael Cain, Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Ferguson, Jennifer Aniston, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Katie Holmes, Beyoncé Knowles, and most recently Taylor Swift.

 

Graham has made her mark on red carpets around the world including The Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), Sundance Film Festival, The Independent Spirit Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, and even Elton John’s annual post-Oscar® Bash. She has also covered Emmy® nomination day and reported live from THE 65th PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS and various post-Emmy bashes.

 

Graham was also the first ETALK reporter to go on the road with the CTV smash-hit THE AMAZING RACE CANADA during its inaugural season, and co-hosted THE AMAZING RACE CANADA after-show, INSIDE THE RACE.

 

A jetsetter in her own right, Graham has travelled to Rome to cover the Angels and Demons film premiere; Hawaii to interview the cast of Forgetting Sarah Marshall; London, England to interview the cast of the popular Harry Potter series, and even journeyed to Bora Bora to interview the cast of Couples Retreat including Vince Vaughn who was coincidentally on the same flight as her.

 

When in town, Graham also appears weekly on CANADA AM, CP24 BREAKFAST, and CTV News Channel to chat about entertainment news stories of the day.

 

Graham got her start in broadcasting in 2001 as an intern in the Citytv Toronto newsroom, before being hired on as a floor director for the weekend news. Graham hosted YTV’s weekly music countdown show THE HIT LIST for four years before joining the Star! family in 2005, acting as an entertainment reporter for STAR! DAILY. Graham covered red carpet events for the next two years on the daily entertainment show and also appeared on A-CHANNEL NEWS AT SIX and A-CHANNEL NEWS AT 11 giving viewers their daily dose of entertainment.

 

A highlight of her career was in 2005, when Graham interviewed and even danced with the infamous talk show host Ellen Degeneres on her daytime show (ELLEN) and in front of a live studio audience. The segment was taped for STAR! DAILY and aired the same year. Graham also briefly hosted HYPASPACE on SPACE Channel the same year.

 

She officially joined the ETALK team in 2007 as a reporter, was promoted to Senior Reporter in 2013, before being promoted to Co-Anchor in January 2015.

 

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Danielle Graham graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting. When not tracking down the latest entertainment stories or hitting the hottest red carpet premieres and galas, Graham loves to kick back at home, cook, read, and entertain friends.

 

Lainey - Biography
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Lainey - Biography

Senior Correspondent, ETALK

Lainey isn’t looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. ETALK Senior Correspondent, Co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, Lainey does what she does for one reason – to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public.

 

The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got into the gossip game in a very roundabout way. What started as an email to two friends grew to a website with millions of readers from around the world. As friends told friends about Lainey’s non-sycophantic email updates, she received so many requests to get on her mailing list that her server crashed.

 

More than one million readers and Twitter followers read LaineyGossip.com every month, making it a leading international celebrity gossip source. Recognizing Lainey’s talent, she joined the ETALK team in 2006.

 

In February 2010, Lainey reported on entertainment and gossip news for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Leaving little time for sleep, she also penned national columns for The Globe and Mail and Metro newspapers, and appeared daily on Canada’s official Olympic morning show during the Games. Lainey also travelled to London, England to cover the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

 

Lainey regularly shares her gossip updates with CTV NEWS VANCOUVER and CTV News Channel, and is called upon as a celebrity expert by media outlets across North America, including CNN.com and the Los Angeles Times. Lainey is also known for her coverage of the phenom book and movie saga Twilight, and has a cameo in D: NYC – Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Lainey’s first book, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of), debuted at #1 on the Globe & Mail bestseller list upon publication.

 

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario majoring in French and History, Lainey lives in Toronto with her husband and beagles. She is a consultant for Covenant House, which offers shelter and services for homeless youth.

Traci Melchor - Biography
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Traci Melchor - Biography

Senior Correspondent, ETALK

Beloved for her outgoing and lively personality, Traci Melchor has been an icon on the Toronto entertainment scene for more than a decade. Vibrant and witty, this Pickering, Ontario native always puts a fresh spin on today’s hottest entertainment headlines, and she continues to speak her mind as co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL and Senior Correspondent for Canada’s #1 entertainment show ETALK.

 

Melchor has years of experience interviewing hundreds of stars, including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Jamie Foxx, Dolly Parton, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Janet Jackson. When she interviewed Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Oprah told Melchor her question made her “salivate.” She recently travelled to her native St. Lucia to interview The Jacksons – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon – and she also travelled to seven countries in seven nights on a chartered jet as part of Rihanna’s “777” tour in support of the singer’s seventh album, Unapologetic. Melchor also covered Michael Jackson’s public memorial service live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, following the singer’s death in 2009, and Joan Rivers’ funeral in New York City in 2014.

 

Before joining CTV’s ETALK as an entertainment reporter in 2008, Melchor contributed to ETALK’s “T’N’T Report” with Tanya Kim, covering the OSCARS®, Super Bowl, and co-hosting one of the biggest events of 2007 – CTV’s coverage of LIVE EARTH from London’s Wembley Stadium. Delivering daily entertainment news hits on CP24, Melchor was named one of the National Post’s “Worthy 30” for her contribution to the television industry. Melchor also contributes regularly to CP24 BREAKFAST, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV News Channel, and 104.5 CHUM FM Toronto.

 

Melchor kicked off her career as host of the legendary RAPCITY on MuchMusic, followed by a move to Citytv Toronto as the station’s entertainment specialist. From 2000-2005, Melchor thrived in L.A.’s celebrity scene, guest-starring on hit series CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION and LIZZIE MCGUIRE, and reporting from countless red carpets as the Hollywood correspondent for Star!. Melchor also hosted weekly F.Y.E. – FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, celebrity profiler EXTREME CLOSE UP, and STYLE VIP. Melchor returned to Canada from Hollywood in 2005 to host MuchMoreMusic, a move that kept her in the celebrity spotlight and plugged into multi-platinum superstars like INXS, Sheryl Crow, and Shakira. Melchor also spoke one-on-one with multi-award-winning music icon Madonna in New York for the specialty station’s primetime TV special, MADONNA: CONFESSIONS. A seasoned writer, Melchor has contributed entertainment stories to magazines such as Elle, Essence, and The Source.

 

Off camera, the graduate of Seneca College’s Radio and Television Program spends most of her time with her twins Phoenix and Phoebe. Melchor loves balancing being a mom and covering the business. From the hair salon, to fashion shows, to reading the latest children’s book, and driving the twins to hockey, fencing, and cheerleading, Melchor’s days are hectic but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

A true renaissance woman, Melchor supports various charitable organizations and events including Power of Movement (Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser) benefitting arthritis and related autoimmune diseases, Hospital for Sick Children, Wear White 4 Women, and Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario. During L’Oréal Fashion Week in 2009, Melchor walked in the closing night show, Dare To Wear Love, in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation.  Melchor also walked the runway at The Heart Truth Fashion Show on March 21, 2013 at Toronto Fashion Week in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She returned as a model for the most recent Dare To Wear Love show on March 28, 2014, wearing a dress designed by Damzels In This Dress.

Devon Soltendieck - Biography
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Devon Soltendieck - Biography

Senior Reporter, ETALK

Since joining Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show, ETALK, in 2013, Devon Soltendieck has interviewed some of the entertainment industry’s most sought-after celebrities including Robert de Niro, Michael Douglas, Jon Hamm, Sandra Bullock, Michael Fassbender, and Julianne Moore. With a decade of national TV and radio experience, Soltendieck has been part of several award-winning Canadian productions since beginning his television career at the age of 18.

 

Beginning his career in 2004 at Much, Soltendieck spent several years as the host of MUCH NEWS, LIVE@MUCH, the annual MMVAs, and a highly rated weekly national radio countdown show. In 2010, he moved from entertainment to the world of broadcast news, becoming an anchor and reporter for CP24, Toronto’s only 24-hour news network. In 2013, Soltendieck lent his entertainment expertise as the host of E!’s POP QUIZ, a fast-paced, pop culture testing game show.

Liz Trinnear - Biography
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Liz Trinnear - Biography

Reporter, ETALK

After a short stint as a special correspondent for CTV’s ETALK, Liz Trinnear officially joins Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show as an ETALK Reporter. A fashion aficionado and captivating chatterbox with a love for all-things pop culture and entertainment, Trinnear brings her signature style and grounded personality to ETALK.

 

A natural fit for the ETALK team, Trinnear has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Quentin Tarantino, Chloe Grace Moretz, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean; and most recently, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger while on assignment for ETALK.

 

Having first developed her on-air personality on Corus Radio, Trinnear began her television career at MUCH – after winning the 2009 MuchMusic VJ Search – quickly becoming a rising star in Canada’s entertainment scene. Trinnear also co-hosted the 2012, 2013, and 2014 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (MMVAs) RED CARPET SPECIAL and hosted MUCH COUNTDOWN and TODAY’S TOP 10. She has also covered major events and award shows, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and JUNO Awards for CTV, Toronto Fashion Week, Toronto International Film Festival®, and MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (VMAs).

 

Born and raised in London, Ont., Trinnear graduated with a BA from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Chloe Wilde - Biography
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Chloe Wilde - Biography

Reporter, ETALK

Adored for her genuine enthusiasm and positivity, Montréal native Chloe Wilde emerged in 2013 as the winner of the Much VJ Search and has since brought her fresh perspective and outgoing personality to her role as host of E! in Canada. Most recently, Chloe added Reporter for Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show, ETALK, to her ever-growing resume.

 

Setting the tone for Toronto’s largest street party, Chloe co-hosted THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, where she welcomed global superstars such as Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, and Gigi Hadid. She has also interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zac Efron, David Foster, and Tori Kelly.

 

Growing up, Chloe dreamed of following in her grandparents’ footsteps as entertainment insiders – her grandmother was a pioneer in the Montreal Burlesque scene and her grandfather worked behind-the-scenes for a news station. After completing a degree in psychology from McGill University, Chloe’s strong interest for science lead her to pursue a degree in nursing. While in school, Chloe hosted THE DAILY BRIEF, a current events web series for AskMen.com, which reignited her desire to work in the entertainment industry. With a passion for music festivals and concerts like, Osheaga, Cavendish, and Bonnaroo, as well as, musical influences including Kygo, Halsey, Chet Faker, X Ambassadors, and Flume, Chloe ultimately decided to put her nursing career on hold, relocate to Toronto, and start a new chapter in her life in front of the camera.

 

Chloe immerses herself in all-things pop culture and is hoping to one day snag a dream interview with the likes of Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Angelina Jolie, and the cast of Friends, if ever they reunite.

Jesse Giddings - Biography
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Jesse Giddings - Biography

L.A. Correspondent, ETALK

Jesse Giddings joins CTV’s ETALK as the team’s L.A. Correspondent.

 

A Langley, British Columbia native, Giddings began his television career in 2009, as co-host of Much Music’s flagship program NEW. MUSIC. LIVE (formerly MUCHONDEMAND). His multi-faceted talent and indisputable charm onscreen caught the eye of American entertainment program E! NEWS, who hired Giddings as a full-time correspondent in 2013. As an E! NEWS correspondent, Giddings reported from the industry’s biggest red carpets, including The Oscars®, Sundance Film Festival, San Diego Comic Con, Toronto International Film Festival®, and interviewed notable celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Eddie Redmayne, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Keira Knightley, and Benedict Cumberbatch to name a few. While part of the E! NEWS team, the program received three Emmy Award® nominations for Outstanding Entertainment News Program and for Breaking News Coverage.

 

Previously during his time as co-host of Much Music’s flagship program NEW. MUSIC. LIVE (formerly MUCHONDEMAND) he interviewed some of biggest names in music and entertainment including will.i.am, Drake, Justin Bieber, Liam Hemsworth, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Katy Perry. Giddings also co-hosted two MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (MMVAs) alongside international singer and actress Selena Gomez in 2010 and Grammy® nominated band LMFAO in 2012 and also covered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV.

 

In his personal time, Giddings travels the world as a photojournalist documenting remote travel destinations and charitable missions responding to international crises. Recently, Giddings has been on assignment for International Medical Corps, documenting the Syrian refugee crisis throughout Europe. He also taught micro-financing and helped with water development projects in rural Rajasthan India, traveled on the King of Bhutan’s motorcycle throughout the Himalayan Mountains on a search for remote temples, and traveled extensively throughout the south of Europe on a motorcycle in search of small villages and great food.

 

Learning to give back at an early age, Giddings is a big supporter of Free The Children and as an ambassador, he has co-hosted more than 15 WE Day events across North America. Giddings’ dedication recently took him to Kenya to assist in the hands-on building of a school for local children.

 

Giddings currently resides in L.A.

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