ETALK Kicks Off Canada’s Most-Watched Coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, Beginning September 7 on CTV

— September 6, 2017

– Sponsors onboard for ETALK’s coverage of TIFF 2017 include: Weston Bakeries larger than life bread, D’Italiano; and returning sponsor Sephora® –
– Exclusive TIFF® coverage at Etalk.ca, including the biggest red carpets, daily festival buzz, star sightings, and more –
– ETALK continues to reign as Canada’s most-watched entertainment news show for 15 straight seasons –

TORONTO (September 6, 2017) – As the hottest celebrities and the world’s most notable filmmakers get ready to invade Toronto for the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 7-17), ETALK returns to once again offer unparalleled all-access coverage of TIFF beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 on CTV and CTV GO. Now in its 16th season, ETALK offers a VIP and behind-the-scenes experience to all things TIFF to viewers across the nation, capturing all the must-see moments as Canada’s largest and most respected entertainment team reports from across Toronto during the 11-day festival. See below for a roundup of ETALK’s coverage of TIFF. Click here for a look at ETALK’s Season 16 promo. “ETALK is poised to once again host the nation’s most complete and comprehensive TIFF coverage,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “TIFF is like our Olympics and the perfect kick starter to another incredible season ahead. We are thrilled to have a dynamic set of sponsors onboard and look forward to sharing what we have in store for both our viewers and partners.” ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two and CTV GO, and 6:30 p.m. ET on E! (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

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 ETALK AT TIFF 2017: The Canadian Filmmakers’ Party ETALK gives viewers exclusive access to the 12th annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party on Wednesday, Sept. 6, hosted by ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney and actress Amanda Brugel (THE HANDMAID’S TALE). ETALK, in partnership with The Spoke Club and Touchwood PR celebrate all things Canadian film and TV. ETALK AT TIFF on Fibe TV1 For the third year in a row, Fibe TV1 takes viewers backstage as ETALK hosts and producers offer a glimpse of all the action, and what it takes to cover one of the world’s biggest film festivals. ETALK will produce 10 mini-documentaries that will each profile a celebrated film or experience from TIFF’s 42-year history, which will be available only on Fibe TV, Channel 1. ETALK Sephora® Lounge The ETALK team will continue to host A-list celebrities from the ETALK Sephora® Lounge at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel, where stars can receive makeup touch-ups from Sephora’s Pro Artists, and enjoy the latest products compliments of Sephora. ETALK and Sephora have also teamed up for a series of broadcast and social media beauty videos,  featuring red carpet looks from the festival with expert tips to recreate them at home. Celebrities interviewed in the ETALK Sephora Lounge are treated to an A-list experience complete with furnishings by ELTE. Stars also get to help themselves to Greenhouse Juice Co., Flow Water, baked goods from Sorelle and Co., Sugarfina candy, Bounce energy balls, and gifts from Province of Canada, Guess, David’s Tea, Soul Cycle, Hound, Indigo, NBA/New Era, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Georgian Bay Spirit Company, and Rowenta steamers. Living Large With D’Italiano New this year, ETALK and D’Italiano, with the help of Chef Rodney Bowers, have teamed up and created four, film-inspired mouth-watering sandwiches using D’Italiano bread. On Friday, Sept. 8, Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, festival-goers can live large and try sandwiches for free by stopping by the ETALK/D’Italiano sandwich truck parked at celebrity hotspot The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto. Viewers are encouraged to follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) for more information. The four sandwiches will be introduced during an integrated segment on ETALK, airing Thursday, Sept 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. ETALK BMW Street Fleet Partnering for a second year in a row, ETALK hosts and crew will travel from red carpet premieres to parties in BMW vehicles, courtesy of BMW Canada. TIFF on Etalk.ca Home to exclusive TIFF coverage, Etalk.ca delivers all the A-list action right to the fans, from the hottest red carpets to one–on-one sit downs, star sightings, breaking festival news, fashion highlights, and more. Capturing all the TIFF buzz, Etalk.ca is the ultimate online destination during the Festival.  ETALK on Social Media On Sunday, Sept. 10, ETALK treats viewers to a special Facebook Live, rounding up the biggest interviews and celeb news of TIFF’s opening weekend. Fans are encouraged to engage with ETALK’s Devon Soltendieck and Lainey on the show's Facebook page.  ETALK’s Instagram followers will experience red carpets up close and in the moment through daily Instagram Live videos. ETALK will also highlight the most buzzworthy celebrity moments in daily “overheard at TIFF” Instagram stories. Party hoppers can also watch out for ETALK’s custom Snapchat filters at bashes and Stargazers can follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) and Instagram (@etalkCTV), using the hashtag #etalkTIFF for up to the minute sightings and news, as well as on Facebook (facebook.com/etalkCTV) and Snapchat (etalk_CTV). ETALK is averaging 540,000 viewers this past year, 30% ahead of ET CANADA (416,000), and 21% ahead of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (445,000). ETALK’s most-watched episode this past year brought in an audience of 911,000 viewers on January 9, post-Golden Globe. The program’s average weekly reach on CTV, CTV Two, and E! is 6.4 million viewers combined. Viewers can also catch up on ETALK highlights, following the program’s television broadcast, on Etalk.ca and the CTV GO app.

Source: Source: Numeris, Total Canada, 2016-17 BYTD (Aug 29, 2016 to Aug 20, 2017), final data

About ETALK
Hosted by Anchors Ben Mulroney and Danielle Graham, Senior Correspondents Lainey Lui and Traci Melchor, Senior Reporter Devon Soltendieck, Reporters Liz Trinnear and 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 iHeartRadio MMVAs, 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. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. More information about ETALK can be found at etalk.ca, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.

About CTV
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.

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