Channel Zero (company)

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Channel Zero Inc.
Type Private company
Industry Media
Founded 2000
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Key people Cal Millar, President & COO
Romen Podzyhun, Chairman & CEO
Products Broadcasting, Television Production
Website www.tvchannelzero.com

Channel Zero is an independent Canadian broadcasting and media group, which holds assets in television broadcasting and film distribution.

The company is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Ownership structure[edit]

Although there is a company named "Channel Zero", most of the group's assets are held through a set of related companies with the same owners:[1]

  • Harold Balde – 25%
  • Anthony D'Andrea – 25%
  • C.J. ("Cal") Millar – 25%
  • Romen Podzyhun – 25%

A similar situation exists for the group's over-the-air stations, although the ownership differs slightly:[2]

  • Christopher J. Fuoco and Kimberly S. Train – jointly own 30%
  • Romen Podzyhun – 23.4%
  • Anthony D’Andrea – 23.3%
  • Cal Millar – 23.3%

Assets[edit]

Specialty channels[edit]

Channel Zero owns Five specialty television channels:

The 3 Adult channels are a joint venture between Channel Zero, Adults Only Video & Sureflix Digital Distribution.

Over the air stations[edit]

Channel Zero owns an over the air station which it acquired from Canwest[3] and took control of on August 31, 2009. The station is independent and was previously an owned and operated station of the E! system:

  • CHCH Hamilton - Airs all local news during the day and movies and some U.S. programming at night

As part of the same transaction, Channel Zero also acquired CJNT Montreal, which it later sold to Rogers Media in 2012.[4]

Digital[edit]

  • Movieola is an online film service that broadcasts short films from various genres including action, comedy, drama, and animation.

In June 2013, Channel Zero announced that it had acquired a majority interest in ANDPOP Inc., the owners of ANDPOP.com, a pop culture entertainment website, and ChartAttack.com, a website devoted to independent and alternative music.[5]

Distribution[edit]

Ouat Media [pronounced “what”] is an Academy Award® winning film sales and distribution company, providing high-profile and award-winning short form – and now feature film and television – content from the world’s top emerging filmmakers for all international platforms.

It distributes such short films as Curfew, (International Audience Award, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival 2012); 75 Watts, (nominated for Best Short Documentary, Genie Awards 2012); Two and Two, (Nominated for Best Short Film, British Academy Film Awards 2012); God of Love, (Best Live Action Short Film, 2011 Academy Awards®); The Lost Thing, (Best Animated Short Film, 2011 Academy Awards®).

Some recent documentary feature acquisitions include: Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War, The Blockade (Blokada), & Paramédico.

Ouat Media is run by:

  • Frederic Joubaud - General Manager
  • Brad Horvath - Head of Acquisitions and North American Sales
  • Kristine Estorninos - Head of Operations and Film Festival Strategy

Ouat Media is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was created in 2006.

Previously owned assets[edit]

CJNT / Metro 14

On June 30, 2009, Channel Zero acquired CJNT-DT, its only Montreal-based operation from Canwest after the latter filed bankruptcy for CJNT.[6][7] The CRTC approved the sale on August 28, 2009[8][9] The station adopted a new schedule featuring a mix of music videos and already existing local ethnic programming during the day, and foreign movies at night, and reverted to branding itself as simply CJNT. On June 14, 2010, Channel Zero announced it would be rebranding CJNT as Metro 14 in the fall, to appeal to a wider urban audience; the "14" represents its cable slot on Vidéotron in the Greater Montreal area.[10][11] On February 2, 2011 at 6:00 a.m. EST, the station officially rebranded as Metro 14, behind the original announced date of fall 2010.[12] In 2012, Rogers Media announced its acquisition of CJNT from Channel Zero, to convert the station into an owned-and-operated station of its Citytv television system.

Fight Now TV

Fight Now TV was an American combat sports specialty channel broadcasting programming related to wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, and other combat sports. The channel launched in May 2011 and ceased broadcasting in June 2014.

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