Channel Zero (company)
|Key people||Cal Millar, President & COO
Romen Podzyhun, Chairman & CEO
|Products||Broadcasting, Television Production|
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:
- 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:
- Christopher J. Fuoco and Kimberly S. Train – jointly own 30%
- Romen Podzyhun – 23.4%
- Anthony D’Andrea – 23.3%
- Cal Millar – 23.3%
Channel Zero owns and operates three specialty television channels:
- Fight Now TV - an American sports channel devoted to combatant sports including boxing, wrestling, mixed-martial arts, and more.
- Rewind - Movie channel devoted to classic films from the 1970's to the 1990's.
- Silver Screen Classics - Movie channel devoted to classic films from the 1930s through to the 1960s.
Over the air stations
Channel Zero owns an over the air station which it acquired from Canwest 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
- 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.
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
Previously owned stations
- 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.The CRTC approved the sale on August 28, 2009 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. 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. 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.
References and notes
- CRTC ownership chart
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-537
- Channel Zero Inc. agrees to purchase CHCH-TV Hamilton and CJNT-TV Montreal from Canwest; CNW Group; 2009-06-30
- CRTC increases the diversity of voices in the Montreal market
- 60 Years Strong! CHCH announces all that's in store for Fall 2013 Newswire press release 2013=06-11
- Channel Zero Inc. agrees to purchase CHCH-TV Hamilton and CJNT-TV Montreal from Canwest CNW Group (2009-06-30)
- Channel Zero Inc. agrees to purchase CHCH-TV Hamilton and CJNT-TV Montreal from Canwest (Video News Coverage) (2009-06-30)
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-536
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-537
- Channel Zero loads up on U.S. network series, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2010
- Channel Zero rebrands, repositions, CJNT Montreal, Cartt.ca 2011-02-02