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Bell Media's Commitment To Music Is Primed In TIFF Sked

Randy Lennox is making it happen in music these days!

The Bell Media supremo has been making some big, bold moves in content acquisition and creation since he moved out of the corner-office executive suite at UMC four years ago. The media empire, with revenues of $3.5B annually, is a company with the clout to deliver audiences across multiple platforms, and in this Lennox has not lost sight of his roots in music.

Take TIFF as an example.

This year’s annual shindig includes three screeners that Bell Media has co-produced and invested in, including the Sept. 5 festival opener Once Were Brothers: The Robbie Robertson and The Band rockumentary that is a Crave original doc that will air later this year.  

And just announced is David Foster: Off the Record that will have its World Premiere at TIFF on Sept. 9. The film’s premiere (date TBA) will be followed with a special tribute to David Foster at the TIFF Tribute Gala. Among the executive producers named are Lennox, and music impresario Jeffrey Latimer.

Often referred to as a musical genius, Foster’s indelible imprint in contemporary pop music is enviable. The 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, songwriter, and composer has helped sell more than a half-billion records collaborating with such artists as Chicago, Barbra Streisand and Andrea Bocelli, as well as being credited with discovering and working with Celine Dion, Michael Bublé and Josh Groban. The film also shares what is next for Foster’s career.

Featured in the film are Streisand, Bublé, Dion, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Groban, Kristen Chenoweth, Peter Cetera, Diane Warren, Carol Bayer Sager, wife Katharine McPhee, and daughters Erin and Sara Foster.

Bell Media's music line-up doesn't end here. Bohemian Rhapsody is now airing on Crave, as well as the documentary of PUNK, alongside a new Rick Rubin documentary just opening on Crave ( Shangrila).

Beyond these titles we hear that Crave has snagged the David Crosby documentary Remember My Name and Yesterday, a romcom that involves the Beatles. Official announcement and air dates TBA.

It doesn’t get much larger than life than this.

Press release with quotes in full here.

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