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the network that endows his professorship. studios will routinely spend $3 million or more an hour. shows are cheaper to produce and viewers don expect them to be celebrity laden. Canada has now launched so many successful specialty channels that a strong talent pool of producers and creators has developed here, said Barrett.
no doubt that at the time HGTV took a huge risk bringing out on Homes. They were very afraid of that, because I was throwing big blocks through glass windows. They thought, my god, we going to get sued, said Holmes, 51.
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While they may crave a home theatre or granite kitchen counters, he often finds an under the surface defect that is more worthy of a fix. He said his fans which are also spread out in dozens of countries all over the globe are drawn to the idea of someone else making the tough call.
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the majority of the show in Toronto is definitely an advantage. It such a multicultural city that we have people from all over the world here, he said.
were a lot of people who tried to copy. Then there was smart stuff, like Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray. They not actors. They not afraid of the camera. They being themselves. So I think this started a whole new way of doing television production. went on to launch Inspection, which profiles botched home inspections, and Make it Right, in which he renovates disaster struck homes. His kids Michael and Sherry have become regular fixtures on his shows and his latest father son team up Ultimate Garage will air Sept. 1.
How HGTV Canada built a specialty powerhouse and a global following
Holmes says the decision to join HGTV came down to the opportunity to educate Canadians. On on Homes, which ran between 2001 and 2008, he visited families who had been cheated or deserted during their home renovations.
The show was a tough sell at first because one else was saying the word on TV, he said. But now it airs in over 40 countries and McGillivray sees tweets and Facebook messages from fans from all over the world Spain, Korea, Costa Rica, Thailand.
executives at both HGTV and other specialty channels took notice, he said.
said, know what, I watch the shows on your channel and this is poor information that I seeing. I sick and tired of seeing people getting screwed and fixing crap that doesn make sense, recalled Holmes. stood up and said, want a pilot right away. Holmes no nonsense style is at the heart of HGTV Canada success. The network has built a specialty powerhouse based on authentic Canadians generally choosing real experts over slick personalities and offering a reliable stable of home improvement and house hunting shows.
on HGTV, is aspirational fans tell him they like to watch not only for the design and construction elements, but because they want to learn more about real estate investment.
always say that real estate is the everyday person way into becoming wealthy, he said. you investing in the stock market, it takes a lot of money to make money. In real estate, because of leverage, the average individual can make significant returns if they know what they doing. meanwhile, joked that his series it to Bryan should be renamed Bad News Bryan Show. In the series, which returns for a new season Monday, homeowners allow Baeumler to decide which renovation they need most.
The formula has paid off. In a market where many networks are scrambling for a homegrown hit, HGTV Canada boasts a startling number of highly rated Canuck shows (the network licence dictates that 50 per cent of its shows be Canadian). Eight out of the top 10 shows on the network during the winter/spring 2014 season were Canadian, among them Kings, Handyman Challenge and it To Bryan.
The series swiftly became the highest rated show ever on the network when it premiered earlier this year. For Shipton, it a prime example of what the network is doing well.
McGillivray, 36, looks the part of a television host more than other HGTV stars but is a full time real estate investor. As the host of Property, he helps homeowners renovate properties to include rental suites.
think everybody knows deep down what they should do I think occasionally we need someone to come in and take the stress out of making the decision, to make the right decision for us.
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has an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. The devil is whispering, need a big screen TV and a man cave and to turn the garage into a shop. Whereas the angel is saying, should really fix that single pane window, said Baeumler.
Kings is number one, hands down. That show just smashed all kinds of records for us here at HGTV, said Christine Shipton, Shaw Media vice president of original content.
He was acutely aware that the 2008 housing crash might put a damper on his show. But people kept tuning in, and McGillivray firmly believes he provides a realistic way for middle class Canadians to get rich.
The straight talking builder had worked as a contractor for decades before he wound up filling in behind the scenes on an HGTV Canada show. While in a network executive office one day, Holmes a passionate defender of practical home building gave him a piece of his mind.
really think the ability to bring character and stories into renovation and home decor is what really keeping up our channel momentum, she said. really can just be a how to channel anymore. channels have a far better chance of producing successful Canadian shows than conventional networks, said Douglas Barrett, CTV professor of broadcast management at York University Schulich School of Business.
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