|Launched||November 23, 2011|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Slogan||For the Love of Movies|
|Bell TV||Channels 1270–1273|
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant||Channels 593-596|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channels 1315–1318|
|Optik TV||Channels 426–429|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
David Kines (President)|
Jay Switzer (Chairman)
Hollywood Suite is a group of four Canadian Category B premium specialty channels, each either majority-owned or wholly owned by Hollywood Suite Inc., a privately held broadcasting company based in Toronto, Ontario.
The four channels are devoted to classic films, with each of the four channels devoted to a specific decade, and broadcasting solely in high definition. Although its channels are separately-licensed services (in contrast to competing premium television services in Canada, which are Category A-licensed and whose additional channels are legally considered multiplex channels operating under the licensing of their parent, flagship channel), the four channels are typically bundled together in a single channel package.
On July 2, 2010, Jay Switzer (co-founder of Hollywood Suite), was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for four new specialty channels, including "Velocity" and "Adventure", which would be "devoted to the entire genre of action and adventure, including selections from crime fiction, and epic and heroic drama." as well as "KISS" and "The Love Channel", which would both be "devoted to romance, love and relationships."
The four channels launched on November 23, 2011 under the blanket branding Hollywood Suite, with all four channels typically distributed as a single package; the channels were marketed as providing a "pure" and "high quality" service at a lower cost in comparison to other premium television services in Canada.
Hollywood Suite consists of four multiplex channels, all broadcasting solely in high definition, and focusing on films from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s respectively. The service also offers a video on-demand channel, as well as TV Everywhere app Hollywood Suite Go.
The four channels were previously formatted with either a theme, or featuring films from specific studios under brand licensing agreements; they originally launched as WarnerFilms (focusing on Warner Bros. productions), MGM Channel (focusing primarily on MGM films), Hollywood Storm (which focused primarily on action-oriented films), and Hollywood Festival (which focused primarily on romantic films). On May 31, 2012, Hollywood Suite announced it had reached a partnership with Sony Pictures Television to re-launch two of its channels under Sony brands, with Hollywood Storm utilizing Sony's AXN brand by becoming AXN Movies (which focused primarily on action films from the Sony Pictures library), and Hollywood Festival as Sony Movie Channel. At the time of the rebrand, AXN Investments took a 46.66% ownership in the two channels. The rebrand occurred on September 4, 2012.
In September 2015, Hollywood Suite announced that it would re-launch its channels on November 2, 2015, dropping the studio-based brands in favour of dedicating each network to a specific decade.
According to CRTC records, the largest shareholders in Hollywood Suite Inc. are co-founder Jay Switzer at 30.15%, Donald Sobey (former chair of Empire Company / Sobeys, and an early investor in First Choice prior to its acquisition by Astral) at 15.38%, and ThinkFilm founder Jeff Sackman at 14.23%, with other shareholders holding combined interests of 40.26%.
Sony subsidiary AXN Investments holds a net 46.66% interest in a subsidiary which owns the 90s and 00s Movies channels (formerly AXN Movies and Sony Movie Channel respectively), with the 70s and 80s Movies channels remaining wholly owned by Hollywood Suite.
- ↑ Hollywood Suite: Four New Canadian Movie Channels James Bawden blog 2012-02-21
- ↑ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-450 CRTC 2010-07-02
- ↑ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-449 CRTC 2012-07-02
- ↑ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-451 CRTC 2010-07-02
- ↑ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-452 CRTC 2010-07-02
- ↑ Hollywood Suite - Canada's new 24/7 multi-platform HD movie service launches with branded HD movie services from both Warner Bros. and MGM Newswire 2011-08-23
- 1 2 "Hollywood Suite to go by the numbers in rebranding its movie channels". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- ↑ "Hollywood Suite brings Sony brands into its stable". Cartt.ca. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- ↑ Hollywood Suite Launches Two HD Movie Channels Broadcaster Magazine 2012-09-04
- 1 2 Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (2015-12-10). "Ownership Chart 235: Hollywood Suite" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-02.