Animal News Now TV

Two pilot episodes of the hilarious new digital show for kids, Animal News Now, is set to begin airing on December 16th at www.cbc.ca/parents.

This latest project by WBM is hosted by a child news anchor and their trusty talking canine sidekick. ANN is a digital “newscast” full of stories about animals, told by animals and aimed at the kids who love them.

The newscasts cover everything from breaking stories, to fashion, sports, food reviews and entertainment news.  All right from the horse’s mouth… and the dog’s… and the gerbil’s and the llama’s.  Because on ANN, animals can talk and boy, do they have a lot to say!

Using comedic voice-overs to animate the animals and hear their stories, viewers get a glimpse into the secret world of animals from the backyard to the barnyard and all pastures in between.

Viewers will be able to go to www.cbc.ca/parents to view the two pilot episodes and then vote on their favourite news team.  Will it be Emerson and her very hairy co-host Ruckus or host Asher and his class-act canine companion Harley who get to take the series to air?  ANN is set to win the hearts of kids, parents and pets throughout the country.

Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag

“Wallner and Matisic’s easygoing performances have cultivated an audience that wants no-nonsense advice about merchandise. But their comedy is a bonus as they await the pass-or-fail remarks from the chef, who can only laugh.”
– Vancouver Province

In Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, the test-driving twosome from The Shopping Bags narrow their focus to the kitchen and put cookbooks to the test. In each episode, Anna and Kristina try out and review recipes, ingredients, appliances and food prep techniques to see if the average cook can re-create the beautifully-photographed meals. At the end of the show, a guest chef or food expert gives a final evaluation of the meal and Anna & Kristina decide if the cookbook really delivers the goods.

Premiered: September 2008
Length: 78 x 30’
Produced for W Network (Canada) and Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
Broadcaster: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
Distributor: Picture Box

Find Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag on Facebook.

 

Awards & Nominations

2013 Leo Award Nominations

  • Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Erin Redden, Stephani Roslowski (Episode: 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know)
  • Best Cinematography in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Mark Edwards (Episode: Mourad The New Moroccan)
  • Best Hosts in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner & Kristina Matisic (Episode: 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know)
  • Best Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag (Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic, Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Sheona Macdonald – producers)

2011 Gemini Award Nominations

  • Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series: Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag – Anna Wallner, Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Kristina Matisic
  • Best Host(s) in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series: Kristina Matisic, Anna Wallner  (Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag episode: Marguerite Patten’s Best British Dishes)
  • Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series: Jordan Kawchuk, Erin Redden (Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag episode: Marguerite Patten’s Best British Dishes)

2010 Gemini Award Nominations

  • Best Host(s) in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series: Kristina Matisic, Anna Wallner  (Episode: Cowboy in the Kitchen)

2010 Leo Award Winners

  • Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Jennifer Little (Episode: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking)
  • Best Cinematography in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Carl Alcock (Episode: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking)
  • Best Hosts in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner & Kristina Matisic (Episode: Cowboy in the Kitchen)

2010 Leo Award Nomination

  • Best Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag

2009 Gemini Award Nomination 

  • Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series: Kristina Matisic, Anna Wallner (Episode: Mastering the Art of French Cooking)

2009 Leo Award Nominations 

  • Best Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag
  • Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Michael Margolis (Mangoes and Curry Leaves)
  • Best Cinematography in an Information or Lifestyle Series (2 nominations): Carl Alcock (Episodes: Mastering the Art of French Cooking; Mangoes and Curry Leaves)
  • Best Hosts in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner & Kristina Matisic (Episode: Mangoes and Curry Leaves)

Get Stuffed

Crazy competitions, mammoth meals, outlandish characters…welcome to the world of GET STUFFED!

From the producers of the highly successful series The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, and Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call, GET STUFFED is currently airing on OLN/Rogers.

GET STUFFED immerses us in the fascinating world of bizarre international competitions. Four trash-talking rivals push their mental and physical limits to best each other in feats of strength, endurance, and weird-ass sh*t. Winning is everything and losing means surviving a gut-busting epic meal of gastronomical proportions.

In this unique 13 x 30 min series, never-before-televised events – including Ostrich Racing, Worm Charming, Redneck Games and the Testicle Festival – share centre stage with unique food creations, with hilarious and unexpected results. Who will lift the trophy, and command the respect of the locals? And who will have to eat more than just humble pie?

Premiered: July 2012
Length: 13 x 30’
Broadcaster: OLN/Rogers (Canada)
Distributor: Picture Box

For updates, follow Get Stuffed on:
+ Facebook GetStuffedTV
+ Twitter @GetStuffedTV
+ YouTube GetStuffedTVshow

 

Awards & Nominations

2013 Leo Award Winners

  • Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Catharine Parke (Episode: Summer Redneck Games)
  • Best Cinematography in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Zach Williams (Episode: Summer Redneck Games)
  • Best Host in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Kalyn Miles (Episode: Summer Redneck Games)
  • Best Information or Lifestyle Series: Get Stuffed (Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic, Heather Hawthorn-Doyle – producers)

 

Buy.o.logic

From the producers of the highly successful series, The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, and Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call, Buy.o.logic premiered April 3, 2012 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada).

Hosted by acclaimed journalist Isla Traquair and featuring product testing vignettes from Anna & Kristina, Buy.o.logic provides insights on how to live a better life by delivering up-to-date medical information in an engaging and entertaining way. With the help of medical professionals, products are tested and evaluated based on health, price and performance.

Premiered: April 2012
Length: 13 x 30’
Broadcaster: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
Distributor: Picture Box

Follow Buy.o.logic:

+ on Facebook Facebook.com/Buy.o.logic
+ or Twitter @BuyologicTV.

And be sure to check out the Buy.o.logic YouTube channel for interviews and clips!

 

Awards & Nominations

2013 Leo Award Nominee

  • Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Nicholas Treeshin, Stephanie Rosloski (Episode: Tag, You’re It)

Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call

“Whether they’re comparing anti-aging potions or giving the runway fashions a real-life road test, Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic can be counted on to deliver their advice with a generous dose of humour.”
– Toronto Star Starweek

Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic’s fashion-forward series Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call is a magazine-meets-makeover show set to help viewers get to the roots and results of great style. Each week, our intrepid shoppers attempt to dress one gal or guy facing a fashion dilemma or looking to add some sizzle to their style. Armed with $500, a fascination for fashion, savvy shopping skills and the invaluable advice from the best in the business, Anna and Kristina try to land a look that will impress not only our closet-challenged candidate, but also a famous fashionista to boot.

Premiered: November 2009
Length: 26 x 30’
Originally produced for W Network (Canada)
Distributor: Picture Box

Find Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call on Facebook.

The Shopping Bags

“Their show’s a hit, they’ve published a book, “The Shopping Bags”, and they’ve become media darlings…”
– Metro

The Shopping Bags is where it all started. Anna & Kristina combined their background in broadcasting, their penchant for research, and their love of shopping into an award-winning show that took an in-depth look at shopping for everyday consumer products. Anna and Kristina tested everything from all-purpose cleaners to lawnmowers, mascara to the family car. And after all their tests and research for each segment, they determined the best product for the job, even though sometimes they didn’t always agree!

 

Premiered: September 2002
Length: 205 x 30’
Originally produced for W Network (Canada)
Broadcaster: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
Distributor: Picture Box

 

Awards & Nominations

2007 Leo Award Winners          

  • Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic (Episode: Exercise Balls, Vanilla, Towels, Tweezers)

2007 Gemini Award Nomination

  • Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Segment: The Shopping Bags (Jackie Sidoni, Sean De Vries, Catherine Ateyo, Brian Beard, Mark Pitkethly)

2006 Leo Award Winners

  • Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic

2006 Gemini Award Nomination

  • Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Segment: The Shopping Bags (Tony Hrkac, Todd Serotiuk, Brian Beard)

2005 Leo Award Winners

  • Best Direction in an Information Series: Joanne Braithwaite (Episode 91)
  • Best Host(s) in an Information Series: Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic (Episode 96)

2005 Leo Award Nomination

  • Best Information Series: The Shopping Bags (Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic – producers)

2004 Leo Award Winners

  • Best Lifestyle Series: The Shopping Bags (Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic, Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, John Ritchie, Hugh Beard – Producers)

2003 Gemini Award Nomination

  • Best Host(s) in a Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series:  Kristina Matisic, Anna Wallner

2003 Leo Award Winners

  • Best Lifestyle Series: The Shopping Bags
  • Best Direction in a Lifestyle Series: Michael Robinson (Episode 35: Luggage)
  • Best Host(s) in a Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic

2002 Gemini Award Nomination

  • Best Practical Information Series: The Shopping Bags (John Ritchie, Kristina Matisic, Nikila Cole, Hugh Beard, Anna Wallner)

PRESS & INTERVIEWS

June 7, 2013: Get Stuffed wins 4 Leo Awards!

New series Get Stuffed turned four nominations in the Information or Lifestyle Series category into Leo Awards. Best Direction went to Catharine Parke (ep. 9, Summer Redneck Games) and Best Cinematography went to Zach Williams (ep. 9, Summer Redneck Games). Kalyn Miles earned her wings winning the Best Host award (ep. 9, Summer Redneck Games), and Get Stuffed took the award for Best Information & Lifestyle Series overall. Congratulations to the team!

May 13, 2013: National Geographic Channels International takes “Get Stuffed”

Picture Box Distribution has sold extreme competition series Get Stuffed to National Geographic Channels International for its Nat Geo Adventure channels in Australia, New Zealand and pan-Asia. Read more…

May 12, 2013: Leo Award Nominations

Three Worldwide Bag Media series have been nominated in multiple categories this year. Nominations include:

Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag

Best Information or Lifestyle Series: Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic, Sheona Macdonald – producers

Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Erin Redden, Stephanie Roslowski (Episode 66: “100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know”)

Best Cinematography in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Mark Edwards (Episode 69: “Mourad: The New Moroccan”)

Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic (Episode 66: “100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know”)

Buy.o.logic

Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Nicholas Treeshin, Stephani Roslowski (Episode 5: “Tag, you’re it!“)

Get Stuffed

Best Host in an Information or Lifestyle Series: Kalyn Miles (Episode 9: “Redneck Games“)

Best Cinematography in an Informatino or Lifestyle Series: Zachary Williams (Episode 9: “Redneck Games“)

 

March 6, 2013: #30PeopleYouShouldKnow

Marc Smith

“Heather Hawthorn-Doyle: Award-winning producer and Director, but “Mom” is her best reward…”

Dec. 20, 2012: A year of entrepreneurism from art to yachts

Vancouver Sun

These shining examples of Vancouver character and enterprise graced this column in 2012.

…Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic launched the Shopping Bags TV series in 2000, founded Worldwide Bag Media in 2008, and developed shows that have them travel the world and, in Wallner’s case, cuss on camera. “It’s getting worse,” she said at Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag’s fourth-season launch. “I can’t stop it.”

Nov. 28, 2012: Oprah effect game changer for Vancouver filmmakers

Vancouver Sun

“…Vancouver television hosts Kristina Matisic and Anna Wallner saw their stars rise after their show Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag was picked up by OWN, now running in 55 countries worldwide.

“Being on OWN was definitely a big boost and a big feather in our cap,” Matisic said.

“We were the first Canadian show to be picked up on the network. We got a lot of publicity about that. Everyone wanted to know whether we’d met Oprah. No, we still have not,” she said…”

July 29, 2012: Besties in business and in life

The Vancouver Province: Dana Gee

American industrialist John D. Rockefeller once said “a friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”

Despite such warnings, best friends and journalism colleagues Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic 13 years ago decided to team up and start up what is now the flourishing Worldwide Bag Media Inc.

Read more…

Get Stuffed Premieres July 3, 2012 on OLN

GET STUFFED immerses us in the fascinating world of bizarre international competitions. Four trash-talking rivals push their mental and physical limits to best each other in feats of strength, endurance, and weird-ass sh*t. Winning is everything and losing means surviving a gut-busting epic meal of gastronomical proportions.

Watch Get Stuffed on OLN Tuesdays starting July 3, 2012, at 9pm ET/PT!

Read the official press release.

Follow Get Stuffed on Facebook, Twitter @GetStuffedTV, and YouTube.

April 4, 2012: Laurie & Cory of The Peak 100.5 FM interview Isla Traquair

Isla talks about kegels and shreddies, and no, it’s not a breakfast cereal. Listen online.

April 3, 2012: Dr. Hepburn’s Spoonful of funny

Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist

When Dr. Dave Hepburn appears on Buy.o.logic, the consumer health-care series premièring tonight on Oprah Winfrey Network, he’ll deliver his own version of what the network’s famous namesake calls an “aha moment.” Read more

April 2, 2012: Buy.o.logic Hosts on Vancouver’s Urban Rush

Hosts Isla Traquair & Dr. Dave Hepburn interviewed by Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford.

April 2, 2012: New Health Consumer Show Launches

Dana Gee, The Vancouver Province

While helping to care for a terminally ill friend, Isla Traquair, the host of the new OWN show Buy.o.logic, had her eyes opened and her creative juices jolted. Read more

Press Release:  Anna & Kristina Bring New Original Series, Buy.o.logic, to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)

Premiering Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. Acclaimed investigative reporter Isla Traquair hosts

TORONTO, March 19, 2012 /CNW/ – This April, Corus Entertainment’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the premiere of the new original series, Buy.o.logic. No medical ailment is off limits, no healthcare product is safe from scrutiny and no test is too outrageous to tackle. Produced by Worldwide Bag Media Inc. in association with OWN (Canada), Buy.o.logic premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT and will do whatever it takes to help viewers make smart buys for their bodies. Read more…

March 5, 2012: Vancouver’s Emerging Reality TV Empire

BCBusiness Magazine

…(article page 2:) A relative newcomer to the Vancouver TV production industry, Worldwide Bag Media Inc. was founded in 2008 by Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic, who rose to fame as stars of the TV series The Shopping Bags…

…”Real people are fascinating to us right now,” says Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Executive Producer and Head of Development. “And it’s all about worlds you don’t know, or people that are doing things in worlds you don’t know.” Read more…

Feb. 13, 2012: Get Stuffed begins shooting!

First stop, La Pas, Manitoba for the 2012 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival. Next stop, the world! Get Stuffed starts airing on OLN this summer. Read more about Get Stuffed.

For updates, follow Get Stuffed on:
+ Facebook GetStuffedTV
+ Google+ gplus.to/GetStuffedTV
+ Twitter @GetStuffedTV
+ YouTube GetStuffedTVshow.

January 2012: Buy.o.logic team is actively recruiting candidates & testers

See the latest on-camera opportunities on our “Be on TV!” page.

For Buy.o.logic casting call alerts, follow Buy.o.logic:
+ Facebook Facebook.com/Buy.o.logic
+ Twitter @BuyologicTV
+ Youtube Buy.o.logic

Dec. 6, 2011: Vancouver’s Buyologic will be on Oprah Winfrey Network!

Buy.o.logic host Isla Traquair is interviewed by Crystal Kwon of Vancity Buzz.

Nov. 29, 2011: Buy.o.logic on Urban Rush

Buy.o.logic host Isla Traquair is interviewed by Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford of Vancouver’s Urban Rush

Nov. 21, 2011: Buy.o.logic on Homorazzi

Buy.o.logic host Isla Traquair is interviewed by Patrick Levesque for Homorazzi.com

November 16, 2011: Buy.o.logic on 100.5 The Peak

100.5 The PEAK – Isla Traquair and Heather Hawthorn-Doyle talk with James Sutton about new series Buy.o.logic on the Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada).

2011 Gemini Award Nominees in three categories (Announced Aug. 03, 2011)

1. Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series: Anna and Kristina’s Grocery BagAnna Wallner, Kristina Matisic, Heather Hawthorn-Doyle (Worldwide Bag Media Inc.)

2. Best Host(s) in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series: Kristina Matisic, Anna Wallner
Series: Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag
Episode: Marguerite Patten’s Best British Dishes

3. Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series: Jordan Kawchuk, Erin Redden
Series: Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag
Episode: Marguerite Patten’s Best British Dishes

February 27, 2011: ‘Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag’ earns a berth on Oprah’s Network

The Globe & Mail (Marsha Lederman)

February 11, 2011: Oprah’s OWN bags Vancouver TV Twosome Anna & Kristina

Vancouver Sun/National Post (Mia Stainsby)

Dec. 30, 2010: Cooking show hosts make big move all their OWN

The Toronto Star (Ashante Infantry)

For more series-related news, visit AnnaAndKristina.com

Press Releases:

November 18: 2011 – Vancouver, BC: Worldwide Bag Media Inc. and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) Begin Production on Buy.o.logic

A new television series from the producers of the highly successful series, The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, and Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call is going into production and is scheduled to debut this spring on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada).

Hosted by acclaimed journalist Isla Traquair, Buy.o.logic will provide insights on how to live a better life by delivering up-to-date medical information in an engaging and entertaining way. With the help of medical professionals, products will be tested and evaluated based on health, price and performance. More… (PDF)

August 15, 2011 – Vancouver, BC: YOU SHOULD BE ON TV. HERE’S YOUR OPPORTUNITY.

Do you have what it takes to compete in a new adventure documentary series? Worldwide Bag Media, the Vancouver-based production company behind the hit series The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call, and Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag in conjunction with the team that brought you Word Travels – seen in 100 countries on Travel
Channel and NatGeo, are now seeking two people with larger than life personalities. More… (PDF)

May 2, 2011: HEATHER HAWTHORN-DOYLE JOINS FORCES WITH WORLDWIDE BAG MEDIA INC.

Worldwide Bag Media is pleased to announce Heather Hawthorn-Doyle as the new Head of Development and Executive Producer for WBM Inc., the Vancouver-based, multi-media production company behind The Shopping Bags, Anna & Kristina’s Beauty Call, Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, and the overall A&K brand. More… (PDF)

Get Stuffed Premieres July 3, 2012 on OLN

GET STUFFED immerses us in the fascinating world of bizarre international competitions. Four trash-talking rivals push their mental and physical limits to best each other in feats of strength, endurance, and weird-ass sh*t. Winning is everything and losing means surviving a gut-busting epic meal of gastronomical proportions.

Watch Get Stuffed on OLN Tuesdays starting July 3, 2012, at 9pm ET/PT!

Read the official press release.

Follow Get Stuffed on Facebook, Twitter @GetStuffedTV, and YouTube: GetStuffedTVshow.

More about Get Stuffed.

Press Release: Anna & Kristina Bring New Original Series, Buy.o.logic, to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)

Premiering Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT

Acclaimed investigative reporter Isla Traquair hosts

TORONTO, March 19, 2012 /CNW/ – This April, Corus Entertainment’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the premiere of the new original series, Buy.o.logic. No medical ailment is off limits, no healthcare product is safe from scrutiny and no test is too outrageous to tackle. Produced by Worldwide Bag Media Inc. in association with OWN (Canada), Buy.o.logic premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT and will do whatever it takes to help viewers make smart buys for their bodies.

Read the official press release.