ⓘ Dusk, TV channel. Dusk was a Canadian English language specialty channel. Dusk broadcast programming consisting of films, television dramas, and reality TV, and ..

Dusk (TV channel)

ⓘ Dusk (TV channel)

Dusk was a Canadian English language specialty channel. Dusk broadcast programming consisting of films, television dramas, and reality TV, and documentary-style television series from the thriller, suspense and supernatural genres.

Dusk went on the air on September 7, 2001 as Scream stylized as SCREAM, under the ownership of Corus Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis as a Category 2 service. During its early years, Scream broadcast horror, thriller, and suspense films along with some television series. After the acquisition of Alliance Atlantis by Canwest and Goldman Sachs, the channel was rebranded as Dusk in 2009, shifting more towards suspense and paranormal-themed programming rather than pure horror in order to appeal to a wider audience.

Two years after Canwest was sold to Shaw Media, a sister company of Corus, the channel ended operations in March 2012, and was largely replaced on most providers by ABC Spark.


1. History

In November 2000, Corus, on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission CRTC to launch a television channel called HorrorVision, which would be devoted primarily to the horror and thriller genres.

The channel was launched as Scream on September 7, 2001 as a joint venture between Corus Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis. Programming on Scream focused primarily on horror, thriller, and suspense films and television series.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media, acquired 49% of Scream through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.

On September 9, 2009, Scream was re-launched as Dusk, shifting away from horror and "gore" to focus more broadly on paranormal and suspense-driven programming such as Supernatural and mainstream film premieres such as Along Came a Spider, to appeal to a broader viewer demographic such as women.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed once again as Shaw Communications gained a 49% stake in Scream as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs interest in CW Media.

On February 10, 2012, Dusk revealed through an announcement via its Twitter and Facebook accounts, that it would be ceasing operations on March 23, 2012. A statement later announced on the channels website stated the channel was being shuttered for strategic reasons in an effort to concentrate on "areas of expertise." Corus later indicated more specifically, through CRTC filings, that Dusk was discontinued in order to proceed with the launch of ABC Spark, such that Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct could carry the latter while complying with the CRTCs "3:1 ratio" policy which limits the proportion of specialty channels carried from companies affiliated with a particular service provider.

The last program aired on Dusk was the 1990 film Ghost, which was aired in a 24-hour marathon on March 22.


2. Epilogue

Dusk was Canadas first horror television channel dedicated to the thriller, suspense and horror genres and was one of the most-watched new specialty channels.

After Dusks closure, another attempt to launch an horror-based channel took place five years later when Sylvain Gagne, owner of IO Media inc., launched Frissons TV in September 2017 with its English counterpart, Terror TV to be launched.

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