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ZeD

ZeD was a Canadian variety television program and website. The series premiered on CBC Television on March 18, 2002 and ran to 2006. Hosted primarily by Sharon Lewis and Ziya Tong, ZeD publicized creative works from Canada and other countries, including a substantial portion of material created by viewers and new artists. ZeD thus considered itself to be "open-source television."

ZeD
Created byRae Hull & McLean Greaves
Presented bySharon Lewis
Ziya Tong
Country of originCanada
Production
Executive producerMcLean Greaves
Release
Original networkCBC
Original releaseMarch 18, 2002 (2002-03-18)
2006 (2006)

The website claimed thousands of users, and the series, while somewhat obscure, was nominated for several awards and influenced some US television. A music album, ZeD: Live Off The Floor, was also spun off the series.

Contents

The concept of ZeD was originally developed by Rae Hull, who was the regional director for CBC in Vancouver, British Columbia. and new media pioneer McLean Greaves. It was initially imagined as being "free-form, hip and fast moving, with no segment longer than a few minutes," but beyond this contributors would influence the content.

In November 2001, CBC invited Canadians to come up with cheap but intelligent creative ideas in connection with the anticipated series "zed," and received 1,000 efforts. When ZeD premiered on March 18, 2002, it was still considered to be in development, and its first four weeks from March to April were experimental. It was not advertised, except for CBC informing the press, since ZeD was meant to be discovered among viewers who would then inform other viewers. CBC was still hoping to attract contributors, and Hull added, "I'd be happy if people discovered ZeD and made their own decisions about it."

In March 2002, the series was called ZeD beta v 0.1. The name ZeD appears to have been chosen to suggest the series was uniquely Canadian, since zed is how Canadians pronounce the letter "Z." The ZeD website was also launched at the time. Both the series and website were based in Vancouver.

The program, which aired every weeknight on the CBC, aired music, short films, animation, visual art and spoken word pieces from around the world. The subject matter, which ranged from comedy to drama, was mature and could include nudity and profanity, and thus episodes began with a humorously worded call for viewer's discretion. Each episode was 40 minutes long, with no advertisements during the show.

Interactive website

Its website allowed people to view certain works, and also upload their creations onto the website, which might then appear on television. The press stated that 20% of the material on television had been uploaded from the website. Altogether, in 2002 the website claimed 5,000 members. In 2005, this had increased to 45,962 members. Although some films are not available on the website, viewers of the television show could e-mail ZeD and request replays on Fridays, which were named "Feedback Fridays".

Movies aired

Films seen on ZeD include Cannibalism and Your Teen, which is a humorous parody of the father-knows-best ideology, and Ryan. The anti-racism comedy Cowboys and Indians was also aired more than once. Other popular short films include the animated comedy Strange Invaders, which combines the themes of extraterrestrials and parenthood and notably appeared on ZeD on March 22, 2002, as well as George Lucas in Love. Since works by viewers ranged in quality, ZeD required rigorous editing, especially to avoid copyright violations. Artists generally received $200 for each minute of work published by ZeD.

Music

Music on ZeD was sometimes presented in the form of music videos, but musical guests also appeared. Among such guests were William Clarke Brown, who was also known as Lyrical, and claimed No. 1 spot for most voted musician, and Sam Roberts, who performed "Brother Down" and "This Is How I Live" on October 15, 2002. On December 2, 2003, an album was produced by music producer Jon Siddall and Mashingaidze-Greaves, titled ZeD: Live Off The Floor which featured music taken live off ZeD. Eye Weekly critic Kevin Hainey said the music generally seemed "lush" and that the CD gave attention to upstart musicians such as Take 5. He especially approved of the new musicians, such as Kris Demeanor and The Floor. Tracks included:

Halloween specials

Another feature of ZeD was its annual Halloween episodes, which ran longer than 40 minutes. The 2004 special, "Night of the Living ZeD," was two hours long. These episodes featured some of ZeD's more disturbing short films and art, or comedies with supernatural or gothic themes. Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl and Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll are examples of the latter. In 2004, guest musician Jorane performed a "witchy acid cello" and there were "several freaky faux-Victorian sideshow acts in-studio."

Hosts

Ziya Tong hosted ZeD in its 2004-2005 season.

ZeD was originally hosted by several hosts including Bif Naked and Nobu and Mio Adilman. The program was subsequently hosted by Sharon Lewis until the 2004–2005 season, when she was replaced by Ziya Tong. Lewis also took time off to have a baby during her hosting, necessitating guest hosts such as the brothers Adilman. During this time, in March 2004, the Adilmans hosted Zed Uncut, which was a five-hour episode shot live.

On January 3, 2006, ZeD was revived as three television series to air weekly. Zed Real was the first, playing on Tuesdays, hosted by Jarrett Martineau and featuring documentaries. Zed Candid, airing on Wednesdays, featured short films and was hosted by Trish Williams, Suzanne Bastien and Zorana Sadiq. Finally, Zed Tunes aired on Thursdays, with a focus on music. It was hosted by Jenna Chow. All three continued to be aired on the CBC and ran for one hour, starting around 11:30 pm on their respective nights.

On May 7, 2006, the CBC announced the cancellation of the series. However, CBC said its website would still be available, and that "we're not letting go of some of the innovative ideas that the production crew have brought." Lise Lareau of the Canadian Media Guild replied that CBC was "abandoning the things that make public television special."

ZeD was nominated for an Emmy Award. The series was nominated for Gemini Awards, including for Best Music, Best Variety Program or Series, Best Visual Effects, and Best Cross Platform Project. Tong was also nominated for a 2005 Gemini Award for Viewer's Choice for Lifestyle Host. In 2002, television critic Alex Strachan wrote that "Almost everything about ZeD is exactly right, from its sense of timing... to the lack of commercials" and that Sharon Lewis' style was nicely easygoing. That year, 70,000 watched the show, which was aimed at people in their twenties and thirties who were comfortable with technology. Still, the executive producer Mashingaidze-Greaves admitted that "millions of Canadians" did not know what ZeD was during its run.

The sexual content of the website and series was sometimes controversial. In 2002, some of CBC's critics on the website CBC Watch preferred to see the sexual content unaired, and CBC quoted them as predicting that "ZeD will mostly be remembered for taking the 'L' out of public broadcasting." ZeD also received letters from viewers who thought one short film featuring a sexual scene between brothers was unusual. ZeD explained that "ZeD isn't about gratuitous nudity or being gross just for the sake of being gross. Don't get us wrong. We're not squeamish about anything... except outright stupidity."

Current TV, a television channel launched by politician Al Gore in 2005, was partially influenced by ZeD. This led Mashingaidze-Greaves to express ZeD had "the world leaders in interactive television, without a doubt." Mashingaidze-Greaves also said he did not fear having a larger rival in Current TV and said ZeD would continually innovate itself.

  1. McKay, Niall (April 14, 2005). "Gore's TV Seeks Northern Insights". Wired News. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. RetrievedMarch 15, 2007.
  2. Alexandra Gill, "What Al Gore sees in ZeD," The Globe and Mail, April 19, 2005, pg. R.3.
  3. Sandra Sperounes, "ZeD sneaks onto CBC: Mothercorp's PR engine sits idle, counts onword of mouth to win fans: hype & hawk: A look at market forces," Edmonton Journal, April 6, 2002, pg. D.9.
  4. Tony Atherton, "ZeD awaits viewer input," The Province, Vancouver, B.C.: March 24, 2002, pg. B.18.
  5. "Spotlight," The Vancouver Sun, January 4, 2002, pg. C.6.
  6. "CBC quietly launches new late-night show," Cape Breton Post, March 20, 2002. pg. B.11.
  7. Dana Gee, "ZeD on CBC a place for new ideas," The Province, Vancouver, B.C.: October 29, 2004, pg. B.9.
  8. Alexandra Gill, "ZeD aims for the 'sweet spot'," The Globe and Mail, December 2, 2002, pg. R.1.
  9. "Oscar hopeful Strange Invaders aired on television," Daily News, Truro, Nova Scotia: March 16, 2002, pg. C.3.
  10. "ON DISC: Does a booty good," Eye Weekly, December 18, 2003.
  11. "ZeD: Live Off The Floor". CBC Shop Online. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. RetrievedMarch 13, 2007.
  12. Alex Strachan, "Frightful Halloween behaviour," The Gazette, Montreal, Quebec: October 31, 2004, pg. B.4.
  13. Sandra Sperounes, "Indie artists have a new home in ZeD," Edmonton Journal, March 22, 2002, pg. E.4.
  14. "Smart Ask! launches season on CBC Radio: New TV quizmasters added," Journal-Pioneer, Summerside, P.E.I.: September 23, 2002, pg. 13.
  15. "Zed plans ad-free all-nighter," The Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2004, pg. D.9.
  16. "CBC cancels 'Zed TV'". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 7, 2006. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. RetrievedMay 8, 2006.
  17. Guy Dixon, "CBC to cut cutting-edge, late-night ZeD TV," The Globe and Mail, May 6, 2006, pg. R.6.
  18. Best Cross Platform Project, 21st Annual Gemini Awards website, URL accessed May 10, 2007.
  19. "Great, watchable north: The 20th Gemini Awards gala honours the best in Canadian TV," National Post, November 19, 2005, pg. TO.42.F.
  20. Alex Strachan, "Audacious, energetic and offbeat: That's ZeD on CBC," The Vancouver Sun, October 23, 2002, pg. B.6.FRO.
  21. "ZeD debuts". CBC.ca archives. April 20, 2002. RetrievedMarch 15, 2007.
  22. Peter Goddard, "CBC's 'hip' show loses sight of purpose The hottest art gallery screens on weeknights ; ZeD an outlet for emerging talent CBC show loses sight of purpose," Toronto Star, December 14, 2002, pg. J.15.

ZeD
ZeD Language Watch Edit ZeD was a Canadian variety television program and website The series premiered on CBC Television on March 18 2002 and ran to 2006 Hosted primarily by Sharon Lewis and Ziya Tong ZeD publicized creative works from Canada and other countries including a substantial portion of material created by viewers and new artists ZeD thus considered itself to be open source television 1 ZeDCreated byRae Hull amp McLean GreavesPresented bySharon Lewis Ziya TongCountry of originCanadaProductionExecutive producerMcLean GreavesReleaseOriginal networkCBCOriginal releaseMarch 18 2002 2002 03 18 2006 2006 The website claimed thousands of users and the series while somewhat obscure was nominated for several awards and influenced some US television 2 A music album ZeD Live Off The Floor was also spun off the series Contents 1 Concept and creation 2 Format 2 1 Interactive website 2 2 Movies aired 2 3 Music 2 4 Halloween specials 2 5 Hosts 3 Re formatting and cancellation 4 Reception 5 References 6 External linksConcept and creation EditThe concept of ZeD was originally developed by Rae Hull 3 who was the regional director for CBC in Vancouver British Columbia 4 and new media pioneer McLean Greaves It was initially imagined as being free form hip and fast moving with no segment longer than a few minutes but beyond this contributors would influence the content 4 In November 2001 CBC invited Canadians to come up with cheap but intelligent creative ideas in connection with the anticipated series zed and received 1 000 efforts 5 When ZeD premiered on March 18 2002 it was still considered to be in development 4 and its first four weeks from March to April were experimental 3 It was not advertised except for CBC informing the press since ZeD was meant to be discovered among viewers who would then inform other viewers CBC was still hoping to attract contributors and Hull added I d be happy if people discovered ZeD and made their own decisions about it 3 In March 2002 the series was called ZeD beta v 0 1 6 The name ZeD appears to have been chosen to suggest the series was uniquely Canadian since zed is how Canadians pronounce the letter Z 2 The ZeD website was also launched at the time Both the series and website were based in Vancouver 6 Format EditThe program which aired every weeknight on the CBC aired music short films animation visual art and spoken word pieces from around the world The subject matter which ranged from comedy to drama was mature and could include nudity and profanity and thus episodes began with a humorously worded call for viewer s discretion Each episode was 40 minutes long with no advertisements during the show Interactive website Edit Its website allowed people to view certain works and also upload their creations onto the website which might then appear on television The press stated that 20 of the material on television had been uploaded from the website 7 Altogether in 2002 the website claimed 5 000 members 8 In 2005 this had increased to 45 962 members 2 Although some films are not available on the website viewers of the television show could e mail ZeD and request replays on Fridays which were named Feedback Fridays Movies aired Edit Films seen on ZeD include Cannibalism and Your Teen which is a humorous parody of the father knows best ideology and Ryan The anti racism comedy Cowboys and Indians was also aired more than once Other popular short films include the animated comedy Strange Invaders which combines the themes of extraterrestrials and parenthood and notably appeared on ZeD on March 22 2002 9 as well as George Lucas in Love Since works by viewers ranged in quality ZeD required rigorous editing especially to avoid copyright violations 1 Artists generally received 200 for each minute of work published by ZeD 1 Music Edit Music on ZeD was sometimes presented in the form of music videos but musical guests also appeared Among such guests were William Clarke Brown who was also known as Lyrical and claimed No 1 spot for most voted musician and Sam Roberts who performed Brother Down and This Is How I Live on October 15 2002 On December 2 2003 an album was produced by music producer Jon Siddall and Mashingaidze Greaves titled ZeD Live Off The Floor which featured music taken live off ZeD Eye Weekly critic Kevin Hainey said the music generally seemed lush and that the CD gave attention to upstart musicians such as Take 5 He especially approved of the new musicians such as Kris Demeanor and The Floor 10 Tracks included This Is How I Live Monday Monday Monday by Tegan and Sara Evolution by The Cinematic Orchestra Big by BrassMunk Left and Leaving by The Weakerthans London Still by The Waifs The Centaur by Buck 65 Untitled by The Organ 11 Halloween specials Edit Another feature of ZeD was its annual Halloween episodes which ran longer than 40 minutes The 2004 special Night of the Living ZeD was two hours long 12 These episodes featured some of ZeD s more disturbing short films and art or comedies with supernatural or gothic themes Evelyn The Cutest Evil Dead Girl and Flying Saucer Rock n Roll are examples of the latter In 2004 guest musician Jorane performed a witchy acid cello and there were several freaky faux Victorian sideshow acts in studio 12 Hosts Edit Ziya Tong hosted ZeD in its 2004 2005 season ZeD was originally hosted by several hosts including Bif Naked 13 and Nobu and Mio Adilman 14 The program was subsequently hosted by Sharon Lewis until the 2004 2005 season when she was replaced by Ziya Tong Lewis also took time off to have a baby during her hosting necessitating guest hosts such as the brothers Adilman During this time in March 2004 the Adilmans hosted Zed Uncut which was a five hour episode shot live 15 Re formatting and cancellation EditOn January 3 2006 ZeD was revived as three television series to air weekly Zed Real was the first playing on Tuesdays hosted by Jarrett Martineau and featuring documentaries Zed Candid airing on Wednesdays featured short films and was hosted by Trish Williams Suzanne Bastien and Zorana Sadiq Finally Zed Tunes aired on Thursdays with a focus on music It was hosted by Jenna Chow All three continued to be aired on the CBC and ran for one hour starting around 11 30 pm on their respective nights On May 7 2006 the CBC announced the cancellation of the series 16 However CBC said its website would still be available and that we re not letting go of some of the innovative ideas that the production crew have brought Lise Lareau of the Canadian Media Guild replied that CBC was abandoning the things that make public television special 17 Reception EditZeD was nominated for an Emmy Award 2 The series was nominated for Gemini Awards including for Best Music Best Variety Program or Series Best Visual Effects and Best Cross Platform Project 7 18 Tong was also nominated for a 2005 Gemini Award for Viewer s Choice for Lifestyle Host 19 In 2002 television critic Alex Strachan wrote that Almost everything about ZeD is exactly right from its sense of timing to the lack of commercials and that Sharon Lewis style was nicely easygoing 20 That year 70 000 watched the show which was aimed at people in their twenties and thirties who were comfortable with technology 8 Still the executive producer Mashingaidze Greaves admitted that millions of Canadians did not know what ZeD was during its run 2 The sexual content of the website and series was sometimes controversial In 2002 some of CBC s critics on the website CBC Watch preferred to see the sexual content unaired and CBC quoted them as predicting that ZeD will mostly be remembered for taking the L out of public broadcasting 21 ZeD also received letters from viewers who thought one short film featuring a sexual scene between brothers was unusual 22 ZeD explained that ZeD isn t about gratuitous nudity or being gross just for the sake of being gross Don t get us wrong We re not squeamish about anything except outright stupidity 13 Current TV a television channel launched by politician Al Gore in 2005 was partially influenced by ZeD 2 This led Mashingaidze Greaves to express ZeD had the world leaders in interactive television without a doubt Mashingaidze Greaves also said he did not fear having a larger rival in Current TV and said ZeD would continually innovate itself 2 References Edit a b c McKay Niall April 14 2005 Gore s TV Seeks Northern Insights Wired News Archived from the original on November 12 2006 Retrieved March 15 2007 a b c d e f g Alexandra Gill What Al Gore sees in ZeD The Globe and Mail April 19 2005 pg R 3 a b c Sandra Sperounes ZeD sneaks onto CBC Mothercorp s PR engine sits idle counts onword of mouth to win fans hype amp hawk A look at market forces Edmonton Journal April 6 2002 pg D 9 a b c Tony Atherton ZeD awaits viewer input The Province Vancouver B C March 24 2002 pg B 18 Spotlight The Vancouver Sun January 4 2002 pg C 6 a b CBC quietly launches new late night show Cape Breton Post March 20 2002 pg B 11 a b Dana Gee ZeD on CBC a place for new ideas The Province Vancouver B C October 29 2004 pg B 9 a b Alexandra Gill ZeD aims for the sweet spot The Globe and Mail December 2 2002 pg R 1 Oscar hopeful Strange Invaders aired on television Daily News Truro Nova Scotia March 16 2002 pg C 3 ON DISC Does a booty good Eye Weekly December 18 2003 ZeD Live Off The Floor CBC Shop Online Archived from the original on September 29 2007 Retrieved March 13 2007 a b Alex Strachan Frightful Halloween behaviour The Gazette Montreal Quebec October 31 2004 pg B 4 a b Sandra Sperounes Indie artists have a new home in ZeD Edmonton Journal March 22 2002 pg E 4 Smart Ask launches season on CBC Radio New TV quizmasters added Journal Pioneer Summerside P E I September 23 2002 pg 13 Zed plans ad free all nighter The Ottawa Citizen March 5 2004 pg D 9 CBC cancels Zed TV Canadian Broadcasting Corporation May 7 2006 Archived from the original on February 22 2007 Retrieved May 8 2006 Guy Dixon CBC to cut cutting edge late night ZeD TV The Globe and Mail May 6 2006 pg R 6 Best Cross Platform Project 21st Annual Gemini Awards website URL accessed May 10 2007 Great watchable north The 20th Gemini Awards gala honours the best in Canadian TV National Post November 19 2005 pg TO 42 F Alex Strachan Audacious energetic and offbeat That s ZeD on CBC The Vancouver Sun October 23 2002 pg B 6 FRO ZeD debuts CBC ca archives April 20 2002 Retrieved March 15 2007 Peter Goddard CBC s hip show loses sight of purpose The hottest art gallery screens on weeknights ZeD an outlet for emerging talent CBC show loses sight of purpose Toronto Star December 14 2002 pg J 15 External links Edit ZeD website archived CBC Archived from the original on July 9 2006 ZeD on the Internet Movie Database ZeD s source code ZeD videos on YouTube Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title ZeD amp oldid 1028074420, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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