Why you should be watching OUT TV
I had an opportunity to sit down with Brad Danks, Chief Operating Officer at OUT TV Canada, recently. For those of you that don’t know, OUT TV is the oldest LGBT branded TV network on the planet. That’s right, gay TV started right here in Canada. Pridevision became OUT TV officially in 2005. Later in 2006, OUT TV came under the majority interest of Vancouver's own Shavick Entertainment, bringing us the lifestyle channel we have today with 24/7/365 programming aimed at the LGBT community.
In addition to shows like "Ru Paul’s Drag Race" and the long running travel show "Bump!," OUT TV produces some of its own content including the incredibly popular, "Don’t Quit Your Gay Job." Insider sources tell me that DQYGJ has just begun shooting a second season right here in Vancouver, with their first episode involving the Vancouver Police Department. I can already tell it’s going to be a hot one!
Surviving as a network in the highly competitive digital television world isn’t easy, and Danks has had to go to battle with the cable providers several times to ensure that OUT TV has a home and is available to whoever wants to subscribe, no matter where they happened to be living. In fact, he told me that, per capita, one of their largest subscriber bases is in the Yukon.
And it’s not just the gay boys and girls who are watching. The ever widening fan base has begun to include a ton of straight girls who like feel good movies and reality shows with hot male models running around in their skivvies. I mean, who wouldn’t?
OUT TV Canada, with offices in both Toronto and here in Vancouver, has recently really started pushing the boundaries with their social network strategies and a brand new blog. A lot of their original content is available online and on iTunes and, if you have an iPhone, I highly recommend downloading the OUT TV App.
If you like what you see, tell your friends. If you want to see more, let OUT TV know. Brad's a smart cookie and wants to see the network grow, so he is smart to be involved in the community the network serves. Don’t be surprised to see OUT TV as a sponsor at most LGBT film festivals nationwide, as well as out shooting your local Pride parades and festivities. They are a local success story and provide a voice that we deserve.
Here’s to many more decades of OUT TV!