Moses Znaimer

July 20, 2011

Moses Znaimer is an internationally renowned Canadian broadcaster and media pioneer, founder of some 20 popular Canadian television channels and stations, including Citytv and MuchMusic. In 2008, Marketing Magazine named Moses one of the Top 10 Canadian Media Moguls Of The Past 100 Years. Currently, he is the Founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited, a multi-media company uniquely devoted to serving the interests and needs of Canada’s 45plus. Moses is also the President of CARP, Canada’s largest Advocacy Association for Canadians As We Age.

In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, long before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or MySpace became worldwide phenomena, Moses anticipated the popularity of user-generated content. His groundbreaking concepts such as Speaker’s Corner (a video equivalent of print’s Letters To the Editor), Videography (first-person, hand-held TV reporting), Televised Diversity (ethnic diversity among on air personalities), and the Streetfront/Studioless Television Operating System ran, were at the core of the over 20 popular and independent Stations and Channels he co-founded and executive produced, including Citytv, CityPulse24, Bravo!, SPACE: The Imagination Station, FashionTelevision, Star!, Book Television, SexTelevision, ACCESS: The Education Station, and Canadian Learning Television, not to mention MuchMusic and MusiquePlus, which served to define a generation of Canadian youth in both official languages. To permanently commemorate his visionary contribution to Toronto’s urban landscape, the City of Toronto designated the famous downtown stretch in front of the former Citytv building at 299 Queen Street West – MOSES ZNAIMER WAY.

In 2008, Moses emerged as a champion for the Baby Boomer generation. Announcing A New Vision Of Aging for the 14.5 million Canadians 45plus or as he called them, “Zoomers” (“Boomers With Zip!”), Moses became the President of CARP, Canada’s largest non-profit, non-partisan advocacy association for Canadians As We Age, with a nationwide network of 43 chapters and ±350,000 members. Moses also Founded ZoomerMedia Limited (TSXV: ZUM), a diversified media company comprised of national and local television channels and stations, regional radio stations, a national magazine, websites, conferences and trade shows devoted to serving the interests and needs of the 45plus.

ZoomerMedia Limited publishes the flagship ZOOMER Magazine, the largest paid circulation magazine in Canada for the 45plus with content aimed at Boomers in the areas of health, finance, travel, sex, longevity, fashion, beauty, style, and life in general. ZoomerMedia also owns and operates VisionTV, Canada’s only English language cable and satellite specialty channel that airs multi-faith, multicultural and iconic family entertainment, now available in 10 million homes; the diginet The Brand New ONE: Body Mind Spirit Love offering the freshest shows on yoga and meditation, fitness, sex and relationships, natural health and nutrition, and alternative medicine, now available in over 1 million homes; plus two over-the-air (OTA) television stations JoyTV10 (Vancouver) and JoyTV11 (Winnipeg).

ZoomerMedia’s radio properties include The New Classical 96.3 FM & 103.1 FM, English Canada’s only commercial all-classical radio stations, and The New AM740 – Zoomer Radio, playing “The Best of the Best” of adult standards and original Rock ‘n Roll and the last music service on the AM dial in the Greater Toronto Area. Online properties include www.50plus.com – Canada’s leading provider of Zoomer-related content; www.CARP.ca – the online voice of CARP; www.ZOOMERS.ca – the social networking site for adults; and www.ZoomerSingles.com - Mating, Dating & Relating for the 45plus. In 2008, ZoomerMedia launched the ZoomerShow in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada’s first large scale consumer trade show and lifestyle expo for Zoomers and those who love and/or are responsible for them.

Since 2000, Moses has presented and hosted Toronto’s prestigious three-day ideaCity Conference featuring 50 presenters, each of whom has 17 minutes to speak on a wide range of subjects. In 2008, he introduced the CARPConference, now renamed ZoomerLife Conference, a mini-ideaCity featuring talks on aging, longevity and life extension.

ZoomerMedia also operates MZTV P&D, a boutique independent television production and distribution company.

In 1992, Moses started the MZTV Museum of Television & Archive housing the world’s largest private collection of rare vintage television sets and associated popular culture in the world, some 10,000 objects in all. His sets have appeared at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa/Hull, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, and at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, Quebec to which he donated the bulk of his collection in 2008. Selections of his sets are on permanent display in both Montreal and Toronto.

Moses was born during World War II in Kulab, Tajikistan to East European parents of Jewish descent fleeing Nazi persecution. In 1948, he arrived in Montreal, a post-WWII “DP” (Displaced Person). Following an Honours BA in Philosophy and Politics at McGill, he completed an MA in Government at Harvard University. Moses’ broadcasting career began at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in the 1960s, where he co-created the world’s first live national, open-line radio show, Cross Country Check-Up (still on the air today); and then went on to network television with 20 Million Questions, Take 30 and The Way It is.

Moses holds honourary doctorates from York University, University of Windsor, and Athabasca University. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), Order of Ontario (2005) and the Republic of France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005).

Moses’ multiple broadcasting honours include the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ CAB Gold Ribbon (1998) – Canadian private broadcasting’s highest award to an individual; Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee (2004); the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement (2005); Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Inductee (2007); and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2008 Juno Awards for his “invaluable contribution to the advancement of the Canadian Music Industry”.

For his pioneering promotion of tolerance and multi-culturalism in media, Moses has received The Urban Alliance on Race Relations Diversity Award, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award; and the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award for his “extraordinary contribution to the public realm over many years and in more than one field, thereby gaining reputation and acclaim for his vision, passion, and impact”.

For additional information, please contact: Leanne Wright, VP Communications 416.367.5353 X 200 or leanne@mzmedia.com

 

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