YTV Gets Approval From CRTC For Two New Channels

But, Shouldn’t They Finish What They Started First?

Late last week, news broke that YTV had gotten approval from the CRTC for two new specialty channels, YTV Pow! and YTV OneWorld. YTV Pow! is all pow without the punch, focusing on non-violent action. The specialty channel will feature adventure shows, along with superheroes, and programs about various games associated with action series, along with current and past comic book trends. Game shows, amateur sports, and movies are also slated to make up 15% of the channel’s programming. Is anyone else here reminded of Space Channel or Sci-Fi Network reading that description? YTV OneWorld looks like a clone of the network as it stands now, aimed at children between the ages of 6-17 and their families. The network will include such genres as entertainment, humor, travel, games and science and technology, and will include a 15% cap on movies and on music/dance programs. Maybe these channels could do well in the specialty market, but we think Corus should finish work (or announce if they have given up) on channels they have already won approval for, including the anime channel. It’d be nice if that was done soon, since Canadians are already being deprived of anime. We’re refraining to use the word good in front of anime because there’s barely any anime on TV right now. We do have a small flicker of a light at the end of this very dark tunnel – earlier this week many news outlets reported that Death Note had made the move to another Corus Network – Scream!

A Very Old Terri Hawkes Interview

Hi Moonies! We found this old gem lurking on an internet archive and we think that in the interest of preserving these things before they are “gone for good” we’re going to post it here for your reading pleasure!

If my memory serves me right… they were either in an Eaton’s or a Bay in the toy section where a large pink and navy blue Sailor Moon display of toys had been set up. Then host of YTV’s the Zone, Paul Maguire conducted the interview.

Without further ado, straight from YTV’s archives from nearly ten years ago…

An Interview with Terri Hawkes
The Voice of Sailor Moon! (Episodes 12-82)

Paul: All right, there you go. Sailor Moon the display, Sailor Moon the doll, Sailor Moon the voice, Terri Hawkes – the voice of Sailor Moon.

Terri: Hi.

Paul: How are you?

Terri: I’m great. How are you Paul?

Paul: Good. Now, first question that is going to be out of my mouth is the first question I get asked in letters we get at YTV all the time…

Terri: What’s that?

Paul: What is going on with the new episodes?

Terri: New episodes or Sailor Moon? Well, as you know, there are a number of episodes in Japanese (versions) that we are hoping to be able to adapt to English speaking audiences. It’s in the works. The producers are working very hard on it, but nothing is definite, so we will let you know as soon as we know.

Paul: Is it a lot of fun for you? Is it something that you jump right back into?

Terri: Yeah, it’s great fun! I mean it’s such a great group of people… all the other Sailor Scouts are great to work with, and we have a lot of fun. And we’ve seen each other at various events – occasionally there are Anime conferences and appearances that we go to – and we really have fun spending time together. Working together is just a joy, we really enjoy it.

Paul: Now you talk about the Anime conferences and stuff like that – is this a part of culture that you weren’t exposed to before working on Sailor Moon?

Terri: Absolutely. It’s really… (laughs and holds up a Tuxedo Mask doll) … now here I am holding Tuxedo Mask – whenever I get an opportunity to get close to this guy! (laughs and hugs doll)… Yeah, the Anime conferences are really interesting because there’s a real broad spectrum of people that go these conferences. They’re mostly adults, so they’re people who have been following the history of animation, the development of animation, people who are much more familiar it seems with the Japanese version than we are and can tell us what happens in future episodes, so it’s really quite educational as well… people who are just really into the art of animation, studying, and some of them are involved in working in animation themselves. So it’s really an interesting experience, for sure. There’s a big group of people out there who are interested in this – I had no idea.

Paul: It’s a pretty advanced form of animation as well, it’s not just a regular cartoon, you know, Anime in general.

Terri: That’s true. That’s true. The technology kind of comes up with advancements in that area everyday so…

Paul: So does the magnitude of Sailor Moon kind of freak you out?

Terri:- Well, you know, when we started, we had no idea what a phenomenon it would become, we just really enjoyed the show, we really liked the characters, we really had fun doing it, and then when it started airing, as you know, people, especially Canadians, really keyed into this program. The response has been really warm, we really appreciate it because we think it’s a nice show for everyone, but for kids in general it offers some pretty good roll models for young people because we have girls who are super hero’s but usually it’s boys, you know? But in this case, the girls become empowered and they fight for rights and they fight the Negaverse, and not only are they super heroes, but they’re human as well, and they have human weaknesses. You know, Sailor Moon is klutzy and a little bit boy crazy and it’s all part of who she is. And what she learns is how to draw on that strength in herself and to really fight for what she believes in. And she and the Sailor Scouts really learn lessons in every story. I think that’s great and if people are having fun with it too, then, what could be better?

Paul: As an actor, is voice work a lot different? Do you need a different energy for voice work? Sitting in a studio talking into a microphone… obviously it’s very different from acting on a stage or acting in film or in television. Is it a totally different thing?

Terri: Well, everybody has a different technique. For me, when I’m working in a studio, it’s not just my voice, I’m in front of a microphone, and we have what’s called a rhythma-band, which teaches us how to synch up the words with the picture, because we’re dubbing form another language,… so we’re kind of watching this rhythma-band with the words, and the picture with all the characters, and we’re behind the microphone, I just kind of get into it, and when she does you know, MOON PRISM POWER (yelling), I’m there doing exactly what she does, because it affects your voice, but it gives you the energy that she does, because I really relate to her when I watch her on the screen, you know she’s (in a high Sailor Moon voice) “tripping over things”, “tripping over things because she’s late for school”…. (normal voice) kind of like this… because I want to get into her as much as possible… so if you sat in the studio and you watched me doing the voice you’d see me recreating everything Sailor Moon does, so it’s not just the vocal energy, it’s the whole physical energy that goes with it. And at the end of the day, I’m as bagged as she is because I had a rough day at school.

Paul: But you actually do have a huge background in studying as well.

Terri: In studying acting?

Paul: Yeah.

Terri: I do, yeah. I went to the University of Calgary. I have a minor in drama from the University of Calgary, then I started in acting in theatre, and I moved to Toronto and started acting in television, film, and radio drama, and then I moved to New York and I studied there some more, and worked in theatre a lot. Then I moved to Los Angeles, and I’ve been doing more film and television and then I went back to school. I went back to UCLA and got my masters in fine arts in play writing actually, and along the way I’ve taken lots of different acting courses and workshops, and whenever I’m not working, I like to keep learning, along the way, so as much as possible, I go to school – take classes. I think it’s important. Not just for actors, but kind of for any craft, ’cause there are always new things to learn and people that you can be learning new things from, and it all kind of works together to help you to become the best crafts person you can.

Paul: And it probably keeps you interested in doing what you do, as well.

Terri: Yeah.

Paul: It renews your interest every now and then.

Terri: That’s true. That’s a good way of looking at it.

Paul: Some actors, I think , you read interviews with some people and they just do it, they’re not into it, they show up and they just seem to be personalities, not actors. Then there are people who have the personality as well, but they have the training, like yourself. You discover that you’d like to direct. And that you get a little bit more involved in the production side of things as well. Is it all interesting?

Terri: Very much so. The directing interestingly enough, partly came out of Sailor Moon. I’ve been doing some theatre directing and some videos, and Sailor Moon. A company called Optimum Productions , who produces this (Sailor Moon) for DIC in LA gave me the opportunity to co-direct a little with the director for the show, so (they) showed confidence in me, and (they) were really generous in teaching me what (they) knew and all of a sudden I was directing a show and really loved it. So I’ve done some more voice directing since then, and I’m looking towards directing in the future, in perhaps television and film, that kind of thing. And yeah, it all kind of plays together. You’re learning about storytelling, really. If you start learning about it as an actor then you’ve read a lot of scripts, then when I went into writing, I was writing my own scripts, and then directing is interpreting those scripts, based on what the writer wants to tell, and so it’s all kind of inter related. Hopefully, all of those crafts make you better at what you do just by learning little bits about what every body else does, you know? It works together.

Paul: It seems to me to ask you what you do in your spare time would be a silly question because all your spare time is taken up with this stuff. You obviously would do it if you weren’t getting paid for it…

Terri: Yeah, and often I don’t get paid for it! (laughing) You know those occasions where we do workshops or productions for people who are in student programs or benefits or that kind of thing – you don’t always get paid for what you do – but if you love what you do and you think it’s for a good cause, it’s not that important. It is very nice to be able to pay the rent and put food on the table that’s important (laughs). But yeah, it keeps me very busy. I do have a personal life as well, so I have time for sports and reading, family, friends and loved ones… it keeps me busy, and challenged, and rewarded.

Paul: Is a day in the Sailor Moon Studio really tough on your voice?

Terri: It depends on how long the day is… I think probably the most shows I’ve done in a day is 4 shows (in a day) if we’re really pressed for time. That’s a little tough because Sailor Moon goes into a high range of my voice a lot and (in a high Serena voice) she screams a lot and she’s late for school a lot… (normally) so yeah, it gives me a good work out, for sure! That can be a long day.

Paul: The herbal tea and everything?

Terri: Herbal tea, and you know, well, I cheat a little because Sailor Moon eats a fair amount so I take in little goodies to the studio and I really eat (laughing) when I’m in front of the microphone, so I have her drinking and munching on apples and whatever she munches on. So that kind of soothes the throat too.

Paul: So you’ve done “Traders” here, some episodes of “Beverly Hills 90210″…

Terri: I have.

Paul: You’re in LA, in Toronto. Canada to the States. Do you find the transition pretty easy?

Terri: Yeah, I do. You know, I’ve wrapped up a few aero-mile points so that’s kind of nice! I love Canada – it’s my home. I’ve been working in the States for a number of years now, and I really like the opportunities that are available there. And I love working here. So it’s great to have the best of both worlds. I learn a lot from people in both places. They’re very different industries. Canada’s industry is growing all the time, which is really nice to see and it’s nice to be a part of that. Apparently we have the second largest television industry in the world right now, which is really amazing. I’ve seen a big progression in television in this country since I started, so it’s really nice to be able to go back and forth. I feel very fortunate.

Paul: The Sailor Moon gang… have you guys become good friends? Do you have a good time when you’re recording?

Terri: We do have a good time, and occasionally we see each other. We all have pretty busy lives. Everybody’s involved in a lot of different things so we don’t get together frequently, but when we do we really enjoy it. It’s a good group of people.

Paul: And if some of the fans out there wanted to know where they could see you in the near future?

Terri: The near future?

Paul: Or in the far future?

Terri later appeared
in the flesh in Cube Zero!
She played the doomed Jellico.

Terri: In the far future? Hmm, well, hopefully there will be more Sailor Moon episodes, so that will be fun. You can watch for “Traders” re-runs on another network, that shall remain nameless at this point (laughing). There’s another animated series that I’m involved in… I can’t tell you too much about now, but it’s an interesting story about a princess from Austria and I’ll tell you more about that another time (Moon Chase adds: This was a cartoon called Princess Sissi!) . (I have) a film coming out on video which is for adults called “Paper Trail”. It’s kind of a deep, dark story and it’s very different from Sailor Moon. And let’s see… I just directed a translation of a Quebec film from French into English called “Carmina” – originally directed by Gabrielle Peltier – and it’s a beautiful film. It’s really fun. It’s a fun story about vampires who move to Montreal, so you can catch that in your video stores. And that’s got my plate full at the moment. I’m writing, and I’ll keep you informed.

Paul: That sounds good. Some last advice we can end with for people out there who would love to follow in your footsteps?

Terri: Wow. You know, the things that really stands out well in this field? It’s a really tough field. If anybody wants to follow in my footsteps, my advice would be : don’t do it unless you absolutely have to – and you can’t do anything else. It’s a really tough business, but if you really want to do it, it’s wonderfully rewarding. But go to school first. Going to school, then university, for me, has given me a lot of options, and I’m able to do other things, and especially, at first, that’s really important. To be able to do other things. To earn a living and then, when you want to expand into different areas… An education is really important. So that’s what I’d say.

Paul: And continue to educate yourself.

Terri: Absolutely. In any way possible. Forever and ever.

Paul: That’s great. There you go. Can you believe it? Thank you very much.

Terri: A pleasure. Nice to meet you.

Paul: Nice to meet you.


Remember Back in 1995…

An Old Promotional Flyer from Sailor Moon’s Canadian Debut!

I came across this tonight while going through my files, and I thought that I should share this with you all. There’s going to be no formality to this post, as I’m just going to write my thoughts…

Many years ago, YTV used to hold contests during their New Years Meltdown cartoon blitzes held from December 31st to January 1st. Viewers, (if I remember correctly) would be entered in for a draw for big prizes and “mystery prizes” when they would send in a postcard to YTV (yes , there was a time before email)!. I was in grade six at the time and I had won one of the 30,000 Mystery Prizes, a door hanger (whoopee.), and a photocopied letter with Paul Maguire’s autograph (Yeah, they couldn’t even send us a real one…). I don’t know where either of those are now :S.

But, I guess they kept my address and I got sent a promotional pamphlet probably the June or July before Sailor Moon premiered in 1995. I saved it, like most kids do when they get “important” pieces of mail! This was probably just after the time I started to really get interested in the Canadian Media Industry. YTV had pulled Power Rangers off of the air (which was a favorite of “the cool crowd” back in the day) and all the news coverage of why and the workings of the CRTC interested me.
I’m glad I saved it, but I digress…

I had found it again while going through boxes in our basement about a year ago, and I scanned it thinking I could use it for something or other, and this is that something! Now, I didn’t scan the whole thing. I may scan it all later, but I am posting this much for now.

Click the image for full size – The Zone has been around for a very long time. This is the second set, and probably lasted the longest of the 4-5 that it has had since its inception in 1992. The host you see there is “Fresh” Phil Guererro – who now from what I read plays in a goth band and still acts. And there’s Snit in the background! That animatronic television with the teeth! Anyway, spot the glaring “Megaverse” error…

And this is a very large image. This is the schedule Sailor Moon had followed all through it’s initial run in 1995-96. I remember coming home from school and waiting for tired Alvin and the Chipmunks to finish up so I could watch Sailor Moon, and I didn’t get off the couch until Rugrats had ended. Aside from Hello Kitty and Keroppi , Sailor Moon was a huge pioneer for anime on this station back in 1995. And the rest, as they say, is history. YTV is now one of the premiere stations in Canada for eager anime fans.

Looking back on all this, it saddens me to see how in 12 years this series has been through so much turmoil not only here but all over the world. Many countries never got to see the last season, the movies, or the specials. It’s even sadder to think that while the series was “homegrown” in Canada that many provinces (including mine) never saw the dvds in any store. Short of ordering online, there was little recourse for us to own the series. It’s still up in the air if anywhere out of Japan will ever see it again. reported earlier that Toei will be releasing the first three seasons on something akin to iTunes soon, and for a relatively cheap price. Of course I’m happy to see the anime in Japan again, but there will always be a sadness, at least with me that the series isn’t here anymore.

Stephanie Beard Leaves the Zone for Hollywood!

Stephanie Beard (Rini #2) made the announcement that she was leaving the Zone to further her career in Hollywood on January the 19th, a day after Corus Entertainment (YTV’s parent company) released the news on their corporate website . Fans from all over expressed their well wishes (and their tears) all over her official forums, her myspace and YTV’s site . During the week of January 22-26th , The Zone aired a special lineup of Sugar’s shows, along with special guests such as author Robert Munsch and the Toronto Zoo to bid farewell to her after spending an astounding six years with YTV!

Some kind user had posted a video of all the segments on her last day on youtube but has since removed the video.

In the meantime though, for all you fans who need your Sugar Fix, we suggest these favorite Sugar moments! Watch them all as many times as you feel the need!

1.) Sailor Moon S and SuperS:

Okay, maybe we’re just a little biased, but how could we not put this in the top spot? One episode a day should give you your daily dose of Sugar! And hey, this series marked Stephanie Beard’s debut in the entertainment industry (after a stint on Toronto’s Kiss92 FM)! We also recommend cuddling up to a Rini plushie if you have one to ease the pain! If you don’t already own or have some way of renting the DVDs, we’re pretty sure given the advent of the internet age, that most if not all episodes are floating around on YouTube.

2.) Live Action Stephanie!

Stephanie Beard has appeared on a few TV shows, such as CBC’s now cancelled “This is Wonderland” as a Store Clerk, and former UPN legal drama “Kevin Hill” as Santa’s Elf, helping him arrange families for pictures (seen here), and her quirky nature put dating couple Kevin Hill (Taye Diggs) and Evelyn Cruz (Lisa Marcos) in a very, very awkward position. We’ve uploaded her big scene for all of you to watch!

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You can also check out her groundbreaking appearance as the first woman ever on the Red Green Show !

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3.) The Next Generation of Care Bears!

Stephanie Beard stars as Wish Bear in both the new computer animated Care Bear flicks, Journey to Joke-a-Lot and Big Wish Movie! We’ve seen both of them and though they are aimed at the younger set, they can probably be enjoyed by all ages. Stephanie also sings in Big Wish Movie, and for anyone who has never heard anything past her attempt at rap or her songs with YTV’s Nuclear Donkey, we think you should give this a watch!

4.) Her other cartoons!

Who could forget about her other cartoon roles? She’s also played Ming on Beyblades, Kara on Di-Gata Defenders, Coco on Pecola, Louisa in The Santa Clause Brothers, and various other roles in Franklin, Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, Totally Spies, Cyberchase, and Odd Job Jack.

And if that’s STILL not enough, YTV still has a few treasured Sugar Moments all over their site , however be warned: their media player does not work in some versions of Mozilla Firefox. We found it works best in Internet Explorer 6 and higher.

We wish Stephanie Beard the best of luck with her career in Hollywood and we here at Moon Chase! will be keeping our eyes (and ears!) peeled looking out for you!