BBTV Founder & CEO Sharzad Rafati


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Being at the forefront of the media and tech world

Monday, October 17th 2022

Shahrzad Rafati, Chairperson and CEO, BBTV joined entrepreneur and Canadian personality Manjit Minhas for insightful conversations about how she got to be where she is today, and how BBTV has stayed competitive and relevant in a fast-paced industry.

Prime Time

Monday, August 22nd 2022

Martin Cass, CMO, BBTV Holdings Inc speaks with MediaPost about BBTV and Connected Television (CTV)

Canadian Tech Companies Expand Support for US Employees in Wake of Roe v. Wade

Thursday, June 30th 2022

On the west coast, BBTV announced this morning that it will cover abortion travel costs for its US employees.

Shahrzad Rafati Interview

Monday, June 27th 2022

True Success Is in How We Can Impact the World Through Our Business, and Business Is a Platform for Positive Change

The 2022 Women of the Year Awards: Entrepreneurial Leader – Winner

Tuesday, May 31st 2022

Shahrzad Rafati launched media technology company BBTV in 2005, expanding its offerings from digital rights management to include services for creators, direct advertising, mobile games and e-commerce.

Former MDC Media and Assembly CEO Martin Cass Becomes Chief Marketing Officer of BBTV

Friday, February 4th 2022

Canadian media tech firm, which says it reaches more than half of Google's video viewers, wants more advertisers, brand deals and metaverse presence.

Technology Impact Awards 2021

Friday, November 19th 2021

BBTV has been named the winner of for the Game Changer - Diversity & Inclusion Award at the BC Tech Association’s 2021 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).

10 Canadian Women CEOs to Admire as We Enter the Post-Girlboss Era

Tuesday, November 9th 2021

Shahrzad Rafati, CEO of BroadbandTV Corp.

Inspiring Female Entreprenuers

Friday, October 1st 2021

Boss women are leaving their mark on the world in amazing ways and seriously changing the game. Female entrepreneurship is incredibly important for our future and for closing the gender gap.

YouTube, BBTV, and The Media Companies Shifting the Balance of Power

Thursday, August 19th 2021

YouTube recently made headlines after announcing record-breaking earnings of $7 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

BBTV CEO Shahrzad Rafati On Why Ethical Business Decisions Are Good Business Decisions

Thursday, July 8th 2021

In an Elevate roundtable conversation with Margaret Stuart, the Canada Country Manager at Salesforce, Rafati explained her view that operating ethically is a smart financial decision, and shared how other founders can create broader impact through business.

BC Tech Unveils Finalists For 2021 Technology Impact Awards

Thursday, June 17th 2021

The theme of the BC’s largest and longest-running tech awards program is the inspiration that comes from resilience and community pulling together.

Three Important Measurement Actions to Accelerate Female Advancement Around the World

Wednesday, June 9th 2021

The G20 EMPOWER Alliance, which brings together private sector leaders and government counterparts to jointly advocate for and enact women’s advancement to leadership positions in the private sector, is working to ensure women having equal access to necessary financing, capital, skills...

The Canadian IPO’s woman problem: Men named David have better odds than women at taking companies public on the TSX

Friday, April 9th 2021

Late last October, Shahrzad Rafati’s company, Vancouver-based BBTV Holdings, completed a $172.4-million initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Female B.C. CEO helps lead a global push to advance women in business

Thursday, April 1st 2021

BBTV founder Shahrzad Rafati co-chairs G20 EMPOWER, which just released a playbook for companies aiming to develop more female leaders.

Female B.C. CEO helps lead a global push to advance women in business

Thursday, April 1st 2021

BBTV founder Shahrzad Rafati co-chairs G20 EMPOWER, which just released a playbook for companies aiming to develop more female leaders.

Quicktake “Take the Lead”

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021

Quicktake sat down with BBTV Chairperson & CEO, Shahrzad Rafati to discuss the business of Influencers.

Interview begins at 51:54.

BBTV Signs Editor/Vlogger Brandon Baum, Children’s Network ‘HeyKids’, More

Tuesday, March 9th 2021

BBTV has announced several channel signings today that it says will add 272 million monthly views to its massive channel roster, which it assists with both viewership and monetization growth.

Meet the 2021 Marketing News Canada Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, March 5th 2021

The individuals on the final list have played a meaningful role in making Canadian contributions not only stand out but stand up in times of crisis.

BIV CEO Awards

Wednesday, February 24th 2021

BIV honours six recipients of our annual CEO of the Year awards in a virtual event sponsored by Deloitte and FASKEN.

Capital markets vet Blake Corbet joins BBTV Blake Corbet

Wednesday, February 24th 2021

BBTV announced the appointment on Wednesday, saying the company expects to be heavy on the M&A front over the next while and will benefit from Corbet’s strategic guidance.

Sue Paish, Shahrzad Rafati and Tamara Vrooman unveil their hopes for B.C.’s regional development agency

Friday, January 22nd 2021

The business leaders talked with Mélanie Joly at a Board of Trade event.

BBTV Launches New Service Offerings to Instagram and TikTok Influencers

Monday, January 11th 2021

YouTube monetization pioneer BBTV has announced the launch of new offerings at scale to influencers across all genres of content on Instagram and TikTok.

TMX Group, BBTV, C-Suite at The Open

Monday, November 16th 2020

Shahrzad Rafati, CEO, BBTV Holdings Inc. (TSX: BBTV), shares her company's story in an interview with TMX Group.

BBTV Signs New Contracts with Major Content Partners

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Vancouver’s BBTV has announced the signing of four new YouTube content partners.

TheOdd1sOut: Let's Bounce is a casual game for mobile that sees players bouncing through YouTuber James Rallison's life

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

TheOdd1sOut: Let's Bounce is a casual game from BBTV that's available now for both iOS and Android.

'I hope we're making history': A long journey to $172-million IPO for BBTV's Shahrzad Rafati

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Rafati has taken a tech company public in largest IPO in TSX history for a firm run by a female founder and chief executive.

BroadbandTV CEO hopes she's 'breaking new ground for girls' as company goes public

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Shahrzad Rafati, CEO of Canadian media tech firm BroadbandTV, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss her company's IPO strategy.

The Iranian immigrant who conquered online video tech

Monday, August 24th, 2020

The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Shahrzad Rafati, founder and boss of internet video technology firm BroadbandTV (BBTV).

BroadbandTV Signs Competitive Eater Matt Stonie, Jesse Wellens, Others

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Digital network BroadbandTV (BBTV) has added eight YouTubers to its massive creator roster.

How kidcos are helping families

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Vancouver, Canada-based BroadbandTV, a platform for IP owners focused on the distribution, management and monetization of content, has launched an online initiative called #FunIndoors that supports humanitarian medical organization Doctors Without Borders.

6 more B.C. businesses doing good during COVID-19

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Vancouver-based media tech company BBTV has launched the #FunIndoors movement in support of Doctors Without Borders, which is setting up temporary hospitals and giving technical support to treat and slow the spread of COVID-19 worldwide.

BBTV Pacts With Latin American YouTube Phenom Mariale On Mobile Puzzle Game

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

BBTV Interactive, the division of Canadian digital media giant BroadbandTV that’s dedicated to building mobile games around several of its top creators, has announced its latest title in partnership with Latin American lifestyle star Mariale Marrero.

Lottie Dottie Chicken flies to India

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Brazil’s Bromelia Productions is partnering with YoBoHo Digital Content to localize its animated YouTube series Lottie Dottie Chicken into the Hindi language.

Digital Giant BroadbandTV Reorganizes Music Services Under ‘Opposition’ Division

Friday, December 6th, 2019

BroadbandTV (BBTV), the massive, Vancouver-based digital network, is reorganizing its offerings in the music space.

BBTV Signs Five, Including Purposeful Prankster ThatWasEpic, Rapper-Skater Roy Purdy

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

BroadbandTV (BBTV), the Vancouver-based multi-platform network that provides content creation, distribution, management, and monetization services to digital influencers, has added five new creators to its arsenal across multiple verticals — including sports, comedy, gaming, and lifestyle.

How Canadian media-tech giant BroadbandTV is giving content owners a boost

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Shahrzad Rafati, CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV), joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss how her business manages and monetizes content, ultimately giving content owners a boost.

Bhad Bhabie launches new mobile game ‘Ride or Die!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Fans of Danielle Bregoli, aka rapper Bhad Bhabie, can now play as a virtual version of her. The teenager from Boynton Beach is featured in a new mobile game called “Ride or Die!” that is available for download on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Bhad Bhabie Pacts With BBTV Interactive On Mobile Car Game ‘Ride Or Die!’

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

BBTV Interactive, the gaming division of Vancouver-based BroadbandTV, is partnering with social media musician Bhad Bhabie — whose real name is Danielle Bregoli — on a new mobile game.

Bhad Bhabie Joyriding Game ‘Ride or Die!’ Geared Around Stealing Cars, Outrunning Cops

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Teen rapper Bhad Bhabie is hitting the streets in a new mobile game — in which the object is to steal as many cars as possible. The “Ride or Die!” arcade-style racing game comes from BBTV Interactive, a division of media-tech company BroadbandTV.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams to Make Shows for Snapchat (Exclusive)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Snapchat is expanding its shows format, striking deals with a handful of digital-first and traditional media creators to help them launch projects that take advantage of the app's shortform vertical video format.

Snapchat Launches ‘Creator Shows’ From Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Hart, Serena Williams and Others — With Ad-Revenue Sharing Deals

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Snap is opening up Snapchat to let celebrities and influencers to create their own shows — and make money from the content — in the same short-form, vertical-video orientation as Snap’s slate of 80-plus originals.

BBTV Founder Shahrzad Rafati Named Vice Chair Of Canadian Federal Investment Agency

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Shahrzad Rafati, the founder and CEO of Canadian multi-platform network BroadbandTV (BBTV), has taken on another governmental role. Rafati has been named vice chair of Invest In Canada.

Creativity Award 2019 Visionary/Founder of the Year: Shahrzad Rafati, BroadbandTV

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Growing up in a war-torn country with limited access to content helped inspire Tehran-born computer scientist Shahrzad Rafati to build Canadian digital entertainment company BroadbandTV.

NBA launches YouTube channel focusing on basketball culture

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has launched a new YouTube channel featuring players and fans in partnership with Canadian over-the-top (OTT) streaming service Broadband TV (BBTV).

Behind-the-Scenes NBA Content Is Coming to New YouTube Channel

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

The NBA and digital entertainment company BroadbandTV, or BBTV, are launching a new YouTube channel today that takes viewers behind the scenes to meet their favorite NBA players and influencers. The channel is called NBA Playmakers and will feature original shows.

BBTV To Help Digital Musicians Secure Distribution On Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, More

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

BroadbandTV (BBTV), the Vancouver-based digital network mammoth, has unveiled a suite of new services to help emerging musicians find wider distribution opportunities.

BroadbandTV Launches Distribution and Label Services for Musicians

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

BroadbandTV (BBTV) knows all about digital entertainment, and now they’re expanding their presence to focus on another art form: music. The Vancouver-based BBTV has unveiled their Distribution & Label Services, a new offering for both new and established musicians.

Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018: Technology

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Shahrzad Rafati has long been taking big risks to chase her even bigger ambitions.

BroadbandTV Announces New Partnership with PBS

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

One of the largest digital entertainment companies in the world is partnering with a world-renowned broadcaster to help spread both the organizations’ content to more users.

PBS Taps BroadbandTV to Manage User-Uploaded YouTube Videos

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

PBS, looking to get a better handle on fan-uploaded YouTube videos that incorporate its intellectual property, has turned to digital media company BroadbandTV to manage user-generated content.

AzzyLand, Bart Baker, Chad Wild Clay and more star in Squad Rivals mobile game

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Digital entertainment company BroadbandTV's new games development arm has pulled in a string of internet stars for its latest mobile game Squad Rivals.

BBTV Launches VISO to Bring Content Creators Together

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

One of the world’s largest video platforms is launching a brand new tool aimed at making the lives of content creators much easier.

BroadbandTV Unveils ‘VISO’ Platform To Help Creators Collaborate, Optimize Uploads, More

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Digital network BroadbandTV is launching today a platform for creators called VISO — which translates to ‘I see’ in Latin — that will provide growth tools for its illustrious client roster.

STEM POWER: Shahrzad Rafati

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

When Shahrzad Rafati was seeking investors for digital entertainment company BroadbandTV Corp. (BBTV) more than a decade ago, being a woman didn’t help.

BroadbandTV launches new interactive division

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Vancouver’s BroadbandTV Corp. has broadened its impressive global reach. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 10, the digital entertainment company announced BBTV Interactive.

BroadbandTV Launches New Division To Develop Creator-Driven Mobile Games

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Digital network BroadbandTV (BBTV) launched this morning at CES a new division dubbed BBTV Interactive that will build original games and mobile apps for its illustrious digital stars.

BroadbandTV Launches Interactive Games and Apps Division

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

BroadbandTV, which operates a massive digital-video network, has formed BBTV Interactive, a new business division devoted to original games and mobile apps built around top digital talent.