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Quebec boosts local film and TV tax credit

The government increased the credit for local productions and locally based coproductions from 28% to 32%.

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Big Bad Boo gets TVO deal for new preschool series

The Vancouver-based producer has inked a deal with TVO to develop a new animated preschool series.

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Smartphone penetration reaches 68% in Canada

“We haven’t quite reached ubiquity, but we’re pretty close,” says Jeff Lancaster, CEO of study co-author Catalyst.

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Youth Media Alliance honours Andra Sheffer, Mike Geiger

Andra Sheffer (pictured) is picking up the Outstanding Achievement Award and Mike Geiger the Emerging Talent Award.

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Peace Point inks raft of int’l sales

Peace Point Rights has revealed its latest round of sales for its series, including Food Truck Face Off, Bake with Anna Olson and two animal-focused factual series.

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Discovery preps Blood, Sweat and Tools

The original format from Proper Television will bow on the Bell Media specialty on April 13.

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More than 140 jobs cut in CBC English local news

These latest cuts are part of a broader plan to reduce local news costs by $15 million, including cutting 90-minute shows to 30- or 60-minute formats in major markets.

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Shaw Media orders fourth season of Vikings for History

The Canada-Ireland coproduction returns to both Canadian and US History channels following a successful third season to date.

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CRTC proposes new customer code for BDUs

The final decision from Let’s Talk TV is a draft code that would require TV services to provide customers with easy-to-understand agreements, among other stipulations.

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B.C. film and TV production booming, says Creative B.C.

For the year to March 1, 2015, the provincial agency issued 261 tax credits for an estimated $1.84 billion in provincial production expenditures.

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BCON wrap: seven lessons on branded content

From Playback sister pub strategy, seven takeaways for brands looking to build branded content programs (and the producers who can help them) from Wednesday’s BCON Expo.

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Shaw unveils blueprints for The House that HGTV Built

A first look at a new format that will see a U.S. HGTV daytime special transformed into an original event-style prime time series.

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Latest Telefilm Canada New Voices winners named

Carly Stone and Dennis Allen are among the latest recipients of the award.

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A71 takes Canadian rights to the Cocksure Lads Movie

The acquisition came as Murray Foster’s musical comedy opened the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto. (Foster pictured.)

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CBC reveals new Dragons

Following the latest addition of Joe Mimran, the pubcaster’s flagship factual entertainment series completes its talent makeover with two new additions. (Manjit Minhas pictured.)