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Starz’ The Girlfriend Experience TV series to shoot in Toronto


The 13-parter, based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 movie, is executive produced by Command Post founder Philip Fleishman. (Soderbergh pictured.)

Lionsgate in talks with China’s Hunan TV on $1.5B filmmaking pact


Sources close to the negotiations indicate the Vancouver-based indie studio and a possible Chinese partner are in “advanced discussions.” (Lionsgate’s Hunger Games pictured).

Patrick Roy to oversee eOne Films Canada as Bryan Gliserman exits


Roy (pictured), who oversees the Quebec film operations, will extend his duties to all of Canada as Gliserman secures a first-look deal for future film projects.

CRTC shuts down Super Bowl simsub starting in 2017


The regulator in its latest rulings following the Let’s Talk TV hearing also mandated continued availability of OTA signals, despite calls by broadcasters to shut down transmitters. (Updated)

Rogers Comm. Q4 earnings drop, despite higher overall revenues


Gains in revenue from the NHL licensing deal and Sportsnet properties offset continuing softness in print and TV advertising.

CTV pulls Spun Out from post-Super Bowl slot after actor arrest


Prior to the arrest of Spun Out actor Jean Paul Manoux, the broadcaster had scheduled a “sneak peek” episode in the post-Bowl slot.

Darrin Rose to host Canadian Screen Awards’ industry galas


The Match Game host and comic will emcee two nights of prize-giving ahead of the big show on March 1 on the CBC.

How ‘Clara’s Big Ride’ anchors Bell’s Let’s Talk initative


Filmmaker Larry Weinstein recounts being moved to tears while making his doc about Clara Hughes’ bike ride to raise awareness about depression and other mental health issues.

Trish Williams leaving Bell Media to executive produce Saving Hope


With Williams’ departure, Tom Hastings becomes Bell Media’s new director of independent production (Williams pictured).

Telefilm names Roxane Girard as interim business affairs director


The Canada Media Fund exec fills in as Dave Forget joins the executive team at the Directors Guild of Canada (Girard pictured).

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