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Staying on brand with TV digital companions – Part 3


“It was truly a difficult deliberation. And it came down to what felt on-brand at the end,” SundanceTV exec Drew Pisarra told Merging Media 5 Digital Extensions Story Lab competitors.

Project Latte grabs Seinfeld Canadian SVOD Rights


All 180 episodes of the cult sitcom will be available for binge-viewing after the Bell Media streamer launches by the end of the year.

XYZ Films takes NA sales rights to Jamie Dagg’s River


The indie thriller from RedLab Digital and Know Rules Media is set to shoot in Laos and Thailand in January 2015.

CBC/Radio-Canada: dumbing down or shaping up for the digital age?


The pubcaster’s chaotic town hall on Wednesday debated the pluses and minuses of Vice Media and its mobile-first strategy as the embattled network makes a digital turn.

Shomi unveils content licensing deal with Walt Disney, Disney/ABC


The film and TV catalogue deal is the latest sign that the market for SVOD rights in Canada for Hollywood fare has tightened.

Whistler dips toes in day-and-date VOD waters with After Film School


Joel Ashton McCarthy’s mockumentary will be available for streaming on for $9.95 a pop after its Dec. 5 world premiere

Timothy Yeung’s 90 Days wins best Canadian film award at Reel Asian


The pan-Asian film festival jury gave an honourable mention to Leftover, by Canadian director Daniel Yong. (90 Days pictured)

When transmedia crosses over to audience engagement – Part 2


In part two of our series on Merging Media 5′s Digital Extensions Story Lab, participants looking to win over TV fans of The Red Room learn there’s no easy on-ramp to digital glory.

Is 2014 the year Canadian movie viewing habits changed forever?


Although Canadians are still watching films mainly on live TV broadcasts, new Telefilm Canada research shows PVRs, VOD, Netflix and streaming sites gaining ground.

Pre-tax earnings up at Entertainment One


Interim results showed higher earnings, underpinned by the Peppa Pig franchise, despite a fall in overall revenues.

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