Etan Vlessing

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TheScore posts Q2 loss but sees revenue up sharply

The loss takes into account a $1.7 million one-time charge for the company’s Q2, alongside advertising revenue up 78% year-over-year.

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Samantha Bee, Jonathan Torrens do play-by-play for YTV comedy

Jacob Tierney directs Game On, where two sports announcers give a running commentary on a teen’s life.

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Discovery Canada orders first original scripted series

Frontier, an adventure drama about the North American fur trade, is set to start production in Newfoundland this summer.

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MIPTV: Contenu QMi, Kabo Family ink co-development deal

The partners will use Kabo’s Pick’n Mix comedy format formula as their development template, comprising of individual comedy sketches tailored to a broadcaster’s schedule.

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Shaw Communications Q2 earnings fall on restructuring costs

The slide in earnings came despite higher overall revenues.

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Canadian cord-cutting gathers pace: report

A Convergence Consulting Group report says 2014 saw an estimated 95,000 Canadians abandon their traditional TV subscriptions, up from 13,000 subscribers in 2013.

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CMPA seeks to appeal CRTC terms of trade decision

The Federal Court of Appeal application states the CRTC failed to provide producers with “notice or the opportunity to make proper submissions” before its Let’s Talk TV hearings and decisions.

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White Pine, STV Productions partner on Wire Men limited series

Peter Raymont’s Canada-U.K. coproduction is being shopped in Cannes by U.K. coproducer and distributor Power. (Raymont pictured.)

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Remstar, Copperheart strike TV drama pact with Germany’s Palatin

The collaboration will co-develop and produce TV series, starting with the horror drama Incarnate.

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Producers push for extension of Nova Scotia tax credit

Nova Scotia film and TV producers are now in the bargaining phase to salvage what they can from a key production incentive, including an extension through the end of 2015.

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Morgan Elliott’s Reunion of Giants to be shopped at MIPTV

Fremantle Corp. picked up the world rights to the history-in-the-making film about two Lancaster bombers reunited 50 years after flying side by side into war.

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Nova Scotia rejigs film tax credit

The production incentive will now be only 25% fully refundable, with the remaining 75% of the eligible tax credit to be non-refundable.