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Quebecor urges CRTC to deny Bell Media’s V acquisition

The company argued the transaction would consolidate Bell’s position in the Quebec marketplace, citing concerns about advertising and the cost of content.

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Blue Ant orders hour-long docuseries Restaurants on the Edge

The unscripted format from marblemedia and OutEast Entertainment will debut on Cottage Life in January.

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Baroness Von Sketch wins best comedy at Rose d’Or awards

The Frantic Films-produced sketch comedy fended off stiff international competition to claim the coveted prize.

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Hollywood Suite reveals first-ever original series

A Year in Film is part of an ongoing strategy to build original content around its rotating library of more than 1,200 feature film titles.

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Doug Murphy calls for urgency, parity, flexibility in acts review

The Corus head argued that Canadian broadcasters need additional flexibility to grow international revenue streams as ad and subscription revenues decline.

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Anne with an E cancellation sparks social media backlash

In the 24 hours since news broke, #renewannewithane has been tweeted more than a million times.

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CBC sets its winter 2020 table

The pubcaster also unveiled premiere dates for the newly announced Gem originals Hey Lady! and Good People.

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Bell Fund backs 45 TV, digital projects

New titles from Scott Brothers Entertainment, Insight Productions and Zone3 are among the TV series sharing $5.5 million.

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Corus responds to critics of CPE flexibility request

“Fundamentally, Corus seeks additional timing flexibility, nothing more. No spending reductions will result. No risk will be passed on. No agenda is at work,” said the media company.

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WIDC welcomes 8 Story & Leadership participants

This year’s cohort sees Nimisha Mukerji develop drama series Reign of Durga, while Kim Albright works on her debut feature With Love and a Major Organ.

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Game Theory Films embraces the niche in its distribution strategy

The boutique distributor has announced its latest film acquisitions, including first-ever foreign titles, as it experiments with hyper-focused promotion strategies to reach new markets.

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Short-form digital comedy Avocado Toast set for OUTtvGo

The project, backed by the IPF and Bell Fund, has also inked a raft of international deals with platforms including Highball.TV and Tello Films.