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Shaw to close three community TV stations, 70 jobs affected

A new funding model will see Shaw reallocate $10 million annually to Global News to support local news coverage in Western Canada.

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New OTT product coming from BCE

The new offering was announced on Bell’s Q1 call, where the company also revealed the financial impact of the simsub rule changes.

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Radical Sheep adds development and production exec

Shaleen Sangha joins the kids and family division of Boat Rocker Studios from DHX Media.

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Netflix beefs up int’l focus as subscriber growth falls short

The global SVOD is still expected to hit 100 million subs by the end of the week.

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Quebecor Media sees revenues decline slightly in Q4

The company’s overall revenues increased 3.2%, driven by growth in the telecom business.

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Playback’s 2017 Hall of Fame: Ann Medina

The broadcast journalist turned Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television chair worked to raise the profile of local TV.

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Blue Ant International adds to sales team

Former Tricon exec Nick Solowski joins as director of international sales and acquisitions.

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Cinesite Studios acquires Nitrogen Studios

The Vancouver full-service animation studio behind Trollhunters will be incorporated under the U.K. brand.

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Bell Media elevates execs following Turcke’s exit

Randy Lennox’s former responsibilities as president of broadcast and content have been divvied up.

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Pierre Karl Peladeau named president and CEO of Quebecor

The former head of the Parti Quebecois returns to the media company he lead for 14 years.

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Media Ranch launches overseas arm

The Montreal-based producer/distributor has appointed Tanja van der Goes to lead its new office in Amsterdam.

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Mercury Filmworks, Cartoon Saloon launch Irish studio

The Canadian and Irish companies have launched Lighthouse Studios, a new Kilkenny-based prodco expected to create 140-plus jobs in the next three years.