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Alt TV drives internet signups for BCE

While TV ad revenues continue to slide, Bell Media parent BCE saw traction with its Alt TV product, targeting condo-dwellers and cord-nevers.

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Corus restructures its marketing department

The company’s SVP Dervla Kelly will lead a more streamlined marketing and social digital agency department.

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Larysa Kondracki inks first-look deal with Amazon Studios

The Canadian showrunner of Picnic at Hanging Rock will develop and produce original TV series through her Toronto-based Smadginelli banner.

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Netflix expands int’l production hubs to Europe

The global streamer has set up a studio and programming commitment in Spain, offering an opportunity to compare its strategy for international markets.

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DHX closes Peanuts minority stake sale

The deal sees Sony Music Entertainment Japan buy 49% of the media co’s 80% interest in the Peanuts brand for $235.6 million in cash.

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DHX names new managing director for WildBrain

Former regional head of Vevo Jon Gisby joins the London, U.K.-based digital network.

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Notable named producer of record for CCMA Awards

The live broadcast of the awards show will be exec produced by Notable CEOs Claire Adams and Carli Posner.

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Rainbow appoints new Bardel CEO

The service animation company’s Italian parent co has appointed former Sony Pictures Animation producer Rick Mischel to the top job.

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Vice Media confirms layoffs

The Canadian Media Guild estimates that just over 20 positions will be affected.

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Cottonwood teams with Sarah Haasz

The former Family Channel exec has been tapped to help develop the French prodco’s growing North American slate of live-action and animated series.

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Scanline VFX expands with Montreal studio

Headed by Geoffrey Baumann, the Munich-based visual effects studio will open its Quebec operation next month.

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In brief: Technicolor adds to Toronto VFX team

Plus: The documentary channel boards the NSI’s IndigiDocs, Jasper Savage’s Jessica, Jessica nabs two awards at the 2018 Breakthroughs film fest and more.