Steering Arctic Air onto the CBC: Ian Weir


Series creator Weir talks to Playback Daily about the series’ unexpected pre-pilot full-season order, landing “dream” lead Adam Beach, and the lure of the north.

Lionsgate strikes Asian partnership with Saban Capital and Celestial Pictures


The Vancouver-based studio is jumping into the Chinese-language pay TV market to extend its distribution footprint globally.

Videotron’s Manon Brouillette promoted to president, consumer services


The new posting will enable Videotron topper Robert Depatie to focus on big picture priorities.

Michael MacMillan’s Blue Ant Media to buy High Fidelity HDTV


Canadian publisher Torstar Corp. is also taking a 25% stake in Blue Ant Media for $22.7 million after it completes the High Fidelity HDTV transaction.

Talking transmedia with Anita Ondine


The producer and transmedia guru talks to Playback about the challenges of financing projects in the new media space.

Why Lewis Chesler loves Christmas


The Toronto-based producer talks about making merry with broadcasters around the world with holiday-themed MOWs.

CBC going commercial-free Christmas Day


TBooth is underwriting the pubcaster as it offers only CBC promos between shows from noon to 10 p.m.

Astral’s Peter Furnish joins CTAM board


Replacing outgoing Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing of Canada (CTAM) president Aivy Reinfelds is Rogers VP and GM David Purdy.

Best of the Year: Sportsnet


Playback marks Rogers Media’s major expansion of the Sportsnet brand this year by taking a trip through a day in the life of a cross-platform story.

Drop in P2P file sharing causes Bell to stop web throttling


In an open letter to the CRTC, Bell execs say that changing user habits, and the company’s investment in web infrastructure, mean it will no longer manage internet traffic in peak hours.

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