12-22-11 No Lands Too Foreign - Hong Kong

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.

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Videotron’s Manon Brouillette promoted to president, consumer services

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

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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.

12-21-11 Anita Ondine

Talking transmedia with Anita Ondine

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

12-21-11Case for Christmas

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.

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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.

12-21-11 Sportsnet

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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Best of the Year: David Cronenberg

Thirty years into a storied career, this Canadian director is having one of his biggest years yet, making him Playback‘s Director of the Year.


THQ wins Quebec video game talent poaching court case

The Quebec appeals court sided with THQ and against Ubisoft in allowing Patrice Desilets to head up the U.S. game publisher’s new Montreal development studio.


Best of the Year: Combat Hospital

UPDATED: It may not have earned a second season, but Global TV and Sienna Films’ medical drama still earns kudos for its well-executed, cleverly financed and highly popular first season.