People/Companies

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Mr. Finckenstein goes to Washington

In a speech to an industry forum, the outgoing CRTC chair addresses the challenges of preserving Canadian content in a fractured mediascape.

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Interactive Ontario’s Ian Kelso steps down

The Ontario digital media association topper is taking the CEO post at the Canadian Interactive Alliance/Alliance Interactive Canadienne.

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Best of the Year: micro_scope

The Montreal-based prodco talks about finding critical and commercial success with a strategy that balances serious subject matter with accessible storytelling.

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IPF and Cogeco commit to expanded funding mandates

Over the next three years, the IPF will make web series funding a focus after a two-year experimental program, while the Cogeco Fund will continue to fund Canadian television drama series as part of a broadened mandate.

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Avi Federgreen to release festival winners in Canadian theatres

Moon Point and Peace Out mark the first two acquisitions for the veteran Canadian film producer’s newly launched distribution shingle, Indiecan Entertainment.

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Best of the year: Kirstine Stewart

The EVP of CBC English Services tells Mark Dillon about the challenges of her new role and cultivating a slate of Cancon that Canadians want to watch.

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DHX Media posts lower Q1 earnings, despite higher revenues

The Canadian producer bolstered its revenue line with higher producer fees and service production business.

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Best of the Year: Christine Shipton

Shaw Media’s VP of original content talks about her approach to commissioning great shows and programming highlights of 2011.

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CRTC hands Bell a penalty over mobile sports programming

Ruling on a January 2011 complaint filed by Telus, the regulator says Bell’s exclusive mobile-content deals with the NHL and NFL run contrary to its new media policy, a claim Bell refutes.

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Astral Media on Canadian film acquisition: ‘Our business model has not changed’

The broadcaster responds to CAFDE’s assertion that its pay TV licence fees have declined in recent years, and refutes Alliance’s claim that it was not interested in carrying Breakaway.