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Ryan Hanson picks up $2500 A&E short film prize

The filmmaker earned the award for his second film, The Quarry, which stars Ruben de Baat and Meagan Brodie.

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Shaw Communications posts higher Q1 earnings, despite ‘volatile’ market

The cable giant posted a first-time contribution from Shaw Media, the broadcast division carved out of the former Canwest Global Communications Corp.

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Shaw Media eyes new 24-hour B.C. news channel

Global BC’s Kenton Boston tells Playback Daily about plans for all-news service, for which an application has been filed with the CRTC.

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Maurice Boucher joins the CMF

The former Tele-Quebec chief of public and media relations will join the Canada Media Fund team effective immediately.

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Hell on Hooves picked up by MAV TV in the U.S.

The Juxtapose Productions factual series about Canadian rodeo riders was sold to the U.S. net by Amsterdam’s Off the Fence.

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Corus posts higher Q1 earnings on TV revenue hike

Strong ad sales at its women’s specialty channels like W Network helped the broadcaster record a rise in revenue and overall profit.

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How Alliance Films gave Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob an entry-level job

Series exec producer Thomas Howe tells Playback Daily about the latest addition to the Canadian business reality TV genre: W Network’s Undercover Boss Canada.

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Nikitopoulos moves to Rogers Media

Former Shaw Media VP of sports Christos Nikitopoulos joins the company in revenue planning and strategy, effective immediately.

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CCI names VP of distribution

Rekha Shah joins the Toronto-based prodco as VP, distribution and co-production, after three years as director of sales with CCI.

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Why APTN’s Blackstone is connecting with Canadians

Having spotlighted problems on First Nation reserves, the Eric Schweig and Michelle Thrush-starring drama is finding traction with a wider audience that sees the series’ themes mirrored in international headlines.

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Charity hockey tourney raises record amount for Actor’s Fund

Hitting the ice to help out those in need, Republic of Doyle cast and crew helped raise $12,000 for the Actor’s Fund of Canada.

Film reels (Photo: Lisa Eglinton, Flickr Creative Commons)

NSI announces 2012 Features First teams

The selected teams, including the Yukon-based team of Michael Vernon, David Hamelin and Neil Macdonald behind Fragments, receive $17,000 towards a feature film development budget and training.