Policy

The Tudors

Indie producers want more flexibility with new co-pro treaty

A fight could be brewing, as producers want better chances of working with foreign partners, while unions and guilds dig in to preserve key creative jobs for their members.

WGC

WGC calls for more majority co-productions

The Writers Guild of Canada wants Canadian broadcasters to get off their European period-drama kick. It’s costing their membership work, the association contended at the co-production consultation currently being held by the federal government.

CRTC

CACTUS welcomes community TV ruling from CRTC

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations is applauding BCE being asked by the CRTC to carry seven indie community TV channels by 2012 to secure outright control of CTVglobemedia.

Untitled-1

Industry disappointment at CRTC approval of BCE/CTV deal

“The CRTC is playing dice with Canadians’ communications by allowing these large takeovers,” Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca’s executive director, said in a statement.

News

Rogers takes carriage fee issue to Supreme Court

The legal move follows the Federal Court of Appeal earlier this week siding with conventional broadcasters on retransmission fees from cable and satellite TV operators.

CRTC

Federal Court gives fee-for-carriage legitimacy

In response to a CRTC request asking for a ruling on the admissibility of so-called fee-for-carriage regime for the industry, the federal court in a 2-to-1 ruling said the Broadcasting Act would allow it.

TV - Generic

CRTC puts kaibosh on George Burger’s Crush movie channel

The CRTC has put the kaibosh on George Burger’s proposed Crush channel, ruling the film channel for an 18-35 male demo was too “broad” in mandate to distinguish itself from existing Canadian pay TV channels.

India flag

Canada takes one more step to India co-production treaty

Canada has taken another step towards a possible official film and TV co-production agreement with India by launching an online consultation of its co-production treaty on audiovisual content.

Raja Khanna AUX

AUX TV asks CRTC to change restrictions

The regulatory body will decide this week if CTV’s request to play fewer music videos means AUX TV can play more.

CRTC

Pentefountas steps in for Arpin at CRTC as opposition accuses gov’t of cronyism

Only a few days after Industry Minister Tony Clement threatened to overturn a CRTC ruling on usage-based Internet billing the government has appointed a political ally as vice-chair of the federal regulator, a move critics say is meant to undermine the body’s authority.

Sony Phone

Canadian guilds and unions applaud court striking down Globalive decision

Canadian guilds and unions on Friday applauded a federal court striking down the licensing of Egyptian-owned mobile carrier Globalive Communications as a move that restores Canada’s foreign ownership restrictions.

CRTC

Breakthrough in Producer-Broadcaster terms of trade talks

Drum roll: a first-time terms of trade agreement between Canadian broadcasters and indie producers appears in sight.