Policy

Melanie Joly

Quebec MP Pablo Rodriguez takes over Heritage as Joly shuffled out

Joly, whose tenure has included 2017′s Creative Canada policy and the review of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Acts, is being moved to the tourism and official languages portfolio.

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Broadcasting revenues fell 3.3% in 2017: CRTC

Overall BDU revenues fell to $8.53 billion in 2017, marking the third consecutive year of losses, according to the report.

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Bell Fund awards $2M to nine TV projects

The fund’s inaugural TV program will support drama, comedy and lifestyle programs in English and French.

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Christa Dickenson named new Telefilm exec director

The president and CEO of Interactive Ontario begins her new role on July 30.

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Creative Export Strategy includes $7-million funding program

The government’s five-year, $125-million export strategy will also provide increased funding to Telefilm and other Canadian Heritage programs.

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Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Valerie Creighton

An outspoken proponent of Cancon, the CMF president and CEO has devoted her career to growing the biz.

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Quebec commits $600M in culture funding

The provincial government’s five-year action plan boosts funding for the production, distribution and discoverability of Quebec cultural products.

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Minister Joly on building ties with China

The Minister of Canadian Heritage talked to Playback magazine about the growing opportunities for Canadian prodcos in China, and the business challenges that remain.

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Feds appoint panel to review Broadcasting, Telecom Acts

The seven-person panel will examine how digital cos can contribute to the Canadian system.

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Industry orgs file complaint to the CRTC against the Bell Fund

CMPA, TVO and others argue the fund’s TV program favours major production funders in its process of determining which projects receive funding.

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Supreme Court to hear Bell Media’s simsub appeal

Canada’s top court said the appeal gives it an opportunity to consider judicial review of actions taken by administrative bodies like the CRTC.

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Heritage funds respectful workplaces initiative

The government and the Canada Council for the Arts will contribute more than $550K to the Cultural Human Resources Council.