Policy

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Hussain Amarshi to keynote Whistler Film Festival

The Mongrel Media topper (pictured) will lead a Summit conference big on panels about a fast-changing Canadian film distribution sector.

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Industry offers cautious support for cable unbundling bid

Industry orgs and media execs argue that while the move may increase consumer choice, niche channels may struggle for audience.

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Federal government signals cable package unbundling in throne speech

“Our Government believes Canadian families should be able to choose the combination of television channels they want,” Governor-General David Johnston said late Wednesday.

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Lisa de Wilde to chair TIFF board

The TVO CEO (pictured) becomes the organization’s first female chair, while StrategyCorp chairman David MacNaughton joins the board of directors.

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Funders launch framework for int’l digital coproductions

Five Canadian funding bodies have pacted on a framework to address challenges producers have in structuring digital media copros.

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Bell Media sells five radio stations to Newcap

The $112 million deal comes as the media group has to divest properties to comply with the CRTC’s common ownership policy.

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Exclusive: CAFDE restructures, Ted East to step down

The Canadian distributors’ lobby group is eyeing new members as it looks for a new voice and seat at the table in Ottawa.

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WGC names Neal McDougall new director of policy

McDougall (pictured) comes to the organization from the Canada Media Fund, where he was a policy analyst.

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Canadian producers turn to feds after CRTC denies Starlight mandatory carriage

Broadcasters are to blame for the Canadian film industry’s continued woes, said CMPA boss Michael Hennessy, in the wake of the regulatory rebuff.

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CRTC denies Starlight and Sun TV mandatory carriage

The regulator did approve bids from three new TV services: the French-language AMI TV service, Nouveau TV5 and ARTV.

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Media agency execs on the BCE-Astral deal

Sunni Boot, Bruce Neve, Shelley Smit and Michael Neale weigh in on the implications of the $3.4 billion deal getting the green light from the CRTC.

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BCE announces next steps following approval of Astral takeover

Bell Media will open new regional development offices in Halifax, Winnipeg and Vancouver as the acquisition, which closes July 5, moves forward.