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Five things we learned from CRTC denying BCE’s Astral takeover

The CRTC in its decision Thursday said that it is serious about undue competition in Canadian media, and hasn’t changed it’s mind that OTT services are not a threat to the Canadian broadcast system.

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“Shocked” Bell Canada slams CRTC rejection of Astral Media deal

The phone giant said it is appealing to the federal cabinet to possibly overturn the regulatory denial of its $3.4 billion takeover bid.

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CRTC announces three-year plan

The regulator has a three-prong plan for a better communications system that includes tracking content creation and ensuring availability of service providers and consumer protection from telemarketing.

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TIFF announces Asian Film Summit programming

Harvey Weinstein will MC the closing banquet of the event, which is to include discussions on film policy and financing featuring North American and Asian industry heavyweights.

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Bell unveils benefits package for $3.38 billion Astral takeover

The phone giant proposes to spend $96 million to develop and produce indie TV programming of national interest, and divest itself of radio stations, to receive regulatory approval for the blockbuster acquisition.

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Canada’s overhaul of copyright regime becomes law

Bill C-11 was granted royal assent on Tuesday, ending four attempts to get copyright modernization legislation through Parliament.

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New actors’ rights treaty lauded

CMPA president and CEO Michael Hennessy (pictured) says ACTRA played a key role in audiovisual performances treaty.

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ACTRA pushes for global arts rights pact

ACTRA National president Ferne Downey tells Beijing conference of the need to finish the international rights treaty in digital age.

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EI reforms draw film and TV industry criticism

Directors guild national CEO and exec director Gerry Barr says proposed changes could force talented people out of the industry.

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Nova Scotia film industry releases new industry guidelines

The new document sets clear standards for responsibility on set, but allegedly introduces no changes that will up production costs.