Anne Dorval to receive WIFT-T Crystal Award

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Dorval will be honoured with the international achievement award at a gala in Toronto on Dec. 2.



Rewarding TV fans with new digital storyworlds online – Part 1

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What does a broadcaster do to keep fans engaged when a cable drama disappears between seasons? SundanceTV came to Merging Media 5 in Vancouver to find answers. (SundanceTV’s Drew Pisarra pictured)



Survey: media and entertainment M&A activity at three-year high

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Corporate players are focusing on “bite-size” deals, like DHX Media acquiring Ragdoll Worldwide, to move into new markets and technologies, says report from tax consultant EY.



Wolverine Hotel gets financial backing at AFM

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Jean-Guy Despres’ Reflection Films International is getting behind the crime thriller, directed by Patricia Chica (pictured).



Xbox’s Elan Lee: ‘You have to grab for something a little unexpected’

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From Vancouver’s Merging Media 5, Xbox’s chief design officer (and augmented reality game pioneer) reveals the three rules that underpin his storytelling strategy.



Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs Oct. 27, 2014 to Nov. 2, 2014

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The Montreal-shot X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the top spot on the DVD chart for the week of Oct. 27 to Nov. 2.



Merging Media 2014: Starz Digital’s David Katz on digital success

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“You’re going to have to do the heavy lifting. And when you get to a certain point, you will be attractive to people like me,” the content distributor told the Vancouver digital conference.



Deals: VSC picks up Patch Town

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Video Services Corp takes the Canadian distribution rights for Craig Goodwill’s Patch Town (pictured), plus other distribution and deals news for the week.



Merging Media 5: Can the next Alibaba come from Canada?

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Digital guru Robert Tercek told the Vancouver digital conference that Canadian government funding needs to position the media industry for future growth.



Entertainment One takes U.S. rights to Cas & Dylan

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The Canadian distributor is to release the indie road movie stateside.