The Halifax-based producer picks up Family Channel and three Disney-branded channels that had been on the auction block following BCE’s $3.38 billion purchase of Astral Media.
Sportsnet has sent rival TSN to the sidelines as it gets all national rights to TV hockey, and offsets steep cost with sub-licensing deals with the CBC and TVA in Quebec.
The genre-focused production shingle will develop original TV series and theatrical movies for the Canadian and international market.
Legendary film and TV producer Robert Lantos and respected entrepreneur Harris Fricker bring veteran expertise to the Academy.
Eighteen projects, almost half of which are youth-focused, are given a cash injection by the Canadian Media Fund.
“The findings reveal that Canadians prefer channel bundles, however, also want the option to build their own packages,” Rogers Communications, which commissioned the Harris/Decima survey, reported.
Insight Productions, Antica Productions, Zone 3 and Great Pacific Media are among those receiving funding.
The regional network has a new website aimed at courting Canada’s diverse population with content in 27 languages.
The docu-drama crime series is the first commission for Saloon Media and UK partner BriteSpark Films.
Three Toronto digital developers and one from New Mexico will work to develop “the next mega blockbuster” in the field of wearable technology.
“Public awareness of homegrown movies leaves much to be desired,” survey results show, as, excluding Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, most Canadians could not recall the last homegrown movie they viewed.
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