MIPTV: Contenu QMi, Kabo Family ink co-development deal
The partners will use Kabo’s Pick’n Mix comedy format formula as their development template, comprising of individual comedy sketches tailored to a broadcaster’s schedule.
Shaw Communications Q2 earnings fall on restructuring costs
The slide in earnings came despite higher overall revenues.
Canadian cord-cutting gathers pace: report
A Convergence Consulting Group report says 2014 saw an estimated 95,000 Canadians abandon their traditional TV subscriptions, up from 13,000 subscribers in 2013.
Hot Sheet: Top 10 films April 3, 2015 to April 9, 2015
Furious 7 tops the box office for the week of April 3 to April 9, while the Canadian La passion d’Augustine hits #8.
CMPA seeks to appeal CRTC terms of trade decision
The Federal Court of Appeal application states the CRTC failed to provide producers with “notice or the opportunity to make proper submissions” before its Let’s Talk TV hearings and decisions.
D360 picks up RTR, ToonDraw series to shop at MIPTV
The Toronto-based distributor has picked up four new programs to shop at the content market, including RTR Media’s Open House Overhaul and Mississippi Snake Grabbers (pictured).
Discovery, Tell Tale set sail with nautical web series
Tell Tale Productions’ Tall Ship Odyssey on Discovery.ca marks the first time the specialty used its website to test a concept with fans ahead of a greenlight.
Bravo renews 19-2 to season three
Production on the one-hour drama is set to begin this summer in Montreal.
White Pine, STV Productions partner on Wire Men limited series
Peter Raymont’s Canada-U.K. coproduction is being shopped in Cannes by U.K. coproducer and distributor Power. (Raymont pictured.)
Remstar, Copperheart strike TV drama pact with Germany’s Palatin
The collaboration will co-develop and produce TV series, starting with the horror drama Incarnate.
Producers push for extension of Nova Scotia tax credit
Nova Scotia film and TV producers are now in the bargaining phase to salvage what they can from a key production incentive, including an extension through the end of 2015.
Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs March 23, 2015 to March 29, 2015
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies tops the DVD chart for the week of March 16 to March 22, while the #2 spot goes to Into the Woods.
AToMiC Awards shortlist revealed
The AToMiC Awards, from strategy, Media in Canada and Playback, recognize future-forward use of media across advertising, technology and content.
Mara Brock Akil on how to play The Game
Leading up to this weekend’s Toronto Screenwriting Conference, Playback chats with producer/writer Mara Brock Akil on creating successful spin off series and her tips for aspiring writers.
CRTC to review Canadian digital economy
Let’s talk telco? The regulator has announced a new multi-year plan that will look into the services Canadians require to participate in the digital economy.