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Jean-Pierre Blais: no doomsday scenario from cable unbundling

“We don’t have a choice. We had to make this change,” the CRTC chairman told reporters in Gatineau, Quebec after unveiling the latest Let’s Talk TV decision.

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Tricon picks up travel, sports series from SRP Productions

The Toronto-based distributor has picked up six new series ahead of April’s MIPTV (Sports Gone Wild pictured).

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Gusto TV adds two new originals

The food and lifestyle indie is in production on two new in-house-produced 4K series.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films March 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015

Elephant Song is the top Canadian film at the box office for the week of March 6 to March 12, with After the Ball at #2.

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Four more carriers pick up CraveTV

Bell Media’s authenticated VOD service expands its partner roster.

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Gallery: Prime Time in Ottawa ’15

Canadian film and TV industry executives gather at the 2015 Prime Time opening welcome reception.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films March 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015

Chappie is the top film at the Canadian box office for the week of March 6 to March 12, followed by Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Unbundling: The CRTC’s expected ruling and industry impact

The appeal of unraveling the pay TV bundle for consumers is clear: you pay less for what you want, and you’re done. For the industry, cable unbundling will not be that easy, or cheap, to offer.

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How YouTube 360 video changes the game for Bubl

Bubl CEO Sean Ramsay talks about what’s next for his 360 camera and proprietary software now that YouTube is supporting the format.

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Scholastic inks global deal for Little Charmers

Scholastic has inked a worldwide publishing deal for the new spellbinding preschool series co-produced by Spin Master and Nelvana.

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A ‘Fresh’ addition to the Den

Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran will be joining the upcoming 10th season of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.

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Former Playback editor Pamela Cuthbert passes away

The noted food writer’s career included time as an editor at Playback as well as the National Film Board.

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Production underway on Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear

Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan are starring in the romancer set in the North Pole (Nguyen pictured).

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Lionsgate makes it official, unveils $1.5B Chinese co-financing deal

The Canadian-based company has staked its future in China after unveiling a film slate co-financing deal with state broadcaster Hunan TV and Broadcast Intermediary Co.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs March 2, 2015 to March 8, 2015

MasterChef Canada hits #15 on the TV chart for the week of March 2 to March 8, with Motive coming in at #23.