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CTF: $325M requested

Canadian producers are seeking $36 million more from this year’s Canadian Television Fund than they did from last year’s heavily oversubscribed ctcpf. Adding to the industry’s already anxious state is the fact that the ctf’s operating budget, which has yet to…

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ESPN gets piece of OLN, Sportsnet

According to financial terms of the ctv/NetStar deal revealed last week, ctv’s interest in specialty channels Outdoor Life Network and CTV Sportsnet must be transferred to NetStar Communications within 12 months of regulatory approval….

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Journey a B.O. hit

With $250,000 in ticket sales from 18 prints in just three weeks, Sturla Gunnarsson’s Such A Long Journey is Vancouver-based distributor Red Sky Entertainment’s first legitimate box office ‘hit,’ says company president Tony Cianciotta….

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Nelvana margin climbs

nelvana’s strategic shift to produce exclusively proprietary productions and shun service work has paid off to the toon of $8.6 million ($1.21 per share) in 1998 net earnings, a 75% increase from $4.9 million the year before….

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Film Works’ $8M feature

Not content to bask in the current box-office success of its production Such A Long Journey, The Film Works has an even more ambitious project slated as its next feature….

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Industry supports C-55

A group representing over 50 cultural industry professional associations including many from the film and television industry rallied in Toronto March 15 to pledge support for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps’ controversial Bill C-55….

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Shaw can opt out of Headline Sports

Calgary’s Shaw Communications is now free to sell its 48.75% interest in Sportscope Television Network, which operates specialty channel Headline Sports, an Ontario court has ruled….

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Shaw TV debuts in VR Land

Parroting its own similar successful initiatives in the western market, Shaw Cable has rebranded its community 10 channel for customers in the Barrie, Orillia and Simcoe County areas of Ontario with the launch of Shaw tv….

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Breakthrough/Sound Venture wrap copro thriller Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake, a $2-million psychological thriller mow licensed by Chum Television’s The New vr and coproduced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Ottawa’s Sound Venture Productions, has just wrapped in Bala, Ont….

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Dudley dragged to court

An eight-foot-tall dragon named Dudley – a much-loved character to thousands of young tv viewers – stands at the hub of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed against producer Breakthrough Films, public broadcaster tvontario as well as the Ontario Ministry of Energy….

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AAC’s Golden gone

Kerri Golden, Alliance Atlantis cfo, has resigned effective early May.. It is unclear whether president Lewis Rose or former Cineplex Odeon executive vp and cfo Ellis Jacob, who has been on contract with aac since the merger, will assume Golden’s duties….

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TVNC’s APTN to go national on basic Sept. 1

Canada’s basic cable systems will have to make room for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network by Sept. 1….