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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….

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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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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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’98 spec profits down

Canadian pay and specialty channel revenues are up significantly this year over last, but with 16 new services launched in ’98 the overall profitability of the sector has dropped according to financial information filed to the crtc….

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AAC eyes kids’ market

Having established itself as one of the world’s dominant players in one-hour primetime drama series, Alliance Atlantis Communications is quietly preparing a major assault on program territory currently ruled by fellow Canadian pubcos Cinar and Nelvana….

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Service prods mull new assoc.

Dissatisfied with the cftpa’s inability to take a position on a proposal to scrap the foreign tax credit and buoyed by its own successful Ottawa lobby to stave off overtaxing foreign actors, Canada’s usually inconspicuous service production sector has become politicized….

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Stursberg quits CCTA for Star Choice

Richard Stursberg has resigned as president of the Canadian Cable Television Association to join dth provider Star Choice as president and ceo….

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Strike disrupts CBC programming

A strike by 1,800 technical workers at the cbc is disrupting normal programming on both the main network and on Newsworld….

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Dufferin Gate gears up for production on Hardwood series

Longtime cable movie service producer Dufferin Gate has made the jump to series television with The Hardwood, a big-budget, high-profile drama for Viacom Productions skedded to premier on u.s. cable channel Showtime in June….

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Copps: no budget support

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps has apparently struck out in a bid to have support for $50 million of federal money allocated for a feature film fund written into the upcoming budget….

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FCB calls for cable access `inquiry’

The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has asked the crtc to launch an ‘inquiry’ into cable companies’ introduction of new specialty channels….

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Odeon films do boffo B.O.

Two homegrown Canadian films that opened in November are delivering boffo box-office numbers for producer Rhombus Media and distributor Odeon Films….