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Nelvana secures credit, strikes French deal

Toronto-based Nelvana has secured an $86.5-million credit facility with the Royal Bank of Canada….

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New CBC drama series could put Inner City on Front Page

‘Homicide. Scandal. Racism. Politics. Fraud. Abuse. Rape. Suicide. It makes for a tough living, but great journalism.’…

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CBC buoyed by flat ratings

Despite the apparent chaos at upper-management levels, the cbc’s English television programming strategy of an all-Canadian schedule along with the slow phase-out of its ‘six-packs’ of shows is finally paying off….

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Lions Gate snags HBO deal, names Doroniuk

Vancouver-based Lions Gate Entertainment has negotiated a major output deal with Home Box Office and hired ex-Alliance cfo Roman Doroniuk as president and coo….

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$150M film fund by April?

A report tabled by Sheila Copps’ advisory committee to the Feature Film Policy Review recommends the creation of a $150-million fund for Canadian movies comprised of $50 million in new federal money and $100 million in consolidated existing revenue sources including…

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Cover Me delayed

The scheduled spring debut of Cover Me, an indigenous Canadian drama produced by Alliance Atlantis Communications, has been put off until next fall by its broadcaster the cbc….

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TMN eyes bigger aud share

After being added to Cogeco’s tier three in November, and with hopes for similar moves by other cablers, classic movie pay service Moviepix has asked the crtc to delete its licence condition which forces it to run films that are at…

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Industry awaits CTV N1 ruling

A CRTC decision that could have broad implications regarding specialty channels and their adherence to conditions of licence is expected within the next few weeks….

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ACTRA wants U.S. equity

ACTRA wants Canadian producers to pay its members in u.s. dollars and enjoy working conditions equivalent to Screen Actors Guild members on ‘any production destined for the international marketplace’ which uses a u.s. performer, according to documents obtained by Playback….

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Flesh and Blood may preem next fall

Citing the new regulations for the Canadian Television Fund as the reason, ctv may postpone the spring premier of its high-profile drama series Flesh and Blood until next fall….

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TVO awards WGC $350K

Roughly 50 television writers will divvy up $350,000 from tvontario, following a settlement in a dispute between the Writers Guild of Canada and the educational broadcaster over profits from tvo shows sold to the international market….

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AAC cancels Little Men

After shooting 13 episodes, the Alliance Atlantis Communications production of Little Men which runs on u.s. weblet Pax Net has been canceled. But in a strange twist to the usual cancellation procedure, it was the producer not the broadcaster that chose…