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Molson says Rogers deal null and void

The Molson Companies filed a lawsuit Dec. 9 with the Federal Court of Appeal alleging that its contract to sell its 20% interest in CTV Sportsnet to Rogers Broadcasting became null and void when the crtc denied the Rogers application to…

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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…

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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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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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CineNova world simulcast

Experience in underwater photography, dramatic recreations, science documentaries, archeological digs and being a ‘preferred producer’ of Discovery Communications projects has paid off in spades for Toronto’s CineNova Productions….

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Frappier shuns Genies

Two of the most critically acclaimed films produced in Canada this year, Manon Briand’s 2 Secondes and Denis Villeneuve’s 32 Aout sur terre, were not entered in this year’s Genie Awards because their producer wants to draw attention to the lack…

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MPTAC/CAFDE summit spawns five initiatives

In what marked the first meeting between the two associations in history, the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters and the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada got together late last month in Toronto and devised five key initiatives to…

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Behaviour rereleasing Fire

Capitalizing on controversy surrounding the film’s release in India, Behaviour Communications will rerelease Deepa Mehta’s Fire, beginning this Friday, in three Canadian cities, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary….

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Decisions ahead

Sitting just over the horizon for the ctf board is the as-yet unresolved question of private broadcasters being allowed to distribute eip-funded shows….

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Apple and Spice shooting New Blood

With a wrap date scheduled for Dec. 19, production is underway in Toronto on New Blood, a feature thriller from local production company Apple Creek Communications and Spice Factory of the u.k….

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Lantos’ sweet deal

A production deal of massive proportions by Canadian and even u.s. standards between Robert Lantos and Alliance Atlantis Communications will see the former Alliance ceo receive a $25,000 per episode producer fee from two tv shows and could result in a…

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AAC revising accounting policy

In a move that will delay the reporting of revenues from film and tv projects for up to a full year, Alliance Atlantis Communications has changed its accounting policies to more closely reflect the standards of the u.s. Financial Accounting Standards…