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On Set: Cover Me

It’s late October, and in a corner of the vast exterior of one of Toronto’s most upscale hotels, a film crew is preparing for a take while 400 miles away across the Quebec border, the provincial election campaign has kicked into…

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CBC New Media unveils News Online

CBC has unveiled a revamped CBC New Media Group online service that includes a more comprehensive Internet news site, CBC News Online….

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AAC preps Joan of Arc CBS miniseries

Marking what some say is its biggest miniseries production to date, Alliance Atlantis Communications will begin shooting a version of Joan of Arc for cbs in Prague next month, with director Christian Duguay at the helm….

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‘Casters eye distrib possibilities

While keeping their eyes on the lucrative prize of being granted the ability to distribute Telefilm Canada-funded shows, Canadian broadcasters have been taking money-losing minority equity positions in some Canadian drama productions….

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Film Works, Rosemond form Sitcom Inc.

The Film Works (The Arrow, Such a Long Journey) has joined forces with veteran Canuck comedy producer/director/writer Perry Rosemond’s The Rosemond Company to form Sitcom Inc….

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Odeon moves

Following a month of speculation, theatrical distributor Odeon Films has moved its operations to Alliance Atlantis Communications’ head office (PB, Oct. 5)….

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Serendipity sets up shop

With plans to hire for one or two more positions, Robert Lantos will take five former Alliance employees with him to staff his new prodco Serendipity Point Films. The ex-Alliance chairman and ceo has also bought a building on Price Street…

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Cogeco unscrambles Moviepix

More cable and/or satellite distribution companies may follow in the wake of Cogeco Cable Systems’ decision to offer pay-tv service Moviepix to its tier 3 subscribers at no additional charge, according to James Leder, exec vp of sales marketing and programming…

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AAC cuts 122 jobs

In addition to the 78 full-time and 44 contract or part-time job cuts made at Alliance Atlantis Communications earlier this month, over 30 more pink slips are expected to be handed out in broadcasting divisions this spring following crtc approval of…

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Prods split over Film NB

The controversy surrounding the August exit of Film nb exec director Sam Grana persists as the province’s fledgling film industry’s producers association has splintered into two groups. The recently formed Professional Producers Association of New Brunswick has broken away from the…

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Getting high on Ron Mann’s $1.5-million Grass

Grass, an examination of marijuana prohibition, is the latest feature-length documentary offering from veteran director/producer Ron Mann (Twist, Comic Book Confidential) and his production/distribution company Sphinx Productions….

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Santa Monica home for AAC

The L.A. operations of Alliance Atlantis Communications will be headquartered at a new site – the former home of production company All American in Santa Monica, says AAC Entertainment president Peter Sussman….