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Distribution Deals Reached for Bell Media’s New Streaming Service

November 6, 2014

TORONTO: Bell Media has inked distribution deals for its upcoming on-demand video service, Project Latte, with TELUS, Bell Canada and Bell Aliant. Through the deal, the Canadian streaming service will be available to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV and Bell Satellite TV subscribers at launch, …

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Force Four Entertainment Taps Former Corus Original Programming VP

November 7, 2014

TORONTO: Force Four Entertainment, a production company that was recently acquired by Entertainment One (eOne), has hired Vibika Bianchi as senior VP to launch and oversee its Toronto offices. In her new role, Bianchi will work under John Ritchie, Force Four's chief creative officer. She will collaborate with Robert Hardy, …

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Canada’s Project Latte to Feature Monty Python Collection

November 10, 2014

IPSWICH: Bell Media's new streaming service, currently dubbed Project Latte, has secured the exclusive rights for a whole collection of Monty Python content. Through an exclusive deal with Eagle Rock Entertainment, the soon-to-launch service will feature every episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, from 1969 to 1974. The collection also …

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shomi Scores CBSSI Titles

November 14, 2014

TORONTO: The Canadian SVOD service shomi has entered into a partnership with CBS Studios International (CBSSI) for a range of titles, including Jane the Virgin. With the pact, shomi becomes the exclusive Canadian SVOD home for NCIS and the spin-offs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. It will also …

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Bell Media Unveils CraveTV

December 3, 2014

TORONTO: Bell Media has officially unveiled CraveTV, previously code-named Project Latte, a brand-new SVOD streaming service launching December 11 for C$4 ($3.50) a month. At launch, nearly 65 percent of the entire CraveTV catalogue is exclusive to the service, with more exclusive titles to be added regularly. In its first …

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Netflix Canada Adds More CBC Shows

December 4, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS: An expanded licensing agreement between Netflix and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) sees the service being able to stream Murdoch Mysteries for the first time in Canada as well as new seasons of Republic of Doyle and others. The two extended and expanded their current licensing agreement to …

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Nat Abraham & Michael McGuigan Buy Stake in Breakthrough

February 4, 2014

TORONTO: Nat Abraham, the president of distribution at Breakthrough Entertainment, and Michael McGuigan, the company's chief financial officer, have joined Breakthrough founders Ira Levy and Peter Williamson as partners. Abraham joined the company in 2006, while McGuigan began in 1999. Both execs acquired a stake in the company, the terms …

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FremantleMedia International Sets Up Base in Canada

February 5, 2014

LONDON: FremantleMedia International has unveiled FremantleMedia Canada, a Toronto-based sales office for its distribution business. The office will be led by Susan Hummel, who was recently hired as senior VP of distribution and starts in the role in early March. Hummel will report directly to Lisa Honig, the senior executive …

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Tricon Sells Pair of IFC U.S. Comedies to Bell Media

February 25, 2014

TORONTO: Tricon Films & Television has licensed the IFC U.S. original comedies Maron and The Birthday Boys to Bell Media in Canada. Inspired by the hit WTF podcast, Maron centers on a man named Marc, who has a hard time maintaining relationships with most people. The program features guest appearances …

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Shaw Media Offers TV Everywhere with HISTORY Go App

February 28, 2014

TORONTO: Shaw Media has released HISTORY Go, a new application that allows HISTORY subscribers to access nearly 300 hours of programming anytime, anywhere. HISTORY Go, which features 250 hours of Canadian content, is now available online as well as on iOS and Android mobile devices. The app offers more than …