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MIPCOM Spotlight: Shaftesbury/Smokebomb

CANNES: The detective drama Murdoch Mysteries has achieved sales in 110 territories around the world, and Shaftesbury/Smokebomb is looking for more deals at MIPCOM. “Murdoch Mysteries offers a winning blend of universal themes, compelling mysteries, unique slices of turn-of-the-century history, ingenious inventions and unforgettable characters that audiences around the world ...

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The Fremantle Corp. Receives New Investments

TORONTO: Kilburn Media and Demarest Films have made equity investments in The Fremantle Corporation, which has now tapped veteran Canadian media exec Brad Pelman for the CEO post. Pelman was formerly an executive at Maple Pictures and Alliance Films. Randy Zalken will continue as president and The Fremantle Corporation’s existing ...

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Starz Originals for shomi Canada

TORONTO: Starz Digital Media has inked a deal that makes shomi the exclusive Canadian SVOD home to a number of original series from the premium channel operator, including Da Vinci's Demons and The White Queen. The platform will be available to Rogers and Shaw customers for a monthly fee beginning ...

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Bell Media Invests in Canadian Digital Startup

TORONTO: Bell Media has made an investment in the Toronto-based digital startup Hubub, a personal interest multimedia channel. Bell Media invested $5 million in cash and committed millions more to market Hubub.com and the Hubub mobile app, a new digital platform for exploring and discussing interests, across its leading media ...

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Canada Media Fund Publishes 2013-14 Annual Report

TORONTO: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has published its annual report for 2013-14, which revealed that a total of 510 productions were supported by the CMF over the last fiscal year. The CMF provided C$360.7M in funding to Canadian television and digital media projects in 2013-2014. A total of 475 ...

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Study Finds Canadians Choosing TV Series Over Films

MONTREAL: Canadians are more likely to watch TV series instead of movies, according to a new study on Canadian viewing habits that also confirmed most film viewing is done through television. The report, commissioned by Telefilm Canada, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Canada Media Fund ...

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New Appointments, Promotions at Peace Point

TORONTO: Peace Point Entertainment has hired former Temple Street Productions exec Nicole Hamilton as VP of creative and development, while Peace Point Rights has upped a couple of executives. Hamilton will oversee the creative strategic direction for Peace Point globally, including the company’s Toronto-based development team as well as the ...

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Corus Invests in Female-Skewed MCN

TORONTO: Corus Entertainment has invested in the U.S. digital lifestyle outfit KIN, with the partnership intended to bring the offerings to Canada. The pact brings the company’s multichannel network (MCN), KIN Community, as well as KIN’s lifestyle creators, programming and advertising opportunities to the Canadian marketplace. As part of this ...

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CMF & BDC Capital Team Up to Fund Tech Startups

MONTREAL: Game and software startups receiving funding through the Canada Media Fund (CMF) could be eligible to receive additional capital for their projects through a new partnership between CMF and BDC Capital, a subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). As part of the new collaboration, BDC Capital ...

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