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Bell Media, Corus Score HBO Library

TORONTO: Bell Media and Corus Entertainment have entered into a multiyear, multiplatform agreement with HBO for the entire past-season library of the U.S. premium channel's current scripted series. HBO Canada subscribers are gaining access to catch up on past seasons via on-demand and video-streaming services. This includes past seasons of ...

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Muse Distribution International Hires Just for Laughs Veteran

MONTREAL: Shawn Rosengarten, a former sales director at Just for Laughs, has become Muse Distribution International's VP of distribution, a new executive position based in Montreal. Rosengarten has spent a decade and a half working in TV distribution. While at Just for Laughs, he licensed more than 100,000 hours of ...

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eOne Buys Force Four Entertainment

TORONTO: Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired the Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment, which is behind such series as Border Security: Canada’s Front Line and The Cupcake Girls. Force Four and eOne first worked together on Seed, which aired on CityTV in Canada and The CW in the U.S. This led ...

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Canada’s Shaw & Rogers Team for Streaming Service

TORONTO/CALGARY: Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have partnered on a new SVOD service for the Canadian market, shomi, positioned as a competitor to Netflix. shomi is launching in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet TV customers. It will initially be available on tablets, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set-top ...

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Blue Ant Bolsters Distribution Division

TORONTO: Blue Ant Media has added Gwen Jones McCauley to its team as director of international sales. McCauley was previously VP of content sales at THA Inc. and BBC Worldwide Canada. She officially joins the Blue Ant International team on August 18. Her territories will include Latin America, U.S. Hispanic, ...

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beIN SPORTS Beefs Up TV Everywhere Service

TORONTO: International sports network beIN SPORTS Canada has expanded its live streaming platform, rebranding it from beIN SPORTS PLAY to beIN SPORTS CONNECT. The beefed-up service includes new added features, with users able to access both the English and Spanish networks, along with exclusive live matches and events. The platform’s ...

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WWE & Rogers Sign Landmark Deal

TORONTO: Rogers Communications has secured a ten-year agreement to be the exclusive distributor of WWE's flagship programming in Canada through 2024. The new pact builds on WWE's current programming on Sportsnet 360 and includes the rights to distribute WWE Network as a premium linear channel. Rogers will be the exclusive ...

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Canada’s CBC Launches Digital Comedy Accelerator

OTTAWA: CBC is teaming up with CineCoup Media and Just For Laughs Television to launch the CBC ComedyCoup, a digital comedy accelerator. Canadian content creators are invited to enter a two-minute video demonstrating their comedic talents. Teams will then have ten weeks to engage with fans through digital and social ...

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Canada’s Hollywood Suite Releases TV Everywhere App

TORONTO: Canadian broadcasting company Hollywood Suite has launched a TV Everywhere app that allows subscribers to access HD content on iOS and Android devices. The app, called Hollywood Suite GO, is available at no cost to existing subscribers. It includes a customizable watch list, as well as social features that ...

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HBO Canada to Make Sensitive Skin Available for Binge Viewing

TORONTO: Marking a Canadian broadcast first, HBO Canada is planning to make the entire first season of the soon-to-launch original series Sensitive Skin available exclusively to subscribers online and on demand following its linear debut. The show, which stars Kim Cattrall and Don McKellar, premieres July 20 on HBO Canada. ...

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