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Rogers & Bell Buy into Canadian Sports Franchise

TORONTO: Rogers Communications and Bell Canada have come together to jointly acquire a 75-percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. The deal splits the radio and television rights for MLSE’s NHL franchise of the Maple Leafs. Rogers’ Sportsnet and Bell’s TSN cable ...

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New Canadian Movie Service Offers Free Preview

TORONTO: Hollywood Suite, Canada’s new 24/7 multiplatform HD movie service, is kicking off with a two-month “freeview.” Hollywood Suite recently launched on EastLink, TELUS Optik TV, SaskTel MAX and MTS TV, with a free preview that ends February 19. The service features 450 commercial-free HD movies per month, uncut and ...

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Showcase Orders More Lost Girl

TORONTO: Showcase has renewed the hit original series Lost Girl for a third season, which will begin production in spring 2012. Lost Girl, which launched in September 2010, is Showcase’s highest rated drama series. Season two will continue with all-new episodes on January 22 starring Anna Silk (Being Erica, Billable ...

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Breakthrough Sets Up Film Distribution Unit

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment is entering the arena of feature-film distribution, having set up a dedicated acquisition and sales unit for movies that will be led by Marina Cordoni. Breakthrough’s film division will represent independent movies across TV, home entertainment and digital platforms as well as manage each title’s theatrical release. ...

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Shaftesbury’s ReGenesis Scores Slot on SCIENCE

SILVER SPRING/TORONTO: SCIENCE in the U.S. has picked up season one of Shaftesbury’s drama series ReGenesis, starring Peter Outerbridge and Ellen Page. The 13-episode hour-long Canadian series, which premiered on SCIENCE last month, features a team of scientists charged with investigating the global use and abuse of advanced biotechnology. Season ...

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Canadian Viewers Get Sneak Peek of ABC Spark

TORONTO: Ahead of the launch of the new Corus Entertainment service ABC Spark in Canada, a trio of networks—YTV, W Network and CMT—have slated nested blocks featuring the channel’s exclusive programming. Starting January 16, YTV, W Network and CMT will air blocks of exclusive programming to be featured on ABC ...

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BBC Worldwide Brings Global iPlayer to Canada

LONDON: The launch of the Global iPlayer app in Canada marks the 16th territory that BBC Worldwide has taken the on-demand video service into as part of a one-year pilot phase. The monthly VOD subscription service for iPad users features a range of current and classic BBC programming. This includes iconic ...

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Study: Eliminating Ads on CBC Would Harm Canadian TV Industry

OTTAWA: A new study from the Nordicity Group, commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), reveals that advertising does not detract from the public broadcaster’s mandate and that there is "no good public policy reason to eliminate advertising from its TV services." Nordicity estimates that eliminating advertising from CBC/Radio-Canada would ...

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TELETOON Highlights 2012 Lineup

TORONTO: TELETOON Canada has unveiled its winter-spring 2012 lineup, which includes My Babysitter’s a Vampire, among others. Also on the TELETOON lineup is the animated/live-action series Mudpit, which features four teen musicians hoping to make it big in a cyber battle-of-the-bands. Additions to the lineup also include Detentionaire, about a ...

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