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BCE & Rogers Cleared for MLSE Purchase

OTTAWA: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved the sale of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) sports channels to Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) and Rogers Communications, which will inject C$7.5 million into the Canadian production industry for new content. The transaction is valued at C$1.32 billion. The ...

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Ryan St. Peters Promoted at Shaftesbury

TORONTO: Shaftesbury has elevated Ryan St. Peters to the newly expanded role of director of sales. In his new position, St. Peters will work under Shane Kinnear, the company’s senior VP of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for managing the strategies of U.S. and international sales, marketing and distribution ...

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Vegas, Elementary Lead Global’s Fall Slate

TORONTO: The fall prime-time lineup for Canada’s Global kicks off with the September 25 premiere of Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. Vegas, set in the 1960s, gets under way on September 25 at 10 p.m. The new drama Last Resort, from executive producer/writer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), follows ...

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CBC/Radio-Canada Lands Olympic Broadcast Rights for 2014, 2016

LAUSANNE: Canada’s national public radio and TV broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada has scored the rights for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the 2016 Olympiad. The current Canadian broadcast partner for the 2012 Games is Bell Globemedia/Rogers Media. CBC/Radio-Canada will hold rights across all platforms in all languages for the 2014 Games in ...

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CTV Renews Two Original Dramas

TORONTO: CTV has given the greenlight to a fourth season of The Listener, following a 14-percent audience gain in season three, and a second season of Saving Hope, Canada’s number one new series this summer. The broadcaster has given 13-episode orders for both shows. Shaftesbury’s The Listener is averaging 1.14 ...

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TV Business Boosts eOne Results

TORONTO: An expanding television business has been a key driver for Entertainment One this year, which reported a 16-percent gain in total revenues for the first quarter. In its interim management statement, eOne reported a 200-percent gain in television revenues. In Q1, the company delivered 67 half-hours of programming, with ...

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Bell Media Hails CRTC Ruling on Carriage Offer for Platforms

TORONTO: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is backing Bell Media’s final offer to a group of independent pay-TV platforms, following a dispute over the terms of a carriage deal for a portfolio of specialty channels. The Canadian Independent Distributors Group (CIDG) represents the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance, Cogeco ...

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Video Interview: Tricon’s Andrea Gorfolova

NEW YORK: Andrea Gorfolova, the president of Tricon Films & Television, talks to World Screen Newsflash in this video interview about some of the shifts she’s seen in the industry and how her company has stepped up to meet these challenges.   When Tricon Films & Television entered the marketplace ...

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W Network Reveals Fall Schedule

TORONTO: The fall 2012 programming lineup for Corus Entertainment’s W Network will consist of original series such as Come Dine with Me Canada, Love It or List It and Property Brothers. The previously mentioned shows will air on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Mondays at 10 p.m. and Tuesdays at 8 ...

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New Tween Series Coming to Family Channel

TORONTO: Canada’s Family Channel has commissioned Temple Street Productions’ new tween drama The Next Step. The network will air 26 30-minute episodes of the single-camera scripted tween drama about dancers from The Next Step Dance Studio who are trying to win a regional competition. Principal photography of the series recently ...

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