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CCI Promotes Rekha Shah

TORONTO: Rekha Shah has been appointed to the role of VP of distribution and co-production at CCI Releasing. Shah will manage CCI Releasing’s international library and the executive sales team. She will also work closely with co-chairmen Charles Falzon and Arnie Zipursky on the packaging of original content. “We welcome ...

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Launch Date Set for ABC Spark in Canada

TORONTO: Corus Entertainment’s new TV service ABC Spark is to launch across Canada on March 26. Starting January 16, YTV, W Network and CMT will air blocks of exclusive programming to be featured on ABC Spark. The channel will be available in Canada based on a license agreement with Disney/ABC ...

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eOne Lands Canadian Rights to Remstar Features

TORONTO/MONTREAL: Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a three-year distribution agreement with Remstar Films for the Canadian market. eOne will be the exclusive distributor of Remstar content, handling rights in all media in Canada. Remstar will handle all theatrical, VOD and French-language television rights in Quebec. “Remstar has built a ...

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Global Adds New Series to Midseason Grid

TORONTO: Global Television has unveiled its midseason lineup, featuring new dramas, including The Firm, as well as returning favorites. Global’s new six-part series Bomb Girls, starring Meg Tilly, will launch January 4 and profiles the experiences of five brave Canadian women who risk their lives working in a munitions factory ...

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CTV Picks Up Charlie Sheen’s New Series

TORONTO: Charlie Sheen’s new comedy Anger Management is heading to Canada, as Bell Media has acquired the exclusive Canadian multiplatform rights to the half-hour series for CTV from Debmar-Mercury. The former Two and a Half Men star returns to television in Anger Management, with production of the series to begin ...

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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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