EOne & The Weinstein Co Renew Output Deal In Canada

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 7:35am PDT

eone logoEntertainment One will continue to distribute The Weinstein Co‘s feature films in Canada through December 31, 2019 under an extended output deal. Following its acquisition of rival Alliance Films last year, eOne released TWC titles including … Read More »

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Canal Plus, Dailymotion Team To Launch Canal+ Canada VOD Platform

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 8:12am PDT

Leading French pay-TV operator Canal Plus is planting its first flag in Canada under this new deal with Dailymotion, Europe’s answer to YouTube. Canal+ Canada will launch in November as a VOD platform carrying original … Read More »

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UPDATE: Thailand, Canada Submit Films For Foreign Language Oscar As Deadline Nears

By | Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 2:53pm PDT

UPDATED 3:40 PM: Thailand has put up the psycho-thriller Countdown as its entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. Director Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya’s film revolves around three potheads who are tormented by a dealer (David Asavanond) in their New York apartment on New Year’s Eve.

PREVIOUSLY: Italy, Spain, Denmark and China are among the big territories yet to announce their submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar race as the October 1st deadline approaches. Canada, which has made a strong showing with the Academy in the past several years, chimed in today. The selection committee at Téléfilm Canada has chosen Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle to represent the country. Along with 2011′s Monsieur Lazhar and 2010′s Incendies, that scores a hat trick of films from Montréal-based production company micro_scope to have been annointed in the last four years. Both Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar and Prisoners‘ director Denis Villeneuve‘s Incendies went on to eventual nominations. (Last year’s Canadian entry, War Witch, produced by Item 7, was also a nominee.) Gabrielle is the story of a musically talented young woman suffering from Williams syndrome. When she falls in love with a fellow choir member, she seeks valiantly to prove her independence. Read More »

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Hot Featurette: Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominee ‘War Witch’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 9:55am PST
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Although Amour, which is also one of the rare Foreign Language nominees also to be simultaneously nominated for Best Picture, is a heavy betting favorite to be named this year’s Best Foreign Language Film, the field is a rich one with the final five coming from a … Read More »

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Canadian Fans Of Super Bowl Ads Spark Yearly Run On Antennas: Report

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 9:23pm PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

In both the U.S. and Canada, the Super Bowl is the biggest TV event of the year. But unlike Americans, a 2012 poll showed that more Canadians planned to watch the ads rather than the game itself. Unfortunately most of the big-budget commercials in Sunday’s game aren’t available to Canadian viewers. The result, according to CBC, is a yearly rush on TV antennas by Canadians living close to the US-Canada border. In the Great White North, stations pay a fee for the right to air the Super Bowl in individual markets. That fee doesn’t include the right to air ads from the U.S. broadcast (due to royalties issues, regional ad strategies and the way media is segregated between different countries). These stations sell their own ad time at a much cheaper rate. While the U.S. ads quickly appear online, Canadian regulations have created what Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called “almost third-world access” to the Internet. Extremely low data caps and huge fees for exceeding them make streaming video dicey for Canadians. The best option for people living close to the U.S. is to get a pair of rabbit ears and catch the signal from U.S. TV  stations.
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Will Canadian Pay TV Customers Soon Be Able To Buy Channels Individually?

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 1:37pm PDT

The country’s television regulators took a potentially big step in that direction on Friday — and it could reverberate in the U.S. where Big Media companies are determined to keep their lucrative pay TV packages intact. The Canadian … Read More »

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Canada Passes Major Overhaul of Copyright Protection Law

By | Tuesday July 3, 2012 @ 10:44am PDT

“This is the most comprehensive effort to modernize our copyright laws in over a decade,” James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, said about the country’s controversial new Copyright Modernization Act. The new law — also known as Bill C-11 — aligns Canada more closely with the World Intellectual Property Organization. The country’s long reluctance to update its anti-piracy laws made it a regular on the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual Priority Watch List. In February the International Intellectual Property Alliance said that Canada’s effort to combat piracy “falls far short of what should be expected of our neighbor and largest trading partner, with ineffective border controls, insufficient enforcement resources, inadequate enforcement policies, and a seeming inability to impose deterrent penalties on pirates.” Canada’s new law includes a provision that the U.S. strongly supported that makes it illegal for consumers to break so-called digital locks, including copy protection mechanisms on CDs and DVDs. It also increased the penalties for infringment: Read More »

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Interview Brad Pitt Or Kristen Stewart At Cannes? If You’re Canadian, It Will Cost You

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 6:19pm PDT

If you’re Canadian and you want to talk to Brad Pitt or Kristen Stewart at the Cannes Film Festival, be prepared to pay. Toronto’s Alliance Films has sent out a menu of prices to … Read More »

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Familiar Names On U.S. Piracy Watchlist As Online Theft On Rise

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 3:43pm PDT

The U.S. Trade Representative’s annual list of the countries on America’s official piracy radar was released today, with Spain and Malaysia dropping off the roster and Ukraine coming aboard. The highest Priority Watch List includes thirteen countries: Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The report says online piracy is “rapidly supplanting physical piracy in many markets around the world” and nowhere more so than in China, where 99% of all music downloads are illegal. Streaming sites with pirated content also have become the preferred venues to watch TV shows, movies, and live sports events. “Strong copyright protection and enforcement are vital to our industry’s ability to create U.S. jobs, grow our own economy, and expand U.S. exports,” MPAA chairman Chris Dodd said today in commending the Special 301 report. Read More »

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Canada’s CBC To Axe Hundreds Of Jobs By July

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 5:50pm PDT

Canada’s CBC Public Broadcasting announced today that 256 jobs, overseas news bureaus, and programs on both its TV and Radio services, would be lost due to government cutbacks and budget shortfalls. At the same time it is looking for … Read More »

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Canadian Govt Slashes CBC & NFB Funding; Layoffs Expected

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 6:55pm PDT

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) and the National Film Board of Canada are going to have to make do with 10% less. That’s the amount Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s budget cut Tuesday from the public broadcaster and the documentary agency. The CBC will lose $115 million, in Canadian dollars, from the $1.1 billion it currently receives from the Canadian government. Telefilm Canada will also see a 10% reduction in its budget.

The initial CBC cuts will take place over two years, with $27.8 million lost in 2012-2013 and then $69.9 million in 2013-2014. After 2014, $115 million will come out the broadcaster’s annual taxpayer subsidy. Government funding currently makes up 60% of the CBC’s overall revenue.

The NFB will lose $6.7 million a year until 2015. Telefilm Canada will lose $10.6 million.

While he made no reference to the CBC or NFB cuts in his budget speech, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty did say that, in aiming for a balanced budget by 2016, “we will implement moderate restraint in government spending.” The government is cutting $5.2 billion annually overall from its current expenditures of $276.1 billion.
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Canadian Telecom Giant BCE Agrees To $3.4B Deal For Pay TV Power Astral Media

By | Friday March 16, 2012 @ 10:29am PDT

The $3.4B deal, which includes debt, is one of the largest media mergers Canada has ever seen – and will significantly strengthen BCE’s clout in Quebec. With Astral, Canada’s top telecom company will add to its collection of pay TV channels (including The Movie Network and HBO Canada). Astral’s also the largest radio station owner, with 83 in 50 markets. And it’s the No. 3 billboard company. Astral’s shares, which trade in Toronto are up 34% at mid-day. Here are the terms:

MONTRÉAL, March 16, 2012 – BCE Inc. (Bell) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Montréal-based Astral Media Inc. (Astral) and its leading specialty and pay television channels, radio stations, digital media properties and out-of-home advertising platforms in Québec and across the rest of Canada. Greatly strengthening Bell’s competitive position in the important Québec media marketplace, this transaction directly supports Bell’s strategy of investment and innovation in broadband networks and content.

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‘Monsieur Lazhar’ Tops Canada’s Genie Awards

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 8:49pm PST

The French Canadian film that lost to Iran’s A Separation at last month’s Oscars, got partial compensation when it took home six Genie Awards Thursday night in Toronto, including best picture, best director (Philippe Falardeau) and best supporting actress (Sophie Nélisse). Monsieur Lazhar premiered domestically on January 20 at the Sundance Film Festival and is getting a limited release here on April 13. Vanessa Paradis took home best actress for Café de Flore, Viggo Mortensen took supporting actor honors and Howard Shore won for original score, both for A Dangerous Method, at the awards celebrating Canadian films.

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Report: Apple Plans iTV Launch In Canada

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 11:36am PST

Apple has approached Rogers Communications and Bell Canada Enterprises to determine their interest in becoming partners for a north-of-the-border launch of the much-rumored but still unconfirmed iTV, The Globe And Mail reports.  One of the paper’s unnamed sources … Read More »

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AMC Struggles To Sell Canadian Theaters As Backers Scramble For Cash

By | Friday December 2, 2011 @ 1:33pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: The Kansas City-based exhibition chain accounts for about 6% of Canada’s box office revenues — but I’m told that its eight theaters, with 184 screens, are a tough sell because they’re hemorrhaging cash. Cineplex Entertainment (with 66% of Canada’s box office) and Empire Theaters (a subsidiary of a supermarket chain that has 13%) are said to be kicking the tires on some of the properties, which collectively generated $70.3M in revenue in the year that ended in April 2010. But AMC’s huge multiplexes have expensive leases, and some are in competitive film zones where the stronger chains have an easier time landing the most popular new releases. AMC may find a bad deal for the venues better than the status quo. The company’s owners — several funds led by J.P. Morgan Partners and Apollo Management — are said to be desperate to recoup their investments. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Russia, Canada, Italy

Did Kremlin Have Its Hands On Russia’s Choice For Oscars?
Russian critics are blaming the Kremlin and lamenting the country’s choice for the best foreign-language film entry at the Oscars. The most expensive film in the nation’s history — Burnt by the Sun-2: Citadel — was chosen despite being a box-office bomb. It was directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, a close friend of prime minister Vladimir Putin. Even the selection panel’s chairman, Oscar-winning director Vladimir Menshov, refused to sign off on the vote in protest. “The decision was unfair,” he told a correspondent from the UK’s Telegraph. “It was extremely badly received by critics, its box office receipts collapsed and it had no international festival success.” There were at least two other films that were more deserving, he added. Citadel is a three-hour take on the Red Army’s battle against the Nazis starring Mikhalkov himself and is the third installment of an epic saga. The first film in the trilogy, Burnt by the Sun, won an Oscar for the best foreign-language film in 1995. But Mikhalkov raised eyebrows by then making a two-part sequel over a period of eight years at a combined cost of $54M. Read More »

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CBS Shows To Run North And South Of The Border On Netflix

By | Wednesday July 27, 2011 @ 7:10am PDT

CBS chief Les Moonves has said that his company would work with Netflix in other countries. Still, this deal confirms “CBS’ ability to successfully monetize its library,” says Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker, who forecasts it will add 6 cents to CBS’ earnings per share beginning next year.

NEW YORK and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – July 27, 2011 — CBS Corporation [NYSE: CBS.A and CBS] and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] today announced a two-year, non-exclusive international licensing agreement that will enable certain television shows from across CBS Corporation to be streamed instantly to Netflix subscribers in Canada and Latin America. The agreement follows a separate domestic deal announced between the two companies in February. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Beginning in September, and for only $7.99 a month, Netflix members in Canada will be able to enjoy both the current and complete back seasons for CW hit “90210,” as well as past seasons of critically lauded fan favorites from SHOWTIME such as “Californication,” “Dexter,” and “The United States of Tara.” Canadian members will also have access to a broad range of CBS library programming, including “Numb3rs,” “Sleeper Cell,” and “Twin Peaks.”

Netflix announced in early July that it would be launching in 43 countries across Mexico, South America and the Caribbean later this year. Under this new deal with CBS, previous seasons of series, including “90210,” “Medium,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Californication” and “Dexter,” will be available for Latin American members to watch instantly, as will a broad range of library titles, including the original “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Charmed,” and “Twin Peaks.”

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TOLDJA! Maple Pictures Sold To Alliance

BREAKING: Alliance Films Paying $38M For Maple Pictures; Most Of Maple Staff Expected To Be Let Go

Santa Monica, CA, Vancouver, BC, and Montreal, Quebec (June 23, 2011) – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Alliance Films, a leading Canadian distributor of motion pictures and television programming, announced that the Alliance group has agreed to purchase Lionsgate’s Canadian distributor Maple Pictures for approximately $38.5 million subject to a working capital adjustment. The announcement was made by Lionsgate President and Co-Chief Operating Officer Steve Beeks and Alliance President Charles Layton and remains subject to approval by Canadian regulatory authorities.

The Alliance group will acquire Maple and its film library and will assume responsibility for Maple’s exclusive five-year output deal with Lionsgate for Canadian distribution of Lionsgate’s motion picture and television product and Maple’s exclusive long-term arrangement for distribution of Lionsgate’s prestigious filmed entertainment library in Canada. Maple founders and Co-Presidents Laurie May and Brad Pelman will join the Alliance team.

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‘Easy A’ Producer Zanne Devine Launches Pacific Northwest Pictures

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT

Zanne Devine, who produced last year’s Screen Gems comedy Easy A, is launching Pacific Northwest Pictures, a multi-platform company that will acquire, produce and release films across numerous distribution platforms in Canada. It will be based in Vancouver; Devine was … Read More »

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