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Jul 11, 2014 — News Article

Even the content creators are stealing content by Simon Houpt

Columnist discusses those who make their living from the content-creation economy and yet think it’s fine to steal content that somebody else created.

Jul 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC wants 'Netflix tax'

In a submission to the CRTC, CBC argues any "over-thetop" streaming service, such as U.S.-based Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada, should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

CBC: Netflix Should Pay Tax To Subsidize CanCon by Daniel Tencer

In a submission to a CRTC review of Canadian TV regulations, the public broadcaster argues that any “over-the-top” streaming service, such as Netflix, that earns more than $25 million a year in Canada should be required to pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Jul 7, 2014 — News Article

Canadian producers renew call for Netflix Canada tax by Etan Vlessing

Canadian indie producers have used media regulator the CRTC’s current Let’s Talk TV consultation to renew their call for Netflix Canada to subsidize local Canadian content production.

Jun 13, 2014 — News Article

MuchMusic an unwitting victim of its own success by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that while the magnitude of MuchMusic’s problems are unusual, its struggles reflect some of the hurdles the domestic TV industry faces in adapting to a wave of foreign competition.

May 26, 2014 — News Article

Follow the money: Canadian TV really is a racket by John Doyle

Columnist says that the broad story of Canadian TV, as it is understood by many, is that the CBC gets about $1-billion from the public to fund its endeavours and commercial broadcasters get little or nothing while taking risks to deliver any Canadian content, but that isn't true.

May 3, 2014 — News Article

WATCH: Rob Ford joke gets laughs at White House Correspondents’ Dinner by John R. Kennedy

Comedian plays up how tax credits for film and television bring  jobs to cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Vancouver again.

Apr 2, 2014 — News Article

A New Story from Attawapiskat by Lisa Charleyboy

Program trains young journalists in remote First Nation communities to report their community's news.

Mar 9, 2014 — News Article

John Doyle on Canadian TV: the good, the bad and the weird by John Doyle

Columnist offers 10 observations and thoughts about the Canadian TV industry.

Jan 14, 2014 — News Article

Telefilm Canada invests $3.7M in five feature films by Julianna Cummins

Telefilm Canada announces a $3.7 million investment in five feature films – two in English and three in French – through the Canada Feature Film Fund for the second quarter of 2013-2014.

Jan 13, 2014 — News Article

Avi Federgreen unveils IndieCan $10K film challenge by Etan Vlessing

Film distributor Avi Federgreen is giving eight filmmakers key industry mentorship and services if they can make their first film a feature shot for under $10,000 by the end of 2014.

Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post

What a year!

Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed. 

Dec 2, 2013 — News Article

Rogers Doc & Cable Fund doles out $3.15M by Nick Krewen

In its latest round of funding, Rogers has announced that 11 projects will share $3,158,790 in equity investment via its Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.

Nov 5, 2013 — News Article

Studio behind Happy Tree Friends turning to Canada for next big idea by Simon Houpt

Mondo Media, producer of the YouTube hit Happy Tree Friends, is teaming up with Toronto-based Blue Ant Media for a $3-million project to turn up to 30 pitches from Canadian writers and producers into pilots for shows.

Aug 7, 2013 — News Article

Global’s fall TV schedule includes no original Canadian programming by Daniel Bettridge

Columnist says until we’ve weaned ourselves off of their American counterparts, then Canadian networks will be unlikely to stump up the cash to produce quality original programming of our own.

Jun 27, 2013 — News Article

UPDATED (3): Commission approves Bell/Astral takeover - with 13 conditions; boosts benefits by $72M by Greg O’Brien

Columnist says the CRTC has approved the $3.2 billion purchase of Astral Media by BCE Inc., but Bell’s regulatory people have a large amount paperwork to file before July 29th in order to satisfy the various conditions of the approval.

Jun 27, 2013 — News Article

CRTC Approves BCE's $3.4 Billion Takeover of Astral Media by Etan Vlessing

The regulator rejected an earlier bid for approval of the transaction, but agreed this time after the phone giant agreed to sell off assets and invest more money in Canadian content.

Jun 27, 2013 — News Article

CRTC grants exception allowing Bell to keep TSN 690

CRTC says TSN 690 must maintain English all-sports format for seven years.

Apr 6, 2013 — News Article

Outside the box by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the golden age of cable is reaching new heights, pushing audiences to different platforms and transforming what, and how, we watch.

Mar 26, 2013 — News Article

First Nations filmmakers use business skills, social media savvy to bring TV shows to niche markets by Jenny Lee

Columnist says it’s a tiny niche in an otherwise troubled industry, but B.C.-based aboriginal filmmakers are busy and working.