CNM Editorial

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.
 

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MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group has hired Susan Hummel to serve as VP television distribution for Canada. Based in Toronto, she will be responsible for distribution and sales of all MGM programming to stations in Canadian pay, basic cable, pay-per-view and free television markets. Hummel joins the company from Comedy Central in New York, where she most recently served as VP programming and acquisitions. She began her tenure at Comedy Central in 1999 as a director of programming and acquisitions.

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Corus acquires major stake in pay TV channel
Corus Entertainment Inc. has acquired a 50% stake in The Locomotion Channel, an action-oriented animation pay television service. The service, which targets young adults aged 18-35, is available in more than 27 countries and seven million homes throughout Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Corus purchased the interest from Claxson Interactive Group Inc. for US$10.5 million and a holdback in the event of certain economic changes that may impact revenue projections. The remaining 50% interest is held by The Hearst Corp., a diversified communications company.

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Awards season in Canada recognizes cross-country talent thriving in tough times

Awards shows in both Montreal and Toronto this month were a powerful reminder of the considerable talent, energy and passion that makes up the new media industry, even through a tough year. In Montreal, the National Animation and Design Centre (CentreNAD) honored graduates from its 2001 program on May 22 at the Théâtre du Gésu. In Toronto on May 27, the Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) fêted the industry’s most prominent advocates and entrepreneurs at the Bluma Appel Theatre. Canadian NEW MEDIA would like to thank the organizers of both events – the CentreNAD in Montreal and Delvinia Inc. in Toronto – for inviting it to participate.

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Law Society library ruling offers clarification on communication right

A May 14 ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal clarifies the right to communicate to the public by telecommunications by adding a new element of control until now missing from the jurisprudence. As part of its finding for legal text publishers CCH Canadian Ltd. (Carswell Thomson Professional Publishing) against the Law Society of Upper Canada, the appeal court found that if a party takes steps to facilitate communication, with the practical ability to control who gets what, no communication takes place.

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I.C.E. to develop video games for console market in addition to PC platform

I.C.E. Multimedia will soon end a five-month hiatus from developing video games and begin producing titles for the video game console market, Canadian NEW MEDIA has learned. While the company is keeping full details secret for another several weeks, company spokesperson Ron Vaillancourt confirms that the company would begin developing for the console market after assessing new market trends in favour of platforms such as the new Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube over slower sales in the personal computer market.

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CCOP dollars flow into education with Telus partnership deal announced at CNMAs

Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps ended months of speculation on May 27 by announcing that Telus Corp. would be the department’s chief e-learning partner. During the third annual Canadian New Media Awards in Toronto, Copps and Telus executive VP John Chang announced the creation of the new $5-million Canada-Telus New Media Learning Fund to funnel dollars into digital learning projects.

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Standard buys out partner Iceberg Media as radio webcaster gives up on markets

Iceberg Media.com Inc. is supporting a $1.3-million takeover by Standard Radio Inc. as the only alternative to shutting its doors. On May 22, the company announced that Standard would be tendering an offer to purchase all outstanding shares at $0.05 each, a measure already agreed to by Iceberg and partners Newfoundland Capital Corp. and Universal Studios Canada Ltd. It’s expected that CHUM Ltd., which owns 16.5% of Iceberg, will also tender its shares as part of the takeover.

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Deadlock on C-48 regulations prompts ministers to throw ball into CRTC court

Unable to break an impasse over regulations for proposed Bill C-48, the federal government has asked Parliament to pass the legislation without a final determination on whether Internet retransmission will or won’t be allowed. In return, Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps and Industry Canada minister Allan Rock have asked the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to take an active role in drafting regulations for approval about a year from now.

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