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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.
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.
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.