CNM Update

Monday, February 28, 2005

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CCR People

Len Pendergast has joined the Independent Film Financing Inc. as VP. He will oversee all aspects of accessing and administering global incentives on behalf of its clients and will be responsible for sourcing and implementing new business opportunities for IFF and Los Angeles-based Comerica Entertainment Group. Most recently, Pendergast was director of tax credits for the Ontario Media Development Corp.

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CCR Short Takes

Corus, Astral confirm radio swap with the CRTC
Corus Entertainment filed confirmation on February 4 that it agreed with CRTC conditions surrounding a swap of radio properties with Astral Media. Astral submitted its confirmation of the deal on February 8, the CRTC announced on February 22. (Broadcasting Decision 2005-15-1). The CRTC stated that the two parties had 30 days to confirm the deal, with the CRTC conditions, from the date of the decision on the matter, which was issued on January 21. When the decision was rendered, Corus said that it needed time to evaluate it, but later stated it would agree to the terms, which included higher levels of Canadian content on the radio stations it was acquiring in the transaction (CCR Update, Feb. 7/05, CCR, Jan. 28/05).

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International markets eyed by renamed Banff World TV Festival, says Montgomery

The annual television festival is putting more of a focus on international players, and is expanding into new program areas such as reality television, news and lifestyle programming, according to Achilles Media principal Robert Montgomery. With its new name the Banff World Television Festival, he says that the June 12-15 event will also offer more opportunities for peer-to-peer and face-to-face sessions whereby creators and broadcasters can network.

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Liberal Canada allows for riskier sex scenes in homegrown productions: CFTPA panel

Canada’s more liberal attitudes are allowing producers here to push the envelope more than Americans when it comes to depicting sex on television, agreed panelists at the "Is TV Getting Too Sexy?" session at a producer’s conference earlier this month. During the session held at the Canadian Television and Film Production Association (CFTPA) annual conference, the panelists stated though that the sex scenes always had to be integral to the storyline. They didn’t touch on the fact that sex also normally helps draw audiences.

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Budget ignores CTF, industry requests for tax credit increases, but is good to CBC

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Industry Canada announces consultation on ultra-wideband technology

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