Cancon must keep pace with HDTV demand: Dalfen

CRTC chair Charles Dalfen presented the opening keynote, excerpts of which appear below, at this year’s Prime Time, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s annual event. In it, he urged Canadian producers to produce more content in high-definition broadcast formats.

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CCR People

Stephen Stohn and Daniel Weinzweig have joined the board of directors at Alliance Atlantis’ Movie Distribution Income Fund. Stohn, an entertainment lawyer, is perhaps best known for his role as executive producer of the popular Degrassi: The Next Generation television franchise as well as the annual Juno Awards. He is a founder partner at Toronto’s Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP legal firm, as well as a director of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Canadian Retransmission Collective. At various turns a songwriter and proprietor of one of the first Internet cafes in Toronto, Stohn also serves as counsel for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (SOCAN).
Weinzweig, meanwhile, is a managing partner at Searchlight Recruitment Inc. in Toronto and has more than three decades’ experience in the entertainment industry, most recently serving as senior client partner at another recruitment firm, Korn/Ferry International, working with both North American and UK industries. Prior to that, he was CEO of London-based Mayfair Entertainment International, a film and TV distributor. Weinzweig is also known for his role as founder and president of Norstar Entertainment, a Canadian-based distributor, as well as his part in the creation of the Motion Picture Institute of Canada. He has served on the federal government’s Roth/Raymond Film Industry Task Force and the board of Lions Gate Films, UK Ltd., and is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television as well as the advisory board of the British Independent Film Awards.

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CCR Short Takes

Applications for radio licenses in Calgary, Lethbridge being heard now
The CRTC is holding public hearings in Calgary between February 21 and March 3 to consider applications for radio broadcasting licences in the Calgary area and Lethbridge. The commission is hearing applications from Touch Canada Broadcasting Inc., CHUM Ltd., Evanov Radio Group Inc., Calgary Independent Broadcast Group Inc., Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Ltd., Rawlco Radio Ltd., Harvard Broadcasting Inc., Newcap Inc., Tiessen Media Inc., Golden West Broadcasting Ltd., and Vista Radio Ltd., among others. The hearings are being held at the Metropolitan Conference Centre and can be heard live on the CRTC’s website.

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Amtelecom to improve cable operations following People’s acquisition

The head of Amtelecom says the firm’s recent acquisition of People’s Communications Inc. will not only allow the telecom and cable TV provider to round out coverage for voice and data telephony services, but will help it beef up some of its cable operations.

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Digital TV stakes raised in Q3 2005

Digital television services added nearly a quarter of a million new subscribers in the third quarter of 2005, but the race appears to be more or less an even heat between satellite distributors and their cableco counterparts at present.

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Toshiba exec paints detailed picture of HDTV problems

Styling himself as a necessary thorn in the broadcast industry’s side, a Canadian Toshiba executive says digital TV providers are doomed to fail in the HDTV market if they don’t get their act together.

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HDTV set sales soaring, but Cancon still scarce

High definition television was high on the agenda at this year’s Prime Time conference, an annual event hosted by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA).

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