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Link: Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV

From Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV
But the broadcasting system that the CRTC oversees wasn’t actually established to enrich Canadian television consortiums or American producers and rights holders; nor even to get Canadians’ cheap and easy access to U.S. content. It was established to get them access to quality Canadian content and the real problem with the Super Bowl fuss is that it distracts from discussions about how Canadian programming is to be funded in the future and how Canadians will find it. Continue reading. 

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Link: Jon Dore got his comedy chops by conquering “Everest”

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Jon Dore got his comedy chops by conquering “Everest”
“Bill,” said Jon Dore — right into the mic on my digital recorder so I would hear it many months later– “when you are listening to this back, put ‘The Story of Everest’ into  YouTube. It changes everything.”

Dore, who is back Friday nights on HBO Canada with new episodes of Funny as Hell, was talking about the moment he realized there weren’t just three rules to comedy, or a golden pyramid of funny, or whatever else might have been taught at comedy school. Continue reading. 

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Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Stephane Ouaknine

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Link: Women Behind Canadian TV: Stephane Ouaknine
“Producers are continually faced with an avalanche of compromises, and my job is to work through these and decide which compromises are acceptable for the show and which ones aren’t. Then of course, there’s all the outreach, distribution, and release strategy we work on with the amazing team at Shaftesbury/Smokebomb. When we’re not in heavy pre–production, I’m working on developing new projects.” Continue reading.

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Link: Sinking Ship and Corus developing comedy series

From Sara Alessi of WorldScreen:

Link: Sinking Ship and Corus developing comedy series
Sinking Ship Entertainment and Corus Entertainment have entered into a development deal for the comedy series 4Player.

Created by Vivieno Caldinelli and Mark De Angelis, 4Player is a single-camera sitcom for kids ages 8 to 12. It follows a rag-tag group of teenage gamers who are great at video games but are “all thumbs” when it comes to everything else in life. Continue reading.

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Vice Studio Canada and Rogers Media announce start of production on FUBAR

From a media release:

VICE Studio Canada and Rogers Media today announced the start of production on their second original scripted series for VICELAND – FUBAR. Taking the beloved film franchise and hurtling it into the modern age, the eight-part, half-hour series, currently filming in Montreal, reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. FUBAR is slated to premiere in 2017 on VICELAND, with full broadcast details to be announced at a later date.

The series opens with Terry (Lawrence) and Dean (Spence) fleeing from the wildfires of Fort McMurray, in a desperate retreat to Calgary, with nothing but emergency government debit cards to their names. Discovering high-speed Internet for the first time, Terry is exposed to a world of commerce and social media and attempts to harness the web to make a profit. Meanwhile, Dean embarks on a journey to record a triple-concept album, using his burnt bass guitar and no-nuts falsetto voice.

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