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TVO’s 8 over-the-air transmitters will continue to send signals

From a media release:

TVO has announced it will continue to transmit free broadcast signals across 8 over-the-air transmitters in OttawaBellevilleThunder BayChathamCloyneKitchenerLondon, and Windsor.

Based on feedback from these communities, from loyal TVO viewers and donors, and others, the announcement confirmed TVO will continue to maintain the transmitters.  TVO had previously announced a plan to decommission the transmitters, which would have resulted in an annual savings of $1 million required by TVO to meet its current financial targets.

“We listened to the concerns of people who rely on over-the-air transmission to enjoy TVO programming and we consulted with our primary funding partner, the Government of Ontario, about the concerns we heard. That resulted in the government’s decision to flow an additional $1 million to TVO to ensure we can continue to operate the transmitters, while still meeting our commitments to strategic priorities of digital learning and high-quality current-affairs journalism,” said TVO Chief Executive Officer Lisa de Wilde.

“We heard that Ontarians value TVO’s dynamic educational programming and our government is pleased to take this step to ensure that TVO will continue to be accessible over-the-air in these communities,” said Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.

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Link: Rogers Community TV suspends some Toronto production, lays off 10

From Greg O’Brien of Cartt.ca:

Link: Rogers Community TV suspends some Toronto production, lays off 10
Rogers Media today told employees it will cease community cable TV production at its Toronto facility at 855 York Mills Road.

A total of 10 positions have been eliminated with the move and all programming produced there has been cancelled. Continue reading.

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CTV Greenlights New Detective Series for 2017/18 Slate

From a media release:

– New 10 episode one-hour drama produced by renowned Canadian producer Ilana Frank’s ICF Films (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE) with Entertainment One (eOne) in association with CTV –
– The series is currently in pre-production with casting underway, set to begin production in Spring 2017 –

CTV announced today that it has greenlit a new 10 episode, one hour detective series for the networks 2017/18 programming slate. The currently untitled ensemble drama series is from Ilana Frank, the producer behind hit CTV series SAVING HOPE. Casting for the series is currently underway with production set to begin this spring.

The new drama centres on two female detectives. Together they work to solve the challenging cases of the major crimes unit while navigating the realities of their very real and relatable personal lives.

The series was developed by Ley Lukins who serves as Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer with Adam Pettle. Other writers include Sandra Chwialkowski, Adriana Maggs, Naledi Jackson, Sarah Goodman, and Hayden Simpson. Executive Producers are ICF’s Ilana Frank (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), John Morayniss, and Linda Pope, with co-executive producers Jocelyn Hamilton and Sonia Hosko.

The series is produced by ICF Films with eOne in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.

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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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