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In the news: Festival yields deals

Sean Davidson of Playback reports on the deals made at the 2007 Banff World Television Festival:

  • Pitches pay off at Banff
    “The 28th Banff festival drew some 1,450 attendees, according to organizers, and shepherded a number of other deals, including a signing for the 13 x 30 teen sitcom Less Than Kind, from Breakthrough Films and Television and Buffalo Gal Pictures for CHUM. Breakthrough and Silver Tip Pictures also agreed to shoot a pilot, Easton Meets West, for CBC. Other deals announced at the closing of the festival include the 13 x 30 World’s Greenest Homes for HGTV Canada and the U.K.’s Discovery Green Planet from Cineflix Productions. HGTV also ordered a pilot for The Stagers from Vancouver’s Paperny Films.”

In the news: ACTRA protests lack of Canadian shows

Marc Lostracco of the Torontoist reports on the ACTRA protest:

  • ACTRA Pickets Network Upfronts
    “The Canadian networks say they are investing significantly in domestic shows, pointing to Painkiller Jane (SciFi Channel), The Jon Dore Show (Comedy Network), Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC), Corner Gas (CTV) and the upcoming ‘Da Kink In My Hair (Global). CTV didn’t announce any new Canadian programming at Monday’s upfront. Global also recently launched the first season of The Best Years, through the show’s Yanna McIntosh, who plays school counsellor Ms. Dymond, was on the picket line. Actors Wendy Crewson, Gordon Pinsent and Colin Mochire also participated in the ACTRA protest.”