Introducing 50° North Productions

(Via PRNewswire) 50° North Productions, a Canadian television and film studio with full in-house production capability, opens today in Vancouver. It’s a project of the McLean Group’s Vancouver Film Studios (“VFS”) and EveryWhere Studios of Sherman Oaks, California. A media release outlines the advantages of the arrangement: “This partnership creates a unique opportunity to unify the […]

4K to the Fore — But First, Movie Night

(Via PRNewswire) Rideau Hall Movie Nights are back this summer, on June 29th and 30th. Film selections aren’t announced yet, but there’ll be one each in English and French. It’s outdoors, free, and includes popcorn. (Via CNW) Bell Media has announced its commitment to have all its original scripted series made in 4K. This makes […]

Modernization or Montrealization?

Groupe TVA ‘s plans to make its Rimouski, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières news broadcasts available in HD — moving some of the operations to Montréal in the process — was denounced by the staff’s union as “Montrealization”, being used as  a cover to cut jobs in the region. But the company has responded that “only certain […]

Festivals and Awards This Summer

The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) is celebrating its 40th anniversary by adding $1 million (US) to its cash awards for the films competing. “No other festival in the world rewards its best films in that material way,” says MWFF Chairman Serge Losique. They’re calling it a Golden Chelem of World Cinema (chelem is French […]

Afroglobal Launches Channel (with Video)

(Via CNW) Afroglobal Television is broadcasting on Rogers Cable as of Tuesday (Channel 708), with the goal of bringing viewers “exceptional programming focused on Africa and the Diaspora”, according to a media release. The 24-hour global superchannel is based in Toronto. “Canada offers a diverse, multicultural landscape and there is great appetite for the kind […]