Issues, Rights, and Stills — News for St. Patrick’s Day 2016

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Creative Producer Vinay Virmani and Anita Rau Badami, Author. (CNW Group/Firsttake Entertainment)

(Via CNW) The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) will be the single point of contact for unresolved issues with communications service providers –– TV, Internet, wireless, and landline — the CRTC has just announced. All licensed TV providers will have to become members by September 1st. With the new requirement to offer “skinny” basic cable, plus the pay per channel rule taking effect in December, there are bound to be issues between providers and customers.

(Via PRNewswire) Firsttake Entertainment has acquired the film rights for Anita Rau Badami’s 2000 book The Hero’s Walk. In keeping with the company’s mission to make “movies with a distinctive Canadian flavour that resonates around the world”, the novel tells the story of a man in India who must take in his Canadian-born granddaughter after her mother’s death. To learn more about it, watch CBC’s Canada Reads on March 21-24.

(Via 24-7PressRelease) Publicity stills, key art for posters and other promo materials, behind-the-scenes shots of cast and crew during a production — all these have an important role, says Vancouver’s Erin Simkin, a leading photographer for editorials, portraits, branded campaigns and film productions. The stills have to “tell the story of the film so that anyone who looks at it will be able to infer some kind of narrative.” Ms. Simkin worked on Gridlocked (2015) and more recently Lower Bay (due to release in 2017).







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