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Media Beat: September 11, 2017

HS Tiff Party

Hollywood Suite founders David Kines, Jay Switzer, Jeff Sackman, Catherine Tait held their annual TIFF client-appreciation party in the Grand Ballroom at the King Eddie in Toronto last Friday. Always an impressive gathering, guests included Paul Bronfman (William F. White Int.), Liona Boyd, Claude Galipeau (new Chief Revenue Officer at Toronto Star), Adam Ivers (Highway Entertainment), Michael Levine (Showbiz lawyer to EVERYONE!, Exec. Prod. Book of Negroes), Martin Katz (Prospero Pictures, Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television), Joe Tedesco (SVP DHX Television), Jim Nelles (Vintage TV), Gary Maavara (Big cheese, Corus Entertainment), Natalie Osborne (9 Story Media Group), Brian Stutz (Canadian Traffic Network), Chrissie Whalen (BBC), and entertainment manager Jake Gold.

New CRTC Chair issues his first official statement

It is an honour and a privilege to rejoin the CRTC as Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer. Much has changed since I was last here about nine years ago, and even more since I was a staff member in the early 1990s. The communications industry is in a state of constant transformation and so too is the important work of the CRTC.

We know that Canadians want fast, affordable and reliable Internet access. We know they want to have access to and be able to create high-quality and diverse content. We know they want to use applications and services on the devices of their choice. We know they desire the benefits that derive from competition, such as affordable prices and greater choice. We also know they want to be protected against spam and unwanted calls. Finally, we know that the Canadian communications industry is prepared to satisfy Canadians’ demand, but also want to earn a reasonable return on their investments.

The ongoing challenge for the CRTC is to identify and implement the regulatory rules and policies that will provide Canadians with the technology, content, and services they need and protect them against unwanted communications.

By definition, our role is to balance many competing interests, ideas and approaches while consistently fulfilling our statutory mandates. Put simply, our role is to regulate in the public interest. I look forward to this new challenge of ensuring that Canadians have access to a world-class communications system.

— Ian Scott, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC

CRTC decisions expected this week

An application by Radio communautaire Cornwall-Alexandria inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the French-language commercial radio station CHOD-FM Cornwall.

Applications by Ethnic Channels Group Limited to add Kino Polska International, Gametoon Box, Fastnfunbox, Filmbox Arthouse, FunboxUHD, and FASHIONBOX, to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution.

Filmatique launches in Canada during TIFF

The online streaming platform based in New York, and dedicated to up-and-coming directors and art house cinema, launched in Canada on Sept. 7 with a month-long focus on women in Norway, to be followed by the lens placed on emerging Canadian filmmakers. The service is priced at a nominal $4.95 per month. The first 1K subscribers are eligible for a 25% discount in the first quarter. The Canadian launch is part of an international expansion plan.

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