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Agnes Poirier

  • United Kingdom - Making film history


    He has been awake since 5.30am and is now, six hours later, roaring his lines for the 11th time in the marble-columned ballroom of Kedleston Hall in rural Derbyshire. Yet the delivery of his political monologue is flawless. UK actor Simon McBurney is the kind of supporting actor that big-budget productions, such as The Duchess, love.
  • Producer tells Toronto 'to get a lid' on SARS


    Toronto's production industry is reaching a crisis point as the beleaguered city contemplates an ongoing battle against SARS. Producer Don Carmody, who is scheduled to begin production of Resident Evil: Apocalypse on Aug. 11, told Screen International that if the city can't "get a lid on" its SARS situation, "they can kiss production goodbye, including my own."
  • The Italian Job


  • Film Movement takes Shum's Long Life


    New York-based Film Movement has taken all US rights to Mina Shum's Long Life, Happiness And Prosperity. The film is set for limited theatrical release in the autumn and through Film Movement's subscription-based DVD film club.
  • Canadian cinema to enjoy worldwide roadshow


    The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) is expanding its Film Circuit initiative beyond Canada, backing events in Europe, Egypt and Mexico and three events in the US.
  • Imax, CAA extend project hunting agreement


    Imax Corp. said it is extending its March 2002 agreement with CAA.
  • Montreal festival deprived of 'A-list' status


    The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) has lost its prestigious Category 1 (colloquially referred to as "A-list") accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).
  • MGM, Rogers sign VOD pact


    MGM Home Entertainment and Rogers Cable have signed an agreement that will see some of the studio's pictures on the Canadian cable company's VOD service.
  • Alliance Atlantis plans Foolproof Canadian release


    Alliance Atlantis plans to release its fully-financed caper picture Foolproof on 225 screens on Oct. 3, the widest-ever release for an English-Canadian film.
  • Film Council, BBC, NFB team for $2.6m feature doc fund


    The UK's Film Council and the BBC have partnered with Canada's National Film Board (NFB) to create a $2.6m (Euros 2.1m) fund dedicated to the production of feature-length documentaries for theatrical release.
  • The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares)


  • 3D films enter new box office dimension


    TwoImax large-format 3D films, T-Rex: Back To The Cretaceous and Space Station, passed box office milestones this week, havingearned $75m and $50m respectively.
  • Toronto Festival puts Brazil in spotlight


    The cinema of Brazil has been selected for the NationalCinema programme at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, Sept.4-13.
  • CanWest dumps Firestone as Fireworks fizzles


    Money-losing Fireworks Entertainment has a new leader,following the departure Monday of founding president and CEO Jay Firestone fromparent company CanWest Global Communications.
  • Nordic films dominate Toronto children's festival


    Finnish filmmakerKlaus Haro's Elina continued its winning ways, taking theYoung People's Jury Award at the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festivalfor Children, which wrapped this weekend.
  • Toronto breathes again after WHO warning rescinded


    The World HealthOrganisation yesterday lifted its travel advice against non-essential travel toToronto, effective today. It is a welcome relief for Canada'slargest production centre, which was bracing for a collapse of US productions.The city suffered an instantaneous downturn in tourism and convention businesswhen WHO posted the advice April 23. As of April 28 (Monday), only one featurefilm shooting in Toronto, Miramax's Shall We Dance, had decided to change locations based ...
  • Ghosts Of The Abyss


  • Matrix sequels get domestic IMAX releases


    Upcoming Warner Brosblockbuster Matrix Reloaded andNovember release The Matrix Revolutions, the second and third films in the Wachowski Brothers' trilogy,will be released in large-format Imax cinemas in North America and, potentially,internationally.
  • Toronto Film Festival announces 'Festival Centre' complex


    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival Group (TIFFG) today (Tues) launched its new initiative to createFestival Centre, a film complex in Toronto located on the corner of King andJohn Streets which will consist of a five-storey podium building and aresidential condominium development.
  • Alliance Atlantis renews pact with Miramax till 2006


    Toronto-based AllianceAtlantis and has renewed its long-standing sub-distribution pact with MiramaxFilms. The all-rights, all-media deal encompasses all Miramax and Dimensionproduct through December 2006.
  • New HQ planned for Toronto film festival


    The Toronto International Film Festival has plans to construct its own headquarters and cinema.
  • Blockbuster faces Canadian lawsuit over late fees


    Dallas-basedvideo rentailer Blockbuster may be facing a class-action suit in Quebec overits late fee policies after a judge granted class status to a group ofBlockbuster customers in the province.
  • Alliance Atlantis cuts 33 jobs, relocates Sussman


    Alliance Atlantis is cutting 33 jobs from its production arm and relocating its main Los Angeles-based executive to Toronto.
  • Comandante


  • DreamWorks considering Cinar acquisition


    DreamWorks SKG is one of several companies pondering the purchase of troubled Canadian animation house Cinar Corp, according to a report in Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper.
  • More Canadian tax bacon for producers


    Hot on the heels of a hike in the federal production labour-based tax credit, the Canadian province of British Columbia has sweetened its own tax credit lure.
  • Canada to boost production tax incentive by 45%


    Canada's federal government will boost the production tax incentive, which has made it so attractive to foreign producers, by 45%.
  • Ararat wins five out of nine at Canada's Genies


    Canada's Genie Awards wereevenly distributed across the nominees, with no film dominating the majorprizes which were handed out last night. Atom Egoyan's Ararat, nominated for nine awards, was the leader in thefinal tally, with five statuettes including Best Picture and Best Actress forArsinee Khanjian. Director Atom Egoyan was not nominated although as one of thefilm's producers he does receive a statuette. Egoyan was not there to accept itas he is presiding over the international ...
  • Runaway production down in Canada in 2001/2


    Canada is lessattractive to so-called runaway production, with 10% fewer feature filmproduction dollars spent in the country in 2001-2002. According to the annualreport of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA),foreign theatrical location production dropped 10% to C$737m (US$484m). Overallforeign location production, including TV fare, was off only slightly, withaggregate spending down by C$2m to C$1.8bn (US$1.18bn). Production was down inBritish Columbia, the ...
  • Owning Mahowny


  • Ontario passes Breillat's Fat Girl uncut


    Catherine Breillat'scontroversial Fat Girl will bereleased uncut in Ontario, more than a year after its initial rejection by theCanadian province's censors. The film, which has screened uncut in severalother provinces, was waylaid in November 2001 by the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB),which objected to the depiction of sexual activity by minors and sought anumber of cuts. Distributors Cowboy Pictures and Lions Gate Films appealed theOFRB's decision to the Ontario Superior Court ...
  • Masked And Anonymous


  • Trainspotting sequel has problems with E


    Other than the original cast's lack of ageing, the sequel to 1996 runaway hit Trainspotting is taking shape, said director Danny Boyle at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • It's All About Love


  • Sundance Channel launches US theatrical initiative


    TheSundance brand will make its theatrical debut in the US, as The SundanceChannel announced yesterday that it will launch a film series that will seefour features released in at least ten major US markets from August throughNovember 2003. Similar in spirit to the film series launched by now-defunct ...
  • Canada's Keith Behrman to get Genie Award for best debut film


    Canadian filmmaker Keith Behrman will receive the award for best debut feature at the 23rd annual Genie Awards on Feb 13.
  • Soft Money - Canada


  • Alliance Atlantis, Focus Features renew distribution deal


    Toronto-based Alliance Atlantis and Universal's boutique outfit Focus Features have agreed to renew their distribution agreement to December 31, 2005.
  • Toronto critics hail Adaptation


    SpikeJonze's Adaptation has beennamed the best film of 2002 by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), with Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love and Alfonos Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien as runners-up.
  • Telefilm Canada tightens funding screws


    The number ofCanadian film production companies that can qualify for public box officesubsidies is being dramatically reduced under new guidelines just issued byTelefilm Canada.
  • New Line, Alliance Atlantis renew vows till 2005


    Alliance Atlantis and NewLine Cinema have renewed their long-running subdistribution deal that sees theUS company's output released through the Canadian company'sreleasing arm. The deal, first signed in 1989, covers all New Line and FineLine motion pictures in all media in Canada and runs until Dec. 31, 2005.
  • Analyze That


  • Genie nominations honour Ararat but not Egoyan


    Atom Egoyan's epic-scale Ararat has garnered nine Canadian Genie Award nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture, but the man himself was bypassed for a Best Direction nomination as candidates for Canada's major film prize were announced.
  • Co-production markets offer new hope for independent film finance


    Market consolidation, the collapse of pay-TV prices and reductions in state subsidies are just three reasons why co-production markets are booming.
  • Alliance Atlantis rolls with Foolproof


    Ryan Reynolds and David Suchet are set to star in William Phillip's Foolproof. The film is produced by Alliance Atlantis and Atom Egoyan's Ego Film Arts. The film also stars Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky, James Allodi and David Hewlett. It is the second feature of writer/director Phillips, whose debut Treed Murray premiered at the Toronto festival in 2001. It was nominated for five Canadian Genie Awards and won two but did little business. Peter Sussman, CEO, AAC ...
  • Deepa Mehta named CineAsia director of the year


  • Alliance Atlantis film activities boost second quarter


    Toronto-basedAlliance Atlantis announced strong second quarter results for its distributionarm, the Motion Picture Group (MPG), which delivered nearly half of thequarter's $160m (C$252m) in revenue for the period ending Sept. 20. TheMPG's $76.2m revenue was up more than 50% from the same time last ...
  • Ararat takes highest screen average crown


    Atom Egoyan's Ararat scored the highest screen average of films on release in North America last weekend.
  • Lovely & Amazing results for Lions Gate


    Driven by a 53% margin in its motion picture business, Lions Gate Entertainment (LGE) has reported a 30% increase in second quarter revenue over the same period last year, from $59.7m to $77.8m. Six-month figures were better still, with revenues up 64% from $104.9m in 2001 to $172.1m this year. The company continues to pay down its debt ; yesterday it announced a transaction involving the sale of its 45% equity interest in Mandalay Pictures from which it expects to generate $7.5m.
  • Telefilm Canada backs pair of French-language projects


    Telefilm Canada is to finance two Quebec features, both in French. The investments constitute the third round of the selective component of the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF). Littoral, by playwright/director Wajdi Mouawad, is a majority Canada-France (70%-30%) coproduction, produced by Montreal-based Les Productions E.G.M and Paris-based Films de Cinema. The film is described as a dreamlike story of a young man who discovers his father and his identity on a journey ...
  • NBC buys Bravo for $1.25 billion


    US television network NBC has acquired US cable channel Bravo for $1.25bn in stock and cash, ending months of speculation.
  • Crabe Dans La Tete joins Oscar race for Canada


    Andre Turpin's Un Crabe Dans La Tete has been selected as Canada's entry for the Best Foreign Language film at next year's Academy Awards.
  • Grosvenor Park to open Paris, Dublin offshoots


    Toronto- and London-based film financier Grosvenor Park will open offices in Paris and Dublin, cementing its expansion into European film financing - and reflecting its increasing involvement in projects that have no financial ties with Canada.
  • Imax, Regal sign five screen deal, settle Edwards suit


    Toronto-based Imax Corp. has signed an agreement with US exhibitor Regal Entertainment Group to install giant screen systems at Regal's recently-acquired subsidiary circuits, four in its Edwards Theatres facilities and one in an United Artists facility.
  • Loews Cineplex postpones IPO


    Back from the brink of bankruptcy, exhibitor Loews Cineplex has postponed its planned $300m initial public offering, citing unfavourable market conditions.
  • Montreal World Film Festival gets competitive


    In an effort to boost its profile on the international festival circuit, the Montreal World Film Festival is transforming several of its programmes into competitive sections, complete with cash prizes. As a result the festival will be selecting far fewer feature films, from more than 200 at the 2002 event to less than 150 next year.
  • Canada gets its first subscription-based video-on-demand service


    Shaw Communicatons and Corus Entertainment are launching Canada's first subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) service.
  • Vancouver festival audience bowled over by Columbine


    Michael Moore's anti-gun documentary Bowling For Columbine has won the audience award at the 21st annual Vancouver International Film Festival.
  • Imax makes giant screen leap into South America


    Giant screen entertainment company Imax Corp has made its first foray into South America, signing agreements to build four theatres, two each in Chile and Ecuador.
  • Rare Birds soars at first annual Directors Guild of Canada awards


    Sturla Gunnarrsson's Rare Birds took four prizes as the Directors Guild of Canada launched its first annual awards in Toronto.
  • NBC ponders $1.2bn purchase of Bravo network


    US broadcastinggiant NBC is said to be pondering the takeover of Bravo, the arts andentertainment cable network that was a pioneer in showing US independent andsubtitled foreign films on American television.
  • Cabin Fever


  • Whale Rider


  • The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro)


  • Cronenberg, Sokurov take top honours at Toronto


    Local hero David Cronenberg and Russian Ark director Alexandr Sokurov won the major adjudicated prizes as the Toronto International Film Festival wrapped its 27th edition.
  • Cronenberg, Sokurov, Caro take top honours at Toronto


    Local hero David Cronenberg and Russian Ark director Alexandr Sokurov won the major adjudicated prizes as the Toronto International Film Festival wrapped its 27th edition.
  • Equinox names Yves Dion vice president of distribution


    Montreal-based distributor Equinox Entertainment has appointed industry veteran Yves Dion to the position of vice-president of distribution.
  • TVA takes local rights to Rhombus Media's current slate


    TVA Films has picked up Canadian rights to new films from three major Canadian filmmakers, Francois Girard, Don McKellar and Guy Maddin, representing the entire production slate of Toronto-based Rhombus Media.
  • Toronto Comment - Canada's Five Per Cent Solution


    Unless you're in "the industry," you probably don't read film trade magazines. Sure, you know about the weekly "Box Office Top 10" that runs in your newspaper's entertainment column, and that it currently lists such films as Signs and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.But you probably don't know the stats regarding Canadian films at the box office: there's no easy reference guide because, frankly, no one is eager to talk about it.
  • Montreal to get yet another major film studio


    Montreal is set to be home to another major film studio development, a $25.6m (C$40m) full-service facility backed by Los Angeles-based WonderWorks Entertainment Group, Avondale Pictures and Quebec architectural firm Smith & Koenka.
  • Vancouver film festival launches screenwriting prize


    The 21st Vancouver International Film Festival is to introduce a new local screenwriter's cash award.
  • Alliance Atlantis records dip in first quarter profit


    Alliance Atlantis Communications recorded a lower first quarter profit due to weaker results in its broadcast division. In a statement the company said that while its first fiscal quarter is historically its most modest, this was compounded by severance payments for the 37 full-time positions cut earlier in the year, as well as a $1.9m (C$3m) production financing non-fulfilment payment to Robert Lantos's Serendipity Point Pictures.
  • Wedding makes big fat impact at Canadian box-office


  • Festival brims with high-profile world premieres


    The 27th Toronto International Film Festival has announced another slew of world premieres, including titles from such leading filmmakers as Joel Schumacher, Neil Jordan, Robert Duvall, Phillip Noyce, Jim Sheridan and Paul Schrader .
  • Toronto festival brims with high-profile world premieres


    The 27th Toronto International Film Festival has announced another slew of world premieres, including titles from such leading filmmakers as Joel Schumacher, Neil Jordan, Robert Duvall, Phillip Noyce, Jim Sheridan and Paul Schrader .
  • Bollywood/Hollywood tops list of world premieres for Toronto's Perspective Canada


    Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood will make its world premiere as the opening night film for the Toronto International Film Festival's Perspective Canada programme.
  • Jean-Luc Godard to lecture at Montreal World Film Festival


    Iconic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will attend the Montreal World Film Festival (Aug 22 - Sept 2) to give a lecture on filmmaking and his place in it. The lecture, entitled Le regard de Jean-Luc Godard sur le cinema d'aujourd'hui et de demain (Jean-Luc Godard and the Cinema of the Present and the Future), is inspired by the Lecons de cinema presented by the Cannes festival - the 2002 edition featured a lecture by Nanni Moretti.
  • Telefilm Canada backs eleven new features


    Telefilm Canada is to back eleven new feature films, including the latest from Quebecois auteur Denys Arcand. With a combined budget of more than $16m, the projects include six French-language titles and five in English, including co-productions with the UK and Israel.
  • Toronto to introduce Ponti's Strangers


    Edoardo Ponti's Canada-Italy co-production Between Strangers will make its world premiere at the 27th Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 5-14.
  • Two world premieres announced for Toronto.


    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced two world premieres for its 27th outing: Peter Kosminsky's White Oleander, starring Robin Wright Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and Renee Zellwegger, and writer-director Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile, starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter. Atom Egoyan's Ararat will open the festival, which runs Sept. 5-14.
  • Alliance Atlantis posts 35% increase in net earnings


    Canada's Alliance Atlantis recorded improved year-end results, ending a bad run for the company with net earnings of $31m (C$47.3m), a 35% increase over the previous fiscal year.
  • Canada's Remstar signs output deal with Transfilm


    Canada's Remstar Distribution has signed a four-year output deal with Quebec producer Claude Leger's Transfilm that will see the Montreal company distribute all Transfilm's film and television productions in Canada. Included in the deal are the Canada-France mini-series Napoleon, starring Isabella Rossellini, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, Anouk Aimee and Christian Clavier, and the feature films Aime Ton Pere, a Canada-France coproduction starring Depardieu and son ...
  • Lions Gate, TVA pact for Canadian distribution


    Canadian entertainment companies Lions Gate Films and TVA Films have formed a joint venture to share distribution operations in English Canada. The new entity, JV Media, will handle theatrical, video/DVD and television product with a staff from both companies.
  • Sony Pictures Classics snares Spider for US


    Sony PicturesClassics has picked up US rights to David Cronenberg's Cannes competitionentry Spider, payingbetween $1.5m and $2m. The deal was finalized with Spider's sales agent Capitol Films onlyyesterday, according to SPC co-president Tom Bernard.
  • US runaway productions in decline


    The number of so-called runaway productions from the US to Canada is decreasing, according to a report by the Center for Entertainment Industry Data and Research (CEIDR).
  • Toronto appoints new programmers, promotes Free


    The Toronto International Film Festival has appointed two new programmers for its 27th outing and promoted press office veteran Gabrielle Free to replace outgoing director of media and public relations Nuria Bronfman.
  • Brazil changes Spider-Man rating in response to public outcry


    Sony Pictures' money-spinning Spider-Man is gathering an extra bit of mileage in Brazil thanks to a change in the film's classification during its first week on release in the South American nation. The film, which was released May 17 through Columbia-TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) on an unprecedented 507 prints, earned a record-breaking US$3.1m (Reals 7.9m) in its opening weekend.
  • MDP posts near 50% revenue increase


    Mark Damon's MDP Worldwide recorded a second quarter revenue increase of nearly 50% on the back of feature film The Musketeer and producing and financing fees from Christian Duguay's The Extremist. It was a company-record sixth consecutive profitable quarter. Six month income was up 90% from the same period last year.
  • Fast Runner strolls past C$1m in Canada


    Zacharias Kunuk's Anatarujuat: The Fast Runner has grossed more than C$1m ($650,000) at the Canadian box office. The film has been on release since April 12 through Alliance Atlantis' art house distribution arm Odeon Films.
  • REVIEW: Ararat


  • Spider


  • Spider


  • Canadian ban upheld on foreign satellite signal reception


    A group of Canadian satellite TV dealers has failed in its bid to delay enforcement of a ban on the unlicensed reception of foreign satellite signals.
  • Loews Cineplex considers public offering


    Revived North American cinema circuit Loews Cineplex is considering an initial public offering, according to the CEO of the company that engineered the refinancing of the insolvent exhibitor.
  • Canada's Remstar signs output deal with Chesler/Perlmutter


    Montreal-based distributor Remstar has signed a two-year multi-picture output deal with Toronto-based Chesler/Perlmutter, the first such deal the production company has secured in three years.
  • Max Film wraps Rose's debut Menopause


    Canadian producers Roger Frappier's and Luc Vandal's Max Film is close to wrapping production On Comment Ma Mere Accoucha De Moi Durant Sa Menopause (which translates roughly as "how my mother gave birth to me during menopause").
  • Foreign films get Hollywood on the re-make


    When Sony Picture’s Mr. Deeds opens in North America next month its prospects will depend largely on the appeal of its star Adam Sandler, as opposed to the fact that it’s a remake of Frank Capra’s 1936 comedy Mr. Deeds Goes To Town.
  • Ortenberg, Pasoernek and Block sign onto multiyear deals at Lions Gate


    Lions Gate Entertainment has signed its senior managers to long-term contracts and appointed James Keegan to the new position of chief administrative officer.
  • Rivett & Wilson get promotions at Alliance Atlantis


    Alliance Atlantis has promoted two executives to the top marketing-publicity positions in its Entertainment Group. Gail Rivett has been named senior vice president, marketing and publicity, and Pam Wilson has been named senior vice president, publicity.
  • Canada rules on reception of US satellite TV signals


    The reception of US satellite TV signals in Canada has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court of Canada, reversing previous lower court decisions and heralding a victory for the two licensed Canadian operators, Bell Expressvu and Star Choice Communications.
  • Monopoly worries force sale of Canadian cinema stake


    Anti-trust concerns by Canada's Competition Bureau has forced the sale of exhibitor Famous Players' minority stake in regional cinema circuit Galaxy Entertainment.
  • SAG faces cross-border legal assault over Global Rule One


    The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) will face legal challengesin both the US and Canada if it tries to stamp its authority beyond USterritory through its controversial Global Rule One, according to producersassociations in those two countries.
  • Turkish website protests against Egoyan's Ararat


    A Turkish website is protesting against Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's new film Ararat claiming it distorts history and misrepresents Turkish actions.
  • Canadian animation series funded by Scottish bank


    Ottawa-based animation studio Amberwood Entertainment will produce two animated series with gap financing provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Imax set for widest ever release with Space Station 3D


    Imax Corp. is set for the widest release yet of one of its giant-screen films. The company said Space Station 3D, with narration by Tom Cruise, has commitments from more than 100 IMAX theatres.
  • TVA saves distribution arm through Christal alliance


    Montreal-based TVA Group will merge the administration of its distribution arm, TVA International, with that of fellow Montreal distributor, Christal Films, breathing new life into an organisation TVA Group had considered abandoning.
  • Telefilm Canada backs four Quebecois films


    Four Quebecois features have received the backing of Telefilm Canada, as the federal film and television support agency announced its first set of investment decisions through the Selective Component of the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF).
  • Canada builds on its production capacity


    Canada is poised for a massive boost to its production capacity with four major studios having been announced in less than three months.
  • Canada's Remstar acquires new package


    Montreal-based distributor Remstar has picked up Canadian rights to Jacob Berger's Aime Ton Pere (Honour Thy Father), currently in post-production.
  • Canadian film board launches co-production unit


    Canada's National Film Board (NFB) will launch an International Co-production Unit (ICU) with the goal of developing key partnerships and framework agreements with international broadcasters and other organisations.
  • Alliance Atlantis posts 66% distribution increase


    Alliance Atlantis Communications' film distribution business jumped 66% in the third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2001, with revenues up $25m (C$40.2m) to $62.6m (C$100.7m) from $37.6m (C$60.5m) in the prior year's period, boosted by the strong performance of Lord Of The Rings:, increased video and DVD demand and sales to broadcasters in both Canada and the UK.
  • Canada's first VOD service launched by Rogers


    Rogers Communications will launch Canada's first video-on-demand service. The company's cable subsidiary, Canada's largest operator, has signed a long-term pact with Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC) to distribute its films over the new service in the VOD window, which follows the home video window by approximately 45-60 days. The initial phase of deployment is currently underway in areas of Toronto, with full service expected to be implemented in Toronto by early summer.
  • World's largest film studio to be built in Quebec


    Two weeks after the announcement of plans to build a massive studio in Toronto, another facility is going forward in the province of Quebec. The backers of Studio Bromont plan to convert a 1.2 million sq. ft automobile plant north of Montreal into the largest film production studio in the world. The project's backers include the provincial agency Investissement Quebec.
  • Lions Gate's gross profits turn to net loss


    Vancouver-based Lions Gate Entertainment recorded a third quarter loss of $3.1m for 2001-2002 as increasing distribution and marketing costs ate into revenue. It was the second consecutive losing quarter. Although gross profits were up 59% from the same period a year ago, distribution and marketing costs more than tripled.
  • Horowitz returns to AAC to sell Double Down


    One month after laying him off, Alliance Atlantis has contracted former international sales head Mark Horowitz to finish the job of selling Double Down, the Neil Jordan-directed remake of Bob Le Flambeur, starring Nick Nolte.
  • Canada's Genies snatched by The Fast Runner


    To the surprise of no one, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) continued its winning ways, taking Best Picture and Best Direction at Canada's 22nd Genie Awards on Feb. 7.
  • Canada enjoys 17% rise in 'runaway productions'


    Canadian film and television production increased to $3.3bn in 2000-2001 against $2.84bn in 1999-2000, driven in large part by a 17% increase in foreign location shooting - often referred to as "runaway production" by US film industry lobbyists.
  • Pinewood Shepperton backs new Toronto studio


    A major film and television production facility is set to be built in Toronto with the participation of the UK's Pinewood Shepperton Studios and its partners including Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. If approved for land-use permits, the 1.2m sq. ft. studio will feature as many as 16 sound stages over 43 acres of waterfront land, similar in scale to Pinewood or Shepperton. The announcement is sure to inflame passions in the US, where lobby groups such as the Film and Television Action ...
  • Disney to open Treasure day-date in 35mm, Imax


    Walt Disney Pictures will release its 2002 animation Treasure Planet simultaneously in 35mm venues and in Imax and other large-format cinemas, the first time a studio feature has been specifically formatted for the giant screen to receive a day-and-date release. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", the digitally-produced space adventure opens in North America on Nov. 27.
  • Quebec Jutra awards finalists announced


    Nominees for Quebec's Fourth Annual Jutra Awards were announced on Wednesday with Andre Turpin's Soft Shell Man (Un Crabe Dans La Tete) leading the pack with 10 nominations. Close behind are Pierre Falardeau's 15 February 1839 with nine nominations and Denis Chouinard's Berlin-bound Tar Angel (L'Ange De Goudron) with eight. Bermard Emond's The Woman Who Drinks (La Femme Qui Boit) has five nominations. All four films are tipped for Best Picture. Filmmakers ...
  • MTV, Nelvana to co-produce two TV series


    Viacom's MTV Networks and Toronto-based Nelvana Ltd. have signed an agreement to co-produce two new television series targeted to young adults. The first, the animated comedy Clone High, imagines a universe where young clones of historical figures and dead celebrities are in attendance at the same high school. The second is a live action sports-oriented sitcom, Varsity Blues, based on the Paramount/MTV feature of the same name.
  • Australians rule Golden Globes


  • MGM plays down rumours of $7bn sale


    MGM has distanced itself from rumours that it is up for sale following a report yesterday (Jan 15) in the Los Angeles Times saying the company had hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to solicit bids that are due this week.
  • California proposes production tax incentives


    An apparently escalating decline in local production has prompted the state of California to propose a tax incentive to encourage film and TV producers to shoot in the state.
  • IMAX and IT Int'l add two more Euro complexes


    A cinema construction contract between giant-screen entertainment company Imax Corp. and Israel-based exhibitor IT International (I.T.) has been expanded from seven cinemas to nine. The additional theatres, scheduled to open in 2003, will be located in Athens, Greece and an undisclosed European location.
  • Alliance Atlantis cuts 80 jobs, merges TV, film


    Alliance Atlantis will cut 80 staff positions ' approximately 9% of its work force -- as the Toronto-based entertainment company consolidates its television and motion picture production operations along with their attendant distribution and promotion departments. Among the high-profile employees affected are Mark Horowitz, Los Angeles-based president of Alliance Atlantis Pictures International, and John Morayniss, executive vice president of Alliance Atlantis Television Production, ...
  • Toronto fest mourns programmer Ramiro Puerta


    Ramiro Puerta, a long-time programmer and staff member of the Toronto International Film Festival died on Friday, Jan. 4. A filmmaker, musician, actor and impresario, he was 48.
  • Imax shares soar after $42m debt repurchase


    Giant screen purveyor Imax Corp. has repurchased $42m of its own debt for one-quarter the issue price, alleviating refinancing concerns and placing the big-screen movie maker and large-format exhibitor on firmer financial footing.
  • Toronto fest selects Canada's top 10 films


    The Toronto International Film Festival Group has inaugurated a list of the 10 Best Canadian films of 2001. And, in inimitable Canadian style, the list is not ranked but alphabetical. The Group is the umbrella organisation for the annual film festival as well as the Spockets Childrens' Film Festival and the ongoing programming of the Cinematheque Ontario and its library.
  • Canada's Martinelli unveils Capri prod company


    Canadian producer Gabriella Martinelli has launched a new Toronto-based production outfit, Capri Films, in partnership with Polish recording impresario Wladislow Bartoszewicz. The first project under the Capri banner will be Between Strangers, starring Sophia Loren and Gerard Depardieu, directed by Loren's son Eduardo Ponti and now in post production. Martinelli and Bartoszewicz are producer and executive producer respectively.
  • Natali's Headspace to develop digital features


    Canadian filmmaker Vincenzo Natali is launching a feature film and multi-media production company, Headspace, which will develop cutting-edge digital production techniques such as the Cinema HD process
  • Alliance given OK for Canadian indie film channel


    Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC) has received approval from the
  • Atanarjuat and War Bride lead Genie race


    Zacharias Kunuk's Camera d'or winner Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) and Lyndon Chubbuck's The War Bride both received seven nominations for Canada's Genie Awards, announced Dec. 12 in Toronto. Bruce Sweeney's Last Wedding had six nominations while five were awarded to Renny Bartlett's Eisenstein, Bernard Emond's La Femme Qui Boit and William Philips' Treed Murray. Andre Turpin's Un Crabe Dans La Tete earned four.
  • Telefilm Canada appoints new chairman, CEO


    Telefilm Canada has appointed Charles Belanger as chairman and Richard
  • Canada sees launch of two new distributors


    Two new Canadian distribution outfits - one based in Montreal, one in Toronto - are emerging from the executive suites, libraries and deals of two old companies: an ailing TVA International and the defunct Blackwatch Releasing.
  • AMC buys insolvent General


    Consolidation in the North American exhibition sector continues apace as AMC Entertainment acquired ailing General Cinemas out of bankruptcy court. Under the agreement, AMC, the second-largest exhibitor by screens, will pay the creditors of General's parent GC Companies valued at more than $175m in cash and AMC stock . AMC Chairman and CEO Peter Brown said the acquisition would expand AMC's presence in important major markets, particularly in the Northeast and upper Midwest,
  • Les Boys III unseats Potter in Quebec


    Having been swiftly de-throned in South Africa, Harry Potter's reign at the box office has been truncated in another territory. Quebecois hockey comedy Les Boys III scored a gross of over C$1m ($635,000), the highest-ever opening for a local French-language film at the province's box office. Harry Potter A L'ecole Des Sorciers came in second with $529,000. Les Boys III's three-day total came from 121 screens, another record for the province.
  • Fat Girl distributors lose Ontario appeal


    The North American distributors of Catherine Breillat's controversial film Fat Girl (A Ma Souer!) have lost an appeal to the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB). Given that joint distributors Cowboy Pictures and Lions Gate Films have chosen not to make the cuts requested, the decision effectively bans the film from screening in the province's theatres. The film has been cleared for release in the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia, was released unrated in the ...
  • Ontario bans Breillat's controversial Fat Girl


    Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl (A Ma Soeur!) has been banned by Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB). According to Noah Cowan, co-president of Cowboy Booking which is co-releasing the film with Lions Gate in North America, the OFRB requested cuts that would have reduced the movie to a mere 40 minutes in length from its original 93 minute running time.
  • Toronto's Fireworks hires Pasternak


    Toronto-based Fireworks Entertainment has hired local attorney Steven Pasternak into the newly created position of general counsel. Previously a founding partner of the legal firm that advises Fireworks, Pasternak will be involved in furthering the business interests of Fireworks as well as special projects. His old firm, formerly Hall Pasternak is renamed Hall & Associates and will continue to serve as Fireworks' outside counsel.
  • US DVD sales continue to break all records


    The fourth quarter of 2001 is fast proving to be a key turning point in the fortunes of DVD, with sales records smashed week in, week out. When Shrek was released in the US on DVD it sold 2.5 million copies in three days. With a retail value of more than $50m, the release demolished a record set only two weeks before by Star Wars: Episode 1.
  • Iran, Spain and Mexico name their Oscar candidates


    Majid Majidi's Baran has been selected by Iran as its official candidate for the Academy Award for best foreign-language category. Vicente Aranda's historical drama Madness Of Love (Juana La Loca) is Spain's official nomination, while Mexico has chosen last spring's winner of five Ariel awards: Perfume De Violetas by Marisa Sistach as its foreign Oscar entry.
  • Monsters, Inc. stays on top


  • National Amusements to open first Imax cinema


    US exhibitor National Amusements is opening its first-ever Imax cinema in the New Year. According to National Amusements president Shari Redstone, the cinema will be launched with the premiere of Walt Disney's Beauty And The Beast on Jan. 1, 2002. The new facility will be located at the circuit's 17-screen LA flagship entertainment complex, The Bridge.
  • Emmys pick Judy Davis over Emma Thompson


    The 53rd Annual Prime Time Emmy awards, twice-cancelled in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, finally went ahead Nov. 4. There were no great surprises in terms of network television series ' NBC's White House fiction The West Wing won its second consecutive award for best drama series while HBO's Sex And The City earned best comedy honours ' but there was something of an upset in the telefilm awards. HBO's widely-acclaimed production Wit was awarded best ...
  • Monsters, Inc. swallows $63.5m


    Michael Eisner will be sighing with relief. The Walt Disney/Pixar animation, Monsters, Inc., scored a $63.5m opening weekend bonanza. Based on estimates, the film set a Disney record and, more important symbolically, reclaims from DreamWorks the record for a three-day opening by an animated film. DreamWorks' animated film Shrek opened in May 2001 with $42.1m and has since earned $267m making it the highest-grossing film of the year thus far.
  • Kandahar opens to full houses in Canada


    Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar did sell-out business on its first theatrical engagement in North America. The Afghanistan-set film opened October 26 - October 28 in Toronto and Montreal through distributor Seville Pictures. Box office was $34,831 (C$54,986) from just two screens for a stunning screen average of $17,415.
  • Canadian actors' strike averted


    Canada's film and TV performers have reached a tentative agreement with producers that will boost actors' earnings 6% over two years. The increase is the same as that negotiated by SAG earlier this year.
  • Murdoch abandons Hughes bid


    News Corp. has abandoned its bid for Hughes Electronics and its DirecTV satellite television service after company parent General Motors failed to choose a buyer. Speculation that GM's board of directors would select between News Corp. and rival bidder EchoStar Communications came to naught over the weekend. The board made no decision.
  • Microsoft bets on Intertainer for broadband VOD


    Microsoft will be making a significant push into the online entertainment market by offering VOD broadband service Intertainer through its widely available internet portal when it is revamped next week under the name of MSN 7.
  • Proliferating producer credits weave tangled web


    Abstracted from the weekly edition of Screen International
  • Canada's tax change closes expensive loophole


    Toronto and London-based Grosvenor Park and Vancouver-based Sentinel Hill Alliance Atlantis Equicap Limited Partnership (SHAAELP), in which Alliance Atlantis Corp. holds a 30% stake, are two of the Canadian-based companies expected to be hardest hit by the Canadian government's closure in Jan 2002, of a loophole in its tax law that allows film investors to deduct losses made from funding start-up production partnerships.
  • BCE, Cogeco acquire Quebec TV network


    Canadian telecommunications and media conglomerate BCE has teamed with Cogeco, the nation's fourth-largest cable company, to purchase majority control of Quebec-based television network TQS.
  • Canada's Remstar signs Prophecy output deal


    Montreal-based Remstar Distribution and Prophecy Entertainment have signed an output deal that gives Remstar a first-look option at the next four projects in development at the Vancouver-based production and sales house. The deal follows Remstar's acquisition of two Prophecy titles, Ripper: Letter From Hell and The Barber for distribution in Canada.
  • Toronto festival to carry on


    Contrary to previous reports, the Toronto International Film Festival will stay the course, proceeding with the films, press conferences and Rogers Industry Centre events as scheduled for Wednesday 12 Sept. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the US on Tuesday morning, the Festival cancelled screenings and events scheduled for the balance of the day.
  • Podeswa to direct Fugitive for Lantos


    Canadian producers are back in the saddle, putting forward a raft of new projects as the chill placed on feature production by the threat of a SAG strike passes. The possibility of a strike by US actors boosted production in Canada in the first half of the year but dampened production beyond the July 1 strike deadline and through the summer.
  • Toronto delivers best of the fests


    Last year's 25th anniversary smash was such a success, it is hard to imagine how Toronto would keep up the intensity for so under-whelming a figure as 26. And yet far from an anti-climax, Toronto 2001 already has a buzz about it; albeit not one that will necessarily excite the acquisitions executives.
  • Majidi's Baran takes Montreal Grand Prix


    Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's Baran shared the top prize at the 2001 Montreal World Film Festival, his third Grand Prix of the Americas in as many appearances in competition at Montreal.
  • Distribution revs Alliance Atlantis revenues


    Alliance Atlantis Communications announced a record 91% increase in first quarter revenue at its Motion Picture Group. The big numbers -- $45.6m compared to $23.9m in the first quarter 2000 -- were driven by strong performances at the box office and in home video. In a statement, company CEO Michael McMillan credited features such as Bridget Jones's Diary, Blow, Spy Kids and Traffic - for delivering generating large audiences, as well as continued growth ...
  • American Pie 2 makes it three in a row


    North American youths continued to gobble American Pie 2, keeping the gross-out comedy at the top spot for its third weekend and easily vaulting it over the $100m mark. Its take of $12.9m gives it an estimated 17-day gross of $109.6m. The other sequel of the moment, Rush Hour 2, kept pace with a solid $11.4m to hold second place for the third weekend in a row. At $183.3m over 24 days, the Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker vehicle is on track for a $200m gross.
  • Will Imax big screen fade to black'


    Imax Corp. is in serious trouble. Ten months after its stock lost 70% of its value and a week after announcing disastrous 2001 second-quarter results, the Toronto-based giant-screen purveyor has seen another precipitous price drop -- to an all-time low of $1.02 on the US Nasdaq on August 22. In August of 2000, it was trading in the $27 range.
  • Szabo, Chelsom, Cox and Saura premiere at Toronto


    New films from Istvan Szabo, Peter Chelsom, Paul Cox and Carlos Saura will have their world premieres at the 26th Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6-15. At the final press conference before the event, Festival Director Piers Handling announced the titles rounding out the programme including Closing Night selection Lantana, from Australian director Ray Lawrence, making its international premiere.
  • Sackman & Co form Lions Gate Redux with ThinkFilm


    Jeff Sackman, former president of Lions Gate Films, is returning to the North American distribution market with a new outfit accompanied by some familiar names, including former Lions Gate Releasing co-president Mark Urman and Andy Myers, a veteran of Canada's distribution scene.
  • Germans dominate Montreal line-up...


    Four German titles, including new films from Joseph Vilsmaier and Roland Suso Richter, will make their world premiere in Official Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3. Competing against the four is two-time Montreal Grand Prize winner Majid Majidi. The Iranian filmmaker returns with Baran, a story of the Afghani underclass in modern Iran. In all 24 films will compete at the festival, the only FIAPF-recognized A Category competitive festival ...
  • Cinegroupe launches live action division


    Montreal-based animation producer and distributor CineGroupe has given a name and a face to its new live-action arm, first announced in January (Screendaily Jan. 29).
  • Shooting Gallery owner itemus files for bankruptcy


    After weeks teetering on the brink of failure, Itemus inc. filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The Toronto-based internet incubator was brought down by the obligations of its Shooting Gallery subsidiary, which it purchased in April 2001.
  • Toronto has Novocaine and six more world premieres


    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a further seven world premieres including new films from Mike Figgis, John Dahl, Gregor Jordan, Bruce McDonald and Yvan Attal. Topping the list is Novocaine (pictured), the Artisan Entertainment-produced feature debut of screenwriter David Atkins.
  • Turpin's Crabe to open Toronto's Canada programme


    Andre Turpin's Un Crabe Dans La Tete has been selected as the Opening Night film for the Toronto International Film Festival's Perspective Canada programme. Written and directed by the Quebecois filmmaker, the comedy features David La Haye, Isabelle Blais, Emmanuel Bilodeau and Chantal Giroux and is produced by Luc Dery and Joseph Hillel for Montreal-based Qu4tre par Quatre.
  • Alliance Atlantis to raise $106m


    Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC) is raising money to forward its TV ambitions, announcing plans for a public offering of 8million Class B non-voting shares. Based on the July 19 closing price of $13.30 on the US NASDAQ exchange, a fully-subscribed offering would realise $106m.
  • Last Wedding to open Toronto festival


    Canadian filmmaker Bruce Sweeney's Last Wedding will open the 26th Toronto International Film Festival, making its world premiere on September 6. Described as a "human drama", it features Benjamin Ratner, Frida Betrani, Tom Scholte, Nancy Sivak, Vincent Gale and Molly Parker. Sweeney, whose feature Live Bait was voted best Canadian film the 1995 festival, wrote the screenplay. Stephen Hegyes produced.
  • Montreal fest to fete Jackie Chan


    Martial arts star Jackie Chan will be presented with a Special Grand Prix of the Americas at the 25th Montreal World Film Festival, Aug. 23 to Sept. 3. The festival is presenting similar tributes to Sophia Loren and producer Dino De Laurentiis. Chan will be present September 1 for a screening of one of his films.
  • Shooting Gallery heads for bankruptcy


    New York-based production and distribution house The Shooting Gallery will likely file for bankruptcy relief, according to a brief statement from its owner, Canadian internet incubator itemus inc.
  • Quebec grants $9.1m to Lions Gate partner


    CineGroupe, the animation partner of Lions Gate Entertainment, is set to receive a cash injection of $9.1m from Societe generale de financement du Quebec, the state investment agency of the Canadian province.
  • AMC bids high for General Cinemas


    US theatre circuit AMC has raised the stakes in the consolidation of North American exhibition, offering $62.5m for bankruptcy-bound rival General Cinemas.
  • Branson's entertainment locations to show content


    Richard Branson's Virgin Group is investing $4.2m in a joint venture with Toronto-based leisure centre operator MagiCorp to create two location-based entertainment facilities - one in Manchester, one in Toronto - featuring digital content delivered over cinema-sized screens and personal table-top monitors.
  • Two Canadian distributors up for sale


    Canada's independent film distribution business is in a state of flux as two companies -- TVA International (TVAI) and Blackwatch Communications -- seek buyers for their distribution operations.
  • SightSound cuts staff by two-thirds


    US internet movie distributor SightSound has laid off 18 of its 30 employees - the victim, it claims, of the go-slow attitude toward web-based commerce amongst its prospective content suppliers in the film and music business.
  • Shooting Gallery parent under siege


    Following the closure of it New York production and distribution house The Shooting Gallery, parent company itemus is now facing several law suits
  • Toronto gets Last Orders first


    Fred Schepisi's Last Orders will makes its world premiere at the 26th Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6-15. Based on UK novelist Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winner and starring Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone, David Hemmings and Tom Courtenay, the film is being sold internationally by Winchester Films.
  • Telefilm Canada appoints acting executive director


    Telefilm Canada has appointed long-time agency executive Johanne St-Arnauld as acting executive director. She takes over from Francois Macerola, whose term ends July 3.The federal film finance agency has seen two other high-profile departures -- chairman Laurier LaPierre and and Peter Katadotis, Director, Canadian Operations. Arnauld's appointment is seen as an interim solution; she is not regarded as a contender for the position of executive director.
  • Psycho, Vampire turn around Lions Gate fortunes


    Lions Gate Entertainment achieved net income of $5.7m (C$8.7m) in its fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, compared to a net loss of $3.5m (C$5.3m) the previous year. The company credited the turnaround on a strong fourth quarter driven by theatrical releases such as American Psycho and Shadow Of The Vampire and the home video releases of American Psycho and The Million Dollar Hotel. The company also benefited from Trimark's post-acquisition revenue from ...
  • Universal sells Loews Cineplex stake for a dollar


    Universal Studios has sold its 25.5% stake in exhibitor Loews Cineplex for $1. The studio, a division of Vivendi Universal, sold more than 15m shares to investment bank Goldman Sachs, in a tax move to offset capital gains. The stake was worth approximately $1.8m based on a share price of 12 cents. Universal originally held shares in Canadian cinema circuit Cineplex Odeon before the circuit merged with Sony's Loews Cinemas. Sony Pictures Entertainment retains a 39.5% stake.
  • Shooting Gallery insolvent, leaves buyer on hook


    New York-based production and distribution company The Shooting Gallery (TSG), producer of such films as Sling Blade and You Can Count On Me and domestic distributor of Croupier, is close to insolvency and may shut its doors. Less than two months after being purchased by Toronto-based new media incubator itemus inc., TSG has run out of money, a victim of the depressed technology sector.
  • Cinar goes straight, agrees final restitution


    Cinar Corp., the troubled Canadian production company, has taken a further step in its return to legitimacy. Beset by scandals involving fraudulent credits and missing millions, the Montreal-based company has agreed to pay more than $1.7m in restitution to Telefilm Canada in order that its productions may once again qualify as official coproductions. The money represents the sum of Telefilm investment and subsidy procured by Cinar for productions later deemed to have been misrepresented ...
  • Canadians embracing satellite as cable subs slip


    Canadians are embracing satellite delivery of television services, with the sector growing by more than 500% over the past five years, according to figures released by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). There are just under 1m customers with satellite dishes or multipoint distribution systems, up from just over 500,000 in 1999.
  • De Laurentiis to give keynote address at Montreal


    Actress Sophia Loren and producer Dino De Laurentiis will be feted at this year's Montreal World Film Festival as part of the event's 25th anniversary celebration.
  • Telefilm head LaPierre departs for Canadian Senate


    The chairman of Telefilm Canada, Laurier LaPierre, is leaving his post, marking the third departure of senior management from the federal film and television agency. LaPierre, a respected journalist who has served since 1998, has resigned to accept an appointment to the nation's senate.
  • Canadian cable operators get federal ruling boost


    Canada's media sector is likely to see further consolidation following a federal regulatory decision to allow the nation's cable companies to control speciality television channels.
  • PCG exits Loews Cineplex bailout as closures mount


    One of three buyers involved in the $850m Loews Cineplex Entertainment distress sale is backing out but the remaining two partners say the bailout plan will go ahead regardless for the exhibition giant.
  • Alliance Atlantis boards Girard's $25m Magician


    The vigorous drive into larger-scale film productions by Canadian entertainment giant Alliance Atlantis continued this week with the closure of a deal to finance Francois Girard's latest - the $25m historical drama The Magician's Wife in which Geoffrey Rush will star. Kate Winslet is negotiating to join him, although her status is not yet confirmed.Girard scored a huge specialised hit with his 1998 drama The Red Violin which grossed over $10m for Lions Gate Films. ...
  • Egoyan's tough-sell Ararat finds French home


    While a film within a film set against the 1915 Turkish massacre of Armenians might seem like a hard sell, Atom Egoyan's Ararat has already been picked up for France by ARP. Meanwhile, TMN has taken Canadian pay TV rights.
  • Alliance Atlantis takes world on Virginia's Run


    Alliance Atlantis haspicked up world rights on Virgina's Run from Knightscove Entertainment. Directed by Peter Markle, the family-oriented equestrian drama stars Gabriel Byrne and Joanne Whalley.
  • Bogosian, Koteas, Plummer join Egoyan's Ararat


    Eric Bogosian, Christopher Plummer and Elias Koteas have joined the cast of Atom Egoyan's Ararat which is set to shoot mid-May in Toronto.
  • Coote spearheads Intertainer's VOD launch in Asia


    Intertainer Asia, the licensee of US VoD service Intertainer Inc., will launch a broadband entertainment-on-demand network with Singaporean telco SingTel at the end of May and is pursuing similar launches in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.
  • Filmline founder Clermont dies suddenly


    Nicolas Clermont, one of Canada's leading independent producers, has died aged 59.
  • Canada's Corus eyes EM.TV's Henson


    Toronto-based Corus Entertainment has expressed an interest in buying the Jim Henson Co. from German owner EM.TV. The television and radio broadcaster, which made international headlines last year when it paid $300m for Canadian animation studio Nelvana Ltd., says it is pursuing several acquisitions in order to boost its presence in production and distribution in family and children's entertainment.
  • Lions Gate gets All Over The Guy for North America


    Lions Gate Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Julie Davis' All Over the Guy. The romantic comedy stars Dan Bucatinsky, who wrote the original screenplay based on his stage play. Davis directed I Love You Don't Touch Me and Amy's Orgasm.
  • Metropolitan picks up 51st State for France


    Metropolitan Filmexport has picked up Ronny Yu's The 51st State for France from Alliance Atlantis Pictures International. The $28m film, the first production through Andras Hamori's H2O Motion Pictures, features Samuel L. Jackson as kilt-wearing chemist looking to market his designer drug in Liverpool's rave scene. The Metropolitan deal was cut by Mark Horowitz, President of Alliance Atlantis Pictures International. The film has yet to complete a US distribution deal.
  • Warner signs free-tv deal with Greece's Star


    Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a multi-year free television deal with Greece's Star Channel.
  • Astral acquires Family Channel for $82m


    Montreal based broadcaster Astral Media will take 100% control of specialty channel The Family Channel after agreeing to acquire the 50 per cent interest currently held by Corus Entertainment.
  • Canada's indie plight draws first blood


    Montreal-based TVA is winding down its international sales operations and executive vice president of distribution, Jean Bureau has left the company.
  • MCP backs Cronenberg's Spider with Fiennes


    Having departed as the director of Basic Instinct 2, David Cronenberg is back aboard the long-gestating psycho-thriller Spider that is now being financed through MM Media Capital Partners (MCP).
  • Edwards accepts Anschutz, Oaktree recapitalisation


    Edwards Theatres Circuit has agreed to a recapitalisation plan that will see Phillip Anschutz's Anschutz Corp and distressed debt investor Oaktree Capital Management assume a significant percentage of its equity, so that the ailing circuit can emerge from bankruptcy protection. Terms of the proposed transaction were not disclosed.
  • Loews goes to Schwartz, US partners in $850m deal


    Ending weeks of uncertainty, Canadian billionaire Gerald Schwartz and two US partners have struck an $850m (C$1.3bn) deal to acquire distressed exhibitor Loews Cineplex, the second-largest chain in North America.
  • Montreal's Telescene saved by CineGroupe


    Canadian film and television producer Telescene Film Group has been pulled back from the brink of bankruptcy (ScreenDaily, December 4), thanks to a joint venture with another Montreal-based industry player, animation house Cinegroupe Corp.
  • Maelstrom sweeps the board at Canada's Genies


    Denis Villeneuve's Maelstrom won five prizes at Canada's Genie awards on Monday night, including best picture, best director, best screenplay (Villeneuve) and best actress for its star Marie-Josee Croze.
  • Loews Cineplex to close 675 screens


    North America's second-largest exhibitor Loews Cineplex plans to shutter 675 of its nearly 3,000 screens in North America as it reported a third quarter loss of $185m. The closures represent 23% of its screens in the US and Canada. The company also suggested it will file for bankruptcy protection in the coming days, a decision analysts have been predicting for the past two months.
  • Lions Gate acquires InDigEnt's debut slate


    Lions Gate Entertainment has acquired all domestic rights to the five-film initial slate of InDigEnt, the digital video film initiative headed by Gary Winich, John Sloss and IFC Entertainment.
  • Sexy Beast


  • Miramax to offer Guinevere download


    Miramax Films has unveiled that Guinevere will be the first feature available for downloading through its 12-picture internet pay-per-view deal with web-based entertainment provider (ScreenDaily April 19, 2000).
  • Loews Cineplex heads for corporate distress


    Cash-strapped Loews Cineplex has retained a leading corporate distress specialist, indicating that the exhibitor is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection.
  • IFP Spirit Awards nominate Requiem, Chuck & Buck


    Miguel Arteta's Chuck & Buck, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem For A Dream and Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me have each received five nominations for the 16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards. The Independent Feature Project/West announced the nominees in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, David Gordon Green's George Washington and Jordan Walker-Pearlman's The Visit each earned four nods. ...
  • Gladiator, Traffic lead nods for Golden Globes


    Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Steven Soderbergh's Traffic landed five nominations each as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nods for the 58th annual Golden Globes.Paramount's re-release of Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys seems to have paid dividends: the film received four nominations including a best actor nod for Michael Douglas. Also with four nominations were Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat and Stephen ...
  • Crouching Tiger beats Traffic for Toronto critics


    On the eve of taking the Golden Globe Awards nod for best foreign language picture, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was named best film of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA).
  • Canadian circuits under competition scrutiny


    Canada's two principal exhibitors, Famous Players and Cineplex Odeon, are under investigation by the country's Competition Bureau for possible collusion.
  • Imax sells digital projector to Japan's T-Joy


    Canada's Imax Corp has sold its first commercial digital cinema projector to Japan's T-Joy, an exhibition joint venture backed by a total of 22 companies, including the Toei group.
  • Loews Cineplex gets brief credit extension


    Struggling exhibitor Loews Cineplex has extended its credit agreement with the syndicate of principal creditors, from December 8 through January 26, 2001.
  • Canada's Prophecy launches distribution outfit


    Vancouver-based production and international distribution company Prophecy Entertainment is launching a theatrical distribution subsidiary for the North American market.
  • Loews Cineplex debt given junk status


    Loews Cineplex has seen its debt ratings downgraded to low junk status by US ratings agency Moody's Investor Service.
  • BCE gets greenlight for CTV takeover


    Canada's largest telecommunications company has received regulatory approval to buy the nation's largest private broadcaster. The $1.57bn deal caps a merger, announced in September, that brings together BCE, Canada's major telephone company and internet service provider; Thomson Corporation, the major electronic information company and publisher of the national newspaper The Globe and Mail; and CTV, the largest television broadcaster, to create a $2.7bn communications force.
  • Exports drive Canadian film and video sales


    It's not happening on a Hollywood scale but just as in Tinseltown the international market is driving Canada's film and video industry. For the first time, international sales accounted for more than half of sales of Canadian content production, according to surveys by Statistics Canada for the years 1997-98 and 1998-99.
  • Canada grants licence to Independent Film Channel


    An independent film channel, to be run as a joint venture between Halifax-based Salter Street Films, Toronto-based Triptych Media and New York's Independent Film Channel, has been granted one of the 21 digital television network licences by Canada's broadcast regulator.
  • Gladiator to be re-released on Imax screens


    DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures will be re-releasing Gladiator on North American Imax screens on November 22, as promotional support for the release of the film in the DVD sell-through and VHS rental windows.
  • Ontario upholds ban on Baise-moi


    Censors in the Canadian province of Ontario have upheld a ban on the theatrical release of French title Baise-moi, directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi.
  • TVA International wins StudioCanal deal for Canada


    Montreal-based TVA International (TVAI) has signed a three year agreement with France's StudioCanal to handle its product across Canada. The exclusive, all-rights deal dramatically expands the Quebec company's position in Canadian feature distribution.The agreement covers more than 40 new features, including such English-language titles as Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight of Water starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley and Sarah Polley; John McNaughton's Speaking of Sex ...
  • Imax drops 3-D adaptation of DreamWorks' Shrek


    Imax Corporation has abandoned plans to produce a 3-D version of DreamWorks' animated feature Shrek. Co-CEO Brad Wechler made the revelation during an analysts briefing following the release of its third quarter financials, saying increasing production costs of the conventional film has rendered "diseconomic" Imax's proposal to adapt the film for its 3-D projection system.
  • Canada's Itemus acquires The Shooting Gallery


    US media company The Shooting Gallery has been sold to Toronto-based dotcom Itemus in a $56m share swap deal.
  • Kinowelt sells piece of AAC to feed Momentum


    Germany's Kinowelt Medien has sold close to one million shares of Alliance Atlantis Communication (AAC) worth approximately $13m, part of which it will funnel into Momentum Pictures, the UK distribution company it controls equally with AAC.
  • Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2


  • Risk


  • Canadian movie attendance hits 38-year high


    Canadians went to the pictures in record numbers in 1998-99 - the biggest years since 1972 - but that hasn't helped exhibitors' profitability, according to a recent report from Statistics Canada, surveying all 692 of the nation's cinemas and drive-ins.
  • Suspicious River


  • Imax Corp takes down \'for sale\' sign


    Imax Corp has removed itself from the marketplace after its share price tumbled more than 70% yesterday (October 12) in reaction to a profit warning. The giant screen purveyor said its current stock price is not a fair reflection of its long-term value.
  • FCC suspends AOL TW decision


    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has suspended its review of the AOL Time Warner merger, declaring it more productive to let its sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), pass judgement on the issue.
  • Imax Corp issues profit warning


    Imax Corporation will post a third-quarter loss, according to a release issued late Wednesday. The news will further complicate the company's search for a buyer.
  • How To Kill Your Neighbour's Dog


  • The Monkey's Mask


  • New Telefilm money to be allocated this year


    Hot on the heels of the Canadian government's $67m boost to local film (ScreenDaily, October 6), Telefilm Canada is asking the country's industry for pitches on how best to spend the first gush of new money.
  • Tigerland


  • Lewis, Gershon don Claire's Hat for Alliance


    Juliette Lewis and Gina Gershon are set to star in Bruce McDonald's Claire's Hat, the Canadian director's fifth feature, set to begin production October 16 in Toronto.
  • Deutchman joins Studionext as CEO


    Ira Deutchman has joined New York-based online entertainment producer Studionext as its CEO. The founder of Fine Line Features and, more recently, Redeemable Features is the latest high-profile film industry executive to join the dotcom fray.
  • The Dish


  • Sexy Beast


    Hollywood Partners (HP), the Munich-based private film fund, has committed to co-financing and co-producing Walter Hill's Undisputed, starring Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames and Peter Falk, in return for all foreign rights and certain income rights in the US and Canada.
  • Possible Worlds


  • State And Main


  • waydowntown


  • Canada's Rogers buys Cable Atlantic for $102m


    Days after bowing out of the battle for Groupe Videotron, Rogers Communications has purchased Newfoundland-based cable outfit Cable Atlantic for $102m.
  • Maelstrom


  • Canadian cable player abandons Videotron bid


    Canadian cable leader Rogers Communications has abandoned its bid for Quebec-based rival Groupe Videotron.
  • Alliance Atlantis forms TV venture with Zoetrope


    Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope has signed exclusive television development deals with Alliance Atlantis and Viacom Productions. The Viacom deal involves TV series while the Alliance Atlantis deal involves TV movies and miniseries. In a statement, Coppola said: "'series, mini-series, movies of the week, reality shows, live TV -- you name it, we're interested in it if we can be original."
  • Lions Gate starts Canadian production services arm


    Lions Gate Entertainment and Vancouver-base CineGate Holdings have formed an equal joint venture production services company. CineGate Production Management Services which will cater to those film and television projects shooting in Canada that are accessing tax credits, particularly US studio productions.
  • Alliance Atlantis bags Villeneuve, Freundlich pics


    Denis Villeneuve, director of Toronto festival hit, Maelstrom, has signed to direct a new production to be co-financed by Alliance Atlantis and Toronto-based Rhombus Media, the producers of Francois Girard's The Red Violin and Don McKellar's Last Night. The new film, Boyd, will roll next spring. It will be Villeneuve's third feature and his first in English, as well as his first time directing material not his own. Written by Nathan Morlando, Boyd ...
  • closes shop after merger talks fail


    Entertainment web-site - fronted by Imagine Entertainment and DreamWorks - is shutting down following the collapse last week of merger discussions with LA-based film portal (Screendaily, September 4).
  • Innocence, Le Gout share top gong at Montreal


    French director Agnes Jaoui's The Taste Of Other (Le Gout Des Autres) and Australian Paul Cox's Innocence shared the top prize at the 24th Montreal World Film Festival which wrapped on Monday.
  • Beast, Coffee join Toronto world premiere line-up


    The Toronto International Film Festival has finalised its programme for the 25th anniversary event, announcing a further six world premieres including UK heist film Sexy Beast, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone, and Chinese Coffee directed by and starring Al Pacino.
  • Rogers goes to court over Videotron merger


    Canada's largest cable operator Rogers Communications has gone to court in an effort to lift an injunction, handed down in April, that effectively prevents its merger with the country's third-largest cabler Groupe Videotron.
  • Toronto adds Bigelow, Fields titles to line-up


    The Toronto International Film Festival has added four premieres to its line-up: Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight Of Water, Joel Hershman's Greenfingers, Michael Corrente's A Shot At Glory and US actress Sally Field's directorial debut Beautiful.
  • De Niro, Paltrow films to premiere at Toronto


    Two world premieres have been added to the line-up at this year's Toronto International Film Festival - George Tillman Jr's military drama Men Of Honour, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr, and Bruce Paltrow's Duets, featuring an ensemble cast including daughter Gwyneth.
  • Montreal lines up Sade for competition


    Benoit Jacquot's Sade, starring Daniel Auteuil, Claude Chabrol's Nightcap and Pupi Avati's Midsummer Night Dance are among the competition titles at the 24th Montreal World Film Festival (August 25-September 4). In addition, David Mamet's State And Main will make its world premiere at the event out of competition.
  • Montreal's Telescene faces cash crunch


    Montreal-based film and television producer Telescene Film Group is running out of cash credit and may be unable to finance its autumn television production slate.
  • dotcom report: MPAA fights Napsterisation


    To the music industry, the enemy's name is Napster; to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the current scourge is
  • CanWest bags Endemol's TV distribution arm


    Toronto-based CanWest Entertainment will pay more than $100m for the international television distribution assets of Endemol Entertainment, the Dutch media company recently purchased by Spain's Telefonica.
  • Contact 2000 co-production market set for Berlin


    Three international cultural subsidy groups will host a co-production and co-financing market, Contact 2000, in Berlin, from November 24 to 26.
  • Lions Gate posts net loss despite revenue gains


    Vancouver-based Lions Gate Entertainment is improving its performance but the company's investment in Mandalay Pictures continues to drag it down. According to financial results for the year ended March 31, 2000, the company posted a 129% increase in revenue, from $79.8m (C$118.3m) to $183m (C$271m), and a 110% increase in gross profit from $15.5m (C$23m) to $32.7m (C$48.4m). However, the bottom line saw a net loss, including the company's equity pick up of the non-cash operating loss ...
  • Imax puts itself on the block


    Pioneering giant-screen entertainment company, Imax Corp, has hired investment firms Goldman Sachs and Wasserstein, Perella & Co to advise it on sale or merger opportunities. The company's share price jumped 18% to $26.50 yesterday on the news.
  • Soldier video game falls foul of BC ratings board


  • CanWest gets greenlight to launch Canadian network


    CanWest Global Communications is to form Canada's third national free-TV network after this week securing regulatory approval of its $545m purchase of the prinicpal TV assets of WIC Western International Communications.
  • Canadian start-up has TiMe on its side


    Wolfram Tichy's TiMe Film & Television Produktion is backing start-up Canadian production company Savi Media in a long-term development and production deal.
  • Toronto to feature Crowe, Lurie premieres


    DreamWorks' untitled Cameron Crowe project and The Contender, directed by Rod Lurie and handled internationally by France's TF1, will make their world premieres at the 25th Toronto International Film Festival (September 7-16).
  • Alliance Atlantis reports 21% revenue boost


    Fuelled by an increase in library revenue, Alliance Atlantis released strong fourth quarter results this week, with revenue up 21.8% to $771.6m compared to $633.4m the previous year. Gross profit was up 37.1% to $179.2m compared to $130.7m.
  • Canadian province strikes $60m production jackpot


    Manitoba-based start-up production company Blye Brothers Entertainment has unveiled a $60m feature film slate that will see three to four features shot per year over the next three to four years.
  • Fox, Cinram seal North American video pact


    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Toronto-based videocassette and DVD manufacturer, Cinram International, have entered into a multi-year agreement under which Cinram will produce and distribute Fox's VHS tapes in the US and Canada.
  • Shower takes top honours at Seattle


    Continuing its award-nabbing festival tour, Chinese director Zhang Yang's Shower walked away with audience awards for Best Film and Best Director at the 26th Seattle International Film Festival, which wrapped on Sunday. The film has also yielded prizes at Toronto, San Sebastian, Thessaloniki and Rotterdam.
  • DreamWorks to release Shrek in Imax 3D


    DreamWorks' animated film Shrek is set to be released in Imax 3D, the first full-length animated feature to be released in the format as Walt Disney's Fantasia 2000, which opened in January, was shown on 2D.
  • Landscape enlists Cronenberg for Internet start-up


    Indie film giant Intermedia is launching into TV with the acquisition of a 24.9% stake in Box TV, the start-up production house run by former Channel 4 executive Gub Neal.
  • Texas Instruments licenses DLP technology to Imax


    Imax Corporation and electronics giant Texas Instruments (TI) have entered an agreement which will see the large-format entertainment company develop, manufacture and market projectors based on TI's (Digital Light Processing) DLP Cinema projection technology for large-format IMAX theatres.
  • Canada's Nelvana, Keystone hit IPO hurdles


    Two Canadian entertainment companies have cut back or withdrawn public offerings as market volatility continues to unbalance North American stock exchanges. Toronto-based animation house Nelvana Ltd has trimmed back the number of shares in a US public offering from a proposed 3.75 million shares to 2.5 million. The shares, priced at $15.40 each, will realise $33.3m, less than $19.2m of the original amount sought.Meanwhile, Vancouver-based children and youth entertainment company ...
  • Nielsen, Amberwood form joint production venture


    Actor Leslie Nielsen and Canadian animation house Amberwood Entertainment have entered into a joint venture to produce a range of family-oriented TV and video projects as well as a live-action theatrical feature with Nielsen in the lead.
  • Paramount Classics chooses Equinox for Quebec


    Paramount Classics has signed a theatrical distribution output deal with Equinox Entertainment, which sees the Montreal-based producer-distributor releasing all its pictures in Quebec in French and English. Paramount Canada releases Classics pictures in the rest of Canada.
  • Une Affaire De Gout


    Dir : Bernard Rapp. France. 1999. 90 mins.
  • Canada launches documentary market


    This year's edition of North America's largest documentary film festival, the Canadian International Documentary Festival (May 1-7), marks the launch of a documentary financing market, the Toronto Documentary Forum.
  • Telefilm advised to quit television


    Telefilm Canada, the country's principal source of production subsidy, has been advised to pull out of television and concentrate on film in two separate reports, by the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) and consultancy KPMG.
  • CanWest dubs new US distribution venture IDP


    Canada's CanWest Entertainment has confirmed a joint venture with Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and Carl Icahn, the billionaire backer of Stratosphere Entertainment, to launch an independent distribution outfit, IDP Distribution, to be based in New York.
  • Doroniuk exits post as Lions Gate chief


    Roman Doroniuk has resigned from his post as president and chief operating officer of Lions Gate Entertainment.
  • Alliance, TV-Loonland strike $75m children's pact


    Canada's Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC) and Germany's TV-Loonland have sealed a $75m (C$110m) children's content deal covering production, distribution, home video, merchandising, ecommerce and webcasting.
  • Alliance seeks licence for joint venture with BBC


    Several Canadian entertainment companies including Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting, have applied for licences to operate digital specialty channels in the latest request for proposals by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
  • Quebec duo launch $4bn counter-bid for Videotron


    The gloves truly came off this weekend in the high-stakes battle for Canadian media domination.
  • Intractor appointed Imax Enterprises president


    Imax Corporation has appointed Richard Intrator to the newly created position of president, Imax Enterprises and executive vice president, Imax Ltd.
  • US, Canadian producers agree BC labour pact


    Three years of harmony is assured in Canada's west coast film production sector as producer representatives from the US and Canada ratified a collective agreement with the British Columbia Council of Film Unions.
  • Rogers, Shaw unite against BCE


    In a case of "my enemy's enemy is my friend", Canada's two rival cable providers have cut a $2.7bn (C$4bn) deal, swapping cable assets and merging their high-speed Internet access services, to prepare for battle against the nation's principal telco, BCE.
  • TVA in talks to acquire Montreal's Motion


    Quebec-based broadcaster TVA is in takeover talks with Montreal production and distribution company Motion International.
  • Shaw Communications takes fibre-optic stake


    Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications has signed a $270m (C$400m) deal with 360networks, the high-speed fibre-optic network headed up by former Microsoft CFO Greg Maffei.
  • Nelvana launches new media arm as earnings surge


    The situation at Cinar may be dire but Canada''s other major children''s entertainment player is in robust health. Toronto-based Nelvana Limited posted strong fourth quarter results as it announced the creation of a new media division and several attendant projects, including the world''s first TV series in Flash Animation.
  • Biondi, Chen tip in for Reelplay financing


    US virtual market player has raised $4.5m from Hollywood and Silicon Valley as it closed a second round of financing led by Japan''s Softbank Venture Capital.
  • Lions Gate brings home Canadian distribution


    Lions Gate Entertainment has restructured its television division as well as the Canadian arms of its production and theatrical distribution outfits, where the company has brought sales functions back in-house after a two-year service agreement with Alliance Atlantis'' distribution subsidiary, Odeon Films.
  • Canada's CTV accepts BCE takeover


    Canada''s largest broadcaster CTV has accepted a takeover offer from telco giant BCE in a deal worth approximately $1.57bn (C$2.3bn) having held out for an extra $20m.
  • Damon takes control of Behaviour


    International sales specialist Mark Damon is taking control of troubled Montreal production and distribution entity Behaviour Communications, potentially halting the piece-meal disintegration of what was once one of Canada''s leading entertainment companies.
  • CTV shareholders resist takeover


    CanWest Global Communications and Electrohome Broadcasting, both shareholders in Canada's biggest broadcaster CTV, are resisting telco BCE's proposed $2.3bn takeover of the company.
  • Lions Gates teams with Ellis for E-Psycho site


    The North American release of American Psycho will be ushered in by the psycho himself. In an innovative web-based promotional campaign called Pseudo Psycho, author Brett Easton Ellis, who penned the source novel, will unleash his creation Patrick Bateman once again.
  • Blair Witch video sales propel Alliance to profit


    Alliance Atlantis Communications boosted its third quarter earnings by 123% thanks in part to brisk video sales of The Blair Witch Project and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
  • AFM: Alliance retrenches from finance lending


    Alliance Atlantis Corp (AAC) has downscaled its Equicap structured financing division as part of a overall strategy to concentrate on its core film and TV production and distribution businesses.
  • AFM: Alliance Atlantis has head in Clouds


    Alliance Atlantis Communications (AAC) is to finance White Clouds, the Italian-set kidnapping drama that was the last completed feature film screenplay from the late British dramatist Dennis Potter.
  • OFDC report calls for Ontario studio


    Ontario's film industry needs a state-of-the-art studio facility, according to a study commissioned by the Ontario Film Development Corp and the Toronto Film and Television Office.
  • Famous Players, Alliance invest in Canadian chain


    Viacom's Famous Players Theatres and Alliance Atlantis Communications have taken a combined 21% stake in Galaxy Cinemas, the newest player in the Canadian exhibition market.
  • Disney pulls plug on Canadian animation studios


    So much for Canada stealing all that production work from Hollywood: The Walt Disney Co has now confirmed that it is closing its animation facilities in Vancouver and Toronto four years after opening them, laying off more than 200 staff and dealing a significant blow to Canadian animation.
  • Videotron, Rogers confirm $4.1bn merger


    North America's seventh largest cable TV operator was forged on Monday when Canada's biggest cable company, Rogers Communications, announced a merger with Groupe Videotron, the country's third largest.
  • iCraveTV close to settlement with studios


    Canada's iCraveTV, the web-site that has raised the ire of the US and local entertainment industries, is understood to be close to reaching a settlement with its powerhouse adversaries.
  • Alliance Atlantis taps Telefilm executive


    Three weeks after moving its motion picture operation from Los Angeles to Toronto, Alliance Atlantis is hiring Bill House, one of Canada's most prominent public sector film executives, to boost its feature production profile at home.
  • Genies favour Felicia's Journey


    Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey won four Genie Awards, including the best actor accolade for Bob Hoskins and best adapted screenplay for Egoyan, at the 20th edition of the Canadian film awards ceremony in Toronto on Sunday night.
  • Maths may improve exhibitors' bottom line


    Choose fewer "right" movies and show them longer: in the tight margin world of exhibition, this may become a mantra. Three academics who collaborated at the University of British Columbia have developed a mathematical programme that helps exhibitors determine which films to run, if and when to replace them and how long to play them. Their research, just published in the journal Marketing Science, suggests a multiplex's profit margins can be increased by between 30% and 100%."In ...
  • New Films expands Miramax deal


    New Films International is expanding its distribution pact with Miramax International following its move into exhibition in Turkey where it holds a 50% stake in five-theatre Istanbul outfit New Art International.