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State of the industry: Canadian kids TV

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral Media’s assets, they are optimistic that the same new platforms threatening traditional TV will provide them with greater global reach. Mark Dillon reports. The […]

DHX buys Family Channel, Disney XD for $160m

DHX Media is to buy leading Canadian children’s net Family Channel and three Disney-branded channels for C$170 million (US$160 million) from Bell Media. Bell-operated Disney Junior and the English and French-language Disney XD pay TV networks are part of the agreement. The deal needs approval the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission […]

Chairman exits as Bell-Astral names post-merger top team

Astral Media’s chairman will exit the firm following its merger with rival Bell, as part of a major management reshuffle that sees Jacques Parisien take a key role. Upon closure of the merger, André Bureau will exit the company to continue work with law firm Heenan Blaikie. Also exiting is Astral’s long serving president of […]

Bell’s $3.4bn Astral deal approved with conditions

Bell Canada Enterprises’ C$3.4 billion (US$3.2 billion) acquisition of rival Astral Media has been approved, but it must sell resulting holdings in local networksincluding Disney Junior and Cartoon Network. Canada’s media regulator the CRTC has greenlit to deal, which has been in the works for more than a year, providing BCE adheres to a series […]

Canada’s turn to shine

Canada is a top originator of English-language scripted and factual content. Ever savvier of the international market, the country’s producers and distributors are more aggressively seeking out US partnerships as a springboard to the rest of the world, reports Mark Dillon. One reason Canadian producers need a global outlook is a challenging broadcast landscape at […]