Canada’s Walk of Fame is set to honour a slew of homegrown celebs including Ryan Reynolds, rock legends The Band and Rachel McAdams. They will be honoured alongside hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Louise Arbour and the late Jeff Healey.
Extended broadcast regulations into the online space would hinder innovative content streaming companies like YouTube, Netflix and others, Google Canada told the CRTC in hearings on the future of television on Monday. Jason Kee said asking digital companies to contribute to various Canadian-content funds, while at the same time not allowing them to benefit from them, would hurt the industry. “Mandatory contributions would likely increase costs to consumers in the form of increased subscription fees and creators in the form of diminished licence fees or revenue share for them,” Kee said.
It took about 10 minutes, but there was a Mayor Rob Ford joke made during an interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who makes his directing debut with the political drama Rosewater, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday.
But the funny line came not from the satire-loving TV host who has delighted in detailing Ford’s antics on his show, but Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Then They Came for Me, Bahari’s book about his time in Iran’s Evin prison, inspired the film.
One juicy starring role per year is just not enough for some A-listers. After all, luxury beach houses don’t pay for themselves. At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, a huge variety of major players — many of them already familiar to fest-goers — are pulling double and sometimes triple duty in new projects. Now the challenge for viewers is keeping all their efforts apart.
As TIFF 2014 swings into full gear this week, the Ontario Media Development Corporation is back again to host a number of industry focused events. Among them is the International Financing Forum (IFF) a feature film co-financing event. Where selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, agents and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities.
Canadian TIFF Films funded by OMDC
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