Cine-Source sales and Service Ltd. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Whites Digital Sales and Services Inc. Larry Lavoie has stepped up (Lavoie was former GM of Whites Digital) to lead the new company; he is President and GM of “Cine-Source”. Cine-Source President Larry Lavoie is thrilled that he is able to “continue a long standing tradition of knowledgeable customer service, technical know-how and innovative solutions as provided by original founder Don Hall when he started “Cinequip” over 45 years ago”.
Canadian broadcasters will have less stringent Canadian content requirements, no longer have genre protection around specialty channels and be required to put funds toward creating higher quality home-grown productions as a result of the findings of the CRTC’s Let Talk TV public hearings. In an Ottawa speech to the Canadian Club Thursday, Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, outlined the first wave of changes intended to develop higher quality Canadian programming.
Five years after the death of Dennis Hopper, the revered Hollywood actor and director, the production team that worked on his unreleased final film are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete the picture. The crowdfunding platform, which was successfully used to fund Zach Braff’s comedy film Wish I Was Here in 2013, is being used to raise $90,000 in post-production costs, allowing director Linda Yellen to cut Hopper’s film, add special effects and pay for the rights to use footage from other motion pictures.
Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. (Whites) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phyllis Yaffe to the Comweb/Whites Board of Directors, effective immediately. “Phyllis Yaffe has been a powerful force behind the growth of the Canadian film and television industry for over three decades,” states Bronfman. “We are honoured that she has agreed to serve on our board and we believe that her unparalleled experience and contributions will be extremely valuable to our company’s future success.”
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced half of its 2015 slate of 97 feature films, setting a lineup that includes the world premiere of features including James Franco starrer “The Adderall Diaries,” Olivia Wilde-Luke Wilson drama “Meadowland,” Richard Gere topliner “Franny” and “In My Father’s House,” a documentary about Che “Rhymefest” Smith, who recently won an Oscar for co-writing the song “Glory” from “Selma.”