All eyes on Blais, Joly at Prime Time in Ottawa

OTTAWA — The 22nd annual Prime Time in Ottawa industry conference — a good place to take Canada’s TV temperature — kicked off Thursday. Bell Media’s least favourite CRTC chair, Jean-Pierre Blais, managed to duck in and out without a single question about those Super Bowl ads. Blais, whose term as chair ends in June… Read on



MIPCOM 2016: “Talent Voices” speak for Canada

CANNES, France — Do “Talented Voices Drive International Appeal”? That was the title of an all-Canadian panel I had the privilege of moderating this week at MIPCOM, the international TV marketplace. Every year, Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund work to showcase worthy Canadian productions to industry buyers and sellers and network executives from around the… Read on


MIPCOM 2016: Day One

CANNES, France — If you think TV is already peaking in North America, brace yourselves for a world of content spilling over from the rest of the world. That’s my view on my third visit to MIPCOM, the international television marketplace. Here literally thousands of TV shows are shopped to content seekers from around the… Read on


CMF’s Creighton bullish on Canadian TV in world market

While in Cannes two weeks ago to attend MIPCOM, I had a lovely visit with Valerie Creighton, the President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Besides her funding responsibilities, Creighton is a tireless advocate for Canadian content and she has the passion and vigor for the job. We sat in these horribly uncomfortable chairs… Read on



Welcome to MIPCOM, like Vegas in a Cannes

CANNES, France—Still not convinced that television is becoming a one big world business? Turn on a TV in France and you see the same thing you see if you turn a set on any time of the night or day in Canada—Murdoch Mysteries. As I type, an episode from Season Seven of the shot-in-Toronto detective… Read on