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TAC/Pact speaking the same indie language
January 1, 2007

TAC/Pact speaking the same indie language

A merger between independent production orgs TAC (Wales) and Pact (the U.K.) looks likely to happen in early 2007. The upshot will be a bigger lobbying body with deeper pockets and a larger scope, and the union will also bolster Pact’s Welsh-language capabilities. The establishment of a bilingual strategic board and a Pact office in Wales is expected to follow in the coming months.

Free classic toons are what’s up, Doc

Warner Bros. and AOL’s broadband network In2TV have just launched a new Looney Tunes channel that will be home to 100 rare shorts from deep in the Warner Bros. vault. Available for free and on-demand at are classics like voice legend Mel Blanc’s debut as Porky Pig in Porky in Wackyland and What’s Up, Doc?, the short that launched the most famous catchphrase of all time. The channel will also offer hundreds of longer-form Warner Bros. titles.

Alliance Atlantis for-sale sign draws interest

CanWest Global is being bandied about as a potential buyer for Alliance Atlantis, which recently announced it’s on the market. With 13 specialty channels among its assets, including BBC Kids and Showcase Television, Alliance is estimated to be worth around US$1.5 billion. The acquisition would appear to make sense for CanWest, which owns terrestrial net Global TV and may be looking to expand into specialties. Other players expected to be sniffing around the sales block include YTV and Nelvana parentco Corus Entertainment and Rogers Communication.

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