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Canadian Bill Could Change the Game for Streaming Services

By Gary Symons Nov. 4, 2020 The federal government in Canada has tabled a bill proposing amendments to its Broadcasting Act that will force major changes for streaming services like Netflix, Crave, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Spotify, as well as for non-Canadian licensees.  The changes affect a market of 39 million people – about the size of California – and will result in higher costs for streaming services in the country, and a requirement for more Canadian content.  Bill C-10 essentially brings streaming services under the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which currently regulates broadcasters, cable providers and telecommunications companies.  The bill would require streamers to contribute up to $830 million annually toward Canadian content by 2023, and would require a significant amount of Canadian content to be made readily… . . . read more

Beauty

Celebrating the Beauty in Diversity

Wrapping up the latest in diverse intiatives from fashion and beauty leaders like Kimora Lee Simmons, MAC/Disney, Nikita Dragun, Calvin Klein, and Marvel…


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Online

Digital Deets: Retail, Social & Gaming Updates

What you need to know from ecommerce, egaming, and internet-related news. Featuring Amazon, Rovio/Sprint, pocket.watch, YouTube, TikTok, and more…


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Retail

Retail Watch: Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Other Trends

Updated: The top trends and data points to help you digest this holiday weekend. Featuring Amazon, YouTube/Teespring, Kering/Net-a-Porter, and more research firms than you can shake a stick at…


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Experiential

Experiential & Content Initiatives: From Theme Parks to Boxing Matches

New partnerships between CBS x Six Flags, eOne x Alibaba, expansion from Funko, Bandai Namco, and Koso Rose Media, plus the big take-aways from the Logan Paul x KSI match…


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Esports

Esports Watch: New Leagues & Expansions

The top esports news and activations from UTA, Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, the IOC, steamers YouTube and Twitch, and more…


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Entertainment/Character

New Film & Media

The newest entertainment/character properties to watch.

Featuring: Hasbro, Marvel, Sanrio, Martin Literary, Star Wars, Rooster Teeth, and more…


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People

Who’s News

Follow the latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Netflix, BBC, Spin Master, Tomy, Vivid Toy, Carolina Herrera, and more…


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Entertainment/Character

Entertainment in Experiential & Social

Follow the latest in social media trends and experiental licensing, and what that means for entertainment/character brands.

Featuring: Sanrio, Disney, LEGO, Cartoon Network, and more…


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Branding

Google, YT & Microsoft MVPs Amongst Tech Brands

The title of most powerful tech brand worldwide goes to Google for the first time in six years—with the previous No. 1, Apple, falling behind other like YouTube, Microsoft, and Samung…


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