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Storm brewing

TORONTO — French-language film and TV production in Quebec is facing a possible disruption after the Union des artistes on Wednesday threatened an "imminent strike" if a new collective deal with local producers is not reached by July 1. Raymond Legault, president of the UDA, which represents 6,900 Quebec stage, TV and film actors, said pressure needs to be placed on Quebec producers body L'Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ). The two sides have been negotiating a new deal since December and are hung up over the thorny issue of new-media rights.

Ticket hawking

BEIJING — Ticketmaster has expanded its China operations with the acquisition of a majority stake in Emma Entertainment Holdings HK Ltd., the ticketing and event promotions company that recently brought the Rolling Stones here. Ticketmaster's partnership with fledgling Emma Entertainment marks the company's third investment in the China market in the past 12 months, the company said. Previously, Ticketmaster formed partnerships with Beijing Gehua Ticketmaster Ticketing Co. Ltd. and Broadway China Network.

Talpa shifting

COPENHAGEN, Denmark —Talpa Scandinavia CEO Anna Carr-fors Bråkenhielm announced Thursday that she has bought Dutch media mogul John de Mol's 75% share of the Stockholm-based media concept outfit. Bråckenhielm, who set up Talpa in Scandinavia 13 months ago on behalf of de Mol, has rebranded the company Silverback. Like Talpa Scandinavia, Silverback aims to serve as a one-stop creative shop with the ambition to develop strong international formats for TV and new-media platforms.
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