AAC to continue with drama series under contract

TORONTO — Alliance Atlantis is axing offices in Canada and the U.K. as part of its plan to slash its entertainment division.

The Toronto-based producer, broadcaster and distributor is shuttering Salter Street Films in Halifax, the Vancouver and Edmonton offices of docu producer Great North Prods. and Cafe Prods.’ London office with a loss of 70 jobs. Offices in Los Angeles, Canada and Ireland also will see staff cuts.

“We are no longer going to be producing miniseries, movies of the week or feature films,” VP of corporate and public affairs Kym Robertson told Daily Variety. “We’re going to continue to operate in kids and fact (documentary) sectors, but we’ve reduced our staffing to an appropriate model for production and distribution.”

Robertson said AAC will continue to produce drama series that are already under contract, but would not speculate on the fate of any shows, with the exception of the Salter Street-produced political satire “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” which she said will continue.

Company brass have already said “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “CSI: Miami,” which AAC co-produces with CBS, will be unaffected.

Robertson also said on Tuesday that the Halifax studios of AAC’s Independent Film Channel will be unaffected, and the fate of the company’s three post-production facilities, which have been up for sale for some time, remains undecided.

The broadcast and motion picture distribution divisions, including the new Movie Distribution Income Fund, also will be unaffected.

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