Deals: Lionsgate, Arcana, Blue Ice, Peacock Alley
Lionsgate extends its distribution deal with France’s Metropolitan Film Export, and more deals of the week. (Arcana’s Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom pictured.)
Michael Serafini joins DHX as VP of programming
Serafini will lead strategic development, execution and promotion of DHX Television.
Andrea Gabourie finds her Forte
With three shows in the works, the former Corus exec chats to Playback Daily about why going international is imperative and how being an insider and outsider works in her favour.
Production wraps on Chokeslam
Playback Daily caught up with director Robert Cuffley as production finished up on his Saskatchewan-shot wrestling comedy Chokeslam.
Coming Soon: This Changes Everything
VSC VP Kerry Kupecz on the distribution strategy behind Avi Lewis’ documentary on the human impact of climate change, which opens theatrically Oct. 9.
Tara Ellis returns to CBC as executive director, scripted content
The 15-year Shaw veteran will lead the pubcaster’s content teams to develop comedy, drama and kids programming.
Federal candidates on screen-based industries
Focusing their comments largely on the CBC, Stephane Dion (LP) and Andrew Cash (NDP) discussed the future of screen-based industries at an event yesterday.
It’s tea time for season two of MsLabelled
The multiplatform comedy series is headed to a second season, with Tetley signing on as sponsor for the Smokebomb and Shift2-produced show.
CBC preps Reefer Riches for October bow
The Cynthia Banks-directed doc explores the corporatization of the marijuana business.
Saving Hope comes back strong
CTV revealed its final data for week one of the fall TV season, including ratings for the season four bow of Saving Hope and the performance of newly acquired shows like Quantico.
Production underway on Milton’s Secret
Casting details were also revealed by the producers Thursday, including the addition of Michelle Rodriguez (pictured) and David Sutcliffe.
Zuchlinski on career wins, challenges and a changing industry
Playback Daily caught up with Ontario film commissioner Donna Zuchlinski ahead of her Oct. 9 retirement from the position.
Arcana inks distribution deal with Shout! Factory
The California-based distributor has acquired the North American rights to Arcana’s Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, set for a 2016 release.
Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs Sept. 21, 2015 to Sept. 27, 2015
Amazing Race Canada hits #3 for the week of Sept. 21 to Sept. 27, with its after-show After the Race at #27 and Saving Hope landing at #21.
Telefilm invests $2.6M across 5 features
Productions selected to receive funding include Peter Lynch’s Birdland and Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Lavender.