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CMF funding up 3% in 2014/15: report

The Canada Media Fund’s latest annual report says the organization contributed $365.6 million to Canadian TV and digi projects this past fiscal year, up $11 million over the year prior.

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Trilight nabs Michael J. Fox to topline A.R.C.H.I.E.

Fox has signed on to be the voice of Archie, the robotic dog and lead character of the Trilight Entertainment family feature.

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Syfy takes Dark Matter to season two

The U.S. net ordered up a 13-episode second season of the Prodigy Pictures drama series.

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Killjoys ‘warrants’ second season on Space

Record ratings earn the sci-fi series about intergalactic bounty hunters a season-two order from Bell Media.

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Beeba Boys, Into the Forest get VIFF gala screenings

Other films set to screen at the festival in either gala or special presentations include Hyena Road and This Changes Everything. (Into the Forest pictured.)

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BravoFACT awards $570K across 13 projects

Molly Parker’s Bird and Matthew Hannam’s Paseo were among the shorts selected to receive funding in BravoFACT’s latest round.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Aug. 21, 2015 to Aug. 27, 2015

Le Mirage tops the chart for the week of Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, followed by Le journal d’un vieil homme at #2 and Turbo Kid at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Aug. 21, 2015 to Aug. 27, 2015

Straight Outta Compton stays at #1 for the week of Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, with Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation at #2 and Hitman: Agent 47 at #3.

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Dark Matter finale draws 397K

The conclusion to season one, which aired in two back-to-back episodes on Friday night, drew the show’s largest overnight audiences to date.

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Blue Ant requests reduced Cancon requirements for Cottage Life

A CRTC application filed by Blue Ant Media is requesting the CRTC reduce Cottage Life’s daytime Canadian content exhibition requirements for the remainder of its current licence.

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Michael Drabot joins William F. White

The former Production Services Toronto exec joins William F. White as the company’s new VP/general manager of Whites Winnipeg and national client services.

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The Sabbatical, Nestor get Whistler world bows

Patterson’s Wager, The Sublet and FSM were also included in the first lineup announcement for the festival.

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TIFF ’15: Subbing in Sudbury for LA in Born to be Blue

Filmmaker Robert Budreau talks to Playback about the strategies deployed to successfully shoot Born to be Blue in Sudbury and the partnerships formed to make the film a reality.

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Discovery’s high-flying year

Ratings for the brand’s suite of digital networks are up 33% for 2015 to date.

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Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs Aug. 10, 2015 to Aug. 16, 2015

Insurgent tops the DVD chart for the week of Aug. 10 to 16, with Hot Pursuit at #2 and Home at #3.