Stephen Stohn on OTTs, Degrassi and the virtue of failure

Playback caught up with the veteran producer to discuss his new memoir, Whatever It Takes.

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Deals: Blue Ant, Cineflix, Syndicado

Blue Ant International adds adult scripted to its sales catalogue as it looks to expand its offerings heading into MIPTV, plus more pre-market deals.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand March 13 to 19, 2018

Marvel’s Jessica Jones tops the charts, followed by Toronto-shot Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and Stranger Things at #3.

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Corus Studios greenlights four originals ahead of MIPTV

Big Rig Warriors from Montreal’s Attraction Images is among a trio of new docuseries, while Corus also commissioned Forte Entertainment’s Stitched for Slice.

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Pricing biggest factor in cord-cutting: study

Many Canadians say they’d prefer to customize their TV package. But which channels would they pick?

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NFB launches Indigenous Cinema initiative

The curated collection of over 200 English- and French-language titles is part of the organization’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan.

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Fresh TV spins its web with Lucas the Spider

The Toronto-based prodco known for Backstage has partnered with animator Joshua Slice to expand the animated spider’s adventures.

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Erica Proudlock returns to the CFC

The former manager of CFC’s film programs is rejoining the institute as its new exec in charge of programs and talent.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 5 to March 11, 2018

The Big Bang Theory tops the charts, Big Brother Canada lands at #15 and #21 and Murdoch Mysteries is at #23.


Filming underway in Vancouver on BritBox’s Bletchley Circle revival

Produced by Omnifilm Entertainment, the eight-part series is the first original series from the U.K.-focused SVOD service, which launched last month in Canada.


Netflix nabs Meditation Park

Mina Shum’s feature has also been picked up for distribution by Cine Colombia and Encore Inflight, among others.

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Canadian copros score Eurimages coin

Elia Suleiman’s It Must be Heaven and Canada/France/Belgium copro Pompeii walked away with a portion of the funding.

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Madison Merritt joins eOne as development SVP in L.A.

Merritt will head up the creation, development and sales of non-scripted series and content.


Howie Mandel, ICM Partners lead investor group in Just For Laughs acquisition

A statement issued by the new owners stressed that the yearly festival will stay in Montreal and that JFL jobs and offices will also remain in Quebec.