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Bell takes simsub dispute to Supreme Court

With Super Bowl LII less than three weeks away, Bell has requested a suspension of the CRTC’s simsub decision for the 2018 game and a reversal going forward.

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Deals: Breaking Glass Pictures, Films Transit, DHX Media

Breaking Glass takes U.S. rights to Yan England’s 1:54, plus new international deals inked for Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam.

Canada

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Telefilm

Industry stakeholders weigh in on areas for the national funder to focus on as it faces a leadership change and the continued shakeup of the film and media business.

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Juice Worldwide expands with California office

The Toronto-based digital distributor is setting up an L.A. operation, with Carrie Donmoyer tapped to lead.

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WIFT-T program cultivates media leaders of tomorrow

Sixteen industry members will participate in the executive development program, including Fathom Film Group’s Ann Shin and Shaftesbury’s Jay Bennett.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Jan. 9 to 15, 2018

Stranger Things and Star Trek: Discovery are still holding the #1 and #2 spots, meanwhile Travelers moves to #10.

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Joly, unions discuss harassment in creative sector

ACTRA National president David Sparrow said an industry-wide code of conduct could be ready by February.

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In brief: Nova Scotia creates new screenwriter fund

Plus: Canadian films head to Berlin, and Alma Parvizian upped to managing partner at Touchwood PR.

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Nelvana unveils senior management promotions, hires

Among them, Mellany Masterson is returning to the Corus-owned company in the role of VP sales, consumer products and international.

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Melanson exits Radical Sheep

Shaleen Sangha has been named the new VP of Boat Rocker’s kids production division, while Crooked Horse’s David Lerech has also been promoted.

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Kew sells Slasher, 19-2, Heartland in Lat Am deals

The company’s recently rejigged distribution unit is also shopping a number of Canadian projects at NATPE, including Frankie Drake Mysteries and Crawford.

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Wattpad raises $61M in additional funding

The fast-growing story-sharing platform intends to use some of the investment to expand its international footprint in film, TV and digital media.

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Copros, foreign service drive growth in Manitoba

The industry has seen sustained growth over the past five years, and just posted its best production year on record.

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DHX Media spreads Monster Mayhem

Nickelodeon International has picked up the kids CGI series for 140 territories worldwide.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 1 to 7, 2018

While ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory takes the #1 spot, Toronto-shot Star Trek: Discovery comes in at #17 and Cardinal lands at #23.