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CMF awards $4.5M across nine digital media projects

Relish Interactive and Felix & Paul Studios each netted $1.2 million in the latest round of the funder’s commercial projects pilot program.

Diversity Roundtable

Breaking barriers: The ‘risk’ of diversity

When it comes to reaching a growing audience that’s chronically under-represented on screen, the real risk is being averse to change. Execs sound off in Playback‘s roundtable.

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Britbox SVOD coming to Canada

The British TV streamer from BBC Worldwide and ITV is set to launch in early 2018.

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Photo gallery: DOC Institute Honours 2017

The documentary organization feted the year’s best filmmakers and projects at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Dec. 5 to 11, 2017

Stranger Things is at #1, with Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and Marvel’s The Punisher at #3.

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DGC to launch anti-harassment audit

The directors’ guild has enlisted advisor Daina Green to review its workplace policies and practices, while lawyer Emma Phillips will provide legal advice.

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Sci-fi drama Plan B acquired in format deal

German prodco Pantaleon Films picked up the remake rights to the series from Montreal’s KOTV.

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Network Media Group names new exec chairman

Frank Anderson will lead the board of the Vancouver-based company, which recently produced feature-length doc I Am Heath Ledger for Spike TV and TMN.

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eOne signs first-look deal with King Bee Productions

The deal to develop and produce scripted TV marks the global studio’s latest partnership with high-profile creative talent.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2017

The Indian Detective is at #5, with Rick Mercer Report at #22 and Vikings at #27.

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LevelFilm picks up Prodigals

The third feature from director Michelle Ouellet will get a spring 2018 theatrical release in Canada.

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Filmmaker and animator Grant Munro dies at 94

Munro spent nearly five decades at the National Film Board of Canada, with credits including stop-motion film Toys and anthology short Christmas Cracker.

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Les Films Seville’s sequel successes

A pair of police comedies helped Playback’s Distributor of the Year thrive in an increasingly challenging exhibition market.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

Junior Majeur is at #9, with Coco at #1 and Justice League at #2.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

Junior Majeur is at #1, followed by The Man Who Invented Christmas at #2 and Pieds nus dans l’aube at #3.