Production spotlight: Mexico

Indie production is ramping up in Mexico, its Los Cabos International Film Festival is growing and Canadians are eyeing south of the (U.S.) border opportunities.

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Best of the Year: Murdoch Mysteries

Almost retired at 65 (episodes), but now in the prime of life, Shaftesbury’s globe-trotting Canadian success story is Playback‘s TV Show of the Year.

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Carolyn Saunders on building out ‘The Wasting’

Following a U.K. shoot, post is underway in Toronto on Saunders’ privately financed debut feature.

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Deepa Mehta honoured by TFCA

As part of the prize, Mehta will award a filmmaker of her choosing with $50,000 in services from Technicolor Creative Services.

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Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs Nov. 9, 2015 to Nov. 15, 2015

Inside Out remains atop the DVD chart for the week of Nov. 9 to Nov. 15, followed by Terminator Genisys at #2 and Train Wreck at #3.

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PNP acquires Hitchcock/Truffaut

The documentary will get its Canadian theatrical release in early December.

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What Bell Media’s new HBO partnership means for indies

Bell Media’s SVP of indie production Corrie Coe shares details on the new original programming program that sees a door open between Canadian producers and HBO in the U.S.

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Houdini & Doyle shoot travels to Toronto

Head of Shaftesbury U.S. and executive producer Maggie Murphy on moving the drama’s production from the U.K. to Canada. (Location Casa Loma pictured.)

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Deals: Gusto, Picture Box, Stingray, Blue Ant

Gusto TV’s One World Kitchen (pictured) has been picked up by Dubai-based Fatafeat TV, plus more deals of the week.

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Telefilm invests $8M across 12 features

Films selected to receive production financing in this latest round include Goon: Last of the Enforcers and Operation Insanity.

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Programmer of the Year: Sally Catto

Amidst two years of CBC corporate drama, Catto and her team developed a raft of new edgy series for 2015, proving the pubcaster could deliver on its premium-programming promise.

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RIDM responds to ‘of the North’ controversy

The film from Quebec filmmaker Dominic Gagnon, which screened twice during the Montreal-based doc festival, uses various clips of Inuit culled from video sites.

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Coming Soon: Cold Deck

Filmmaker and star Stefano Gallo reveals his (distribution) hand and talks about the release strategy behind the poker-based thriller, opening theatrically on Dec. 4.

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WFF to honour Bruce Greenwood

Greenwood is among three actors to be honoured by the festival.

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Rainmaker revenues up for Q3

The Vancouver-based animation studio reported a 45% increase in revenue compared to the same quarter of 2014.