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Blue Ant requests reduced CPE 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.

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Corus stations switch from CBC to CTV

The CRTC has approved the request to switch the Ontario stations over from airing CBC programming to CTV.

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Deals: Space, Mongrel, Nelvana, DHX

Space picks up the intergalactic drama The Expanse (pictured), and more deals of the week.

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Food Net Canada orders side helping of You Gotta Eat Here!

Sixteen themed episodes, featuring best bits from previous seasons, will begin airing on Sept. 4.

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Bell Fund distributes $3.5M across 27 projects

Shaftesbury and Radical Sheep are among the recipients of production funding in the latest Bell Fund round.

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Coming Soon: Backcountry

D Films’ Michael Robson on his distribution strategy for Backcountry and its potential for screens and audiences in Canada’s more remote communities.

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Jon Rutherford to lead Temple Street’s new distribution arm

The former Tricon exec becomes president of distribution at Temple Street, which also announced it has inked a worldwide content deal with Netflix for Lost & Found Music Studios.

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Analysis: Mary Ann Turcke rings the bell

This week’s executive shakeup at Bell Media shows the company means business in tackling the one-two punch of declining ad revenues and shifting viewership.

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Soda Pictures makes pair of pre-TIFF acquisitions

The Thunderbird Films-owned distributor has acquired Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (pictured) ahead of its world premiere at TIFF ’15.

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The Sun At Midnight rises for NWT shoot

The project from Jill and Jackfish Productions is the first Northwest Territories feature film to receive production funding from Telefilm.