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In Brief: How Pyewacket benefited pocketbooks

Plus: Canada-Israel digi media projects receive development and production coin, Scott White joins CAVCO and more.

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Deals: CraveTV, Riddle Films, TFO

Starz original Counterpart is heading to the Bell Media-owned streamer, plus more deals.

Murdoch Home for the Holidays

Shaftesbury, Cineplex expand partnership

The Murdoch Mysteries holiday special will debut on cinema screens in 11 cities across the country ahead of its CBC debut.

La Voix

Quebecor Fund awards $2.3M across nine projects

Roughly $1.3 million was distributed through its convergent stream, including an interactive component for season six of the reality series La Voix.

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Hochelaga does not advance in Oscar race

The Max Films-produced feature from director Francois Girard didn’t make the short list for best foreign-language picture.

Diversity Roundtable

Breaking barriers: Diversity needs ‘margin for failure’

In part two of Playback‘s roundtable, execs talk international biases against diverse casting, the need for a higher risk tolerance and the growing demand for representation.

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A safer workplace manifesto

The industry has a problem. It’s time to address it. Here’s how we can start.

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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.

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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.