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Strategic Partners switches its strategy

The Atlantic Film Festival coproduction market will change to a project-based slate.

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In Brief: Saskatchewan honours Creighton, NSI gets down to business

CMF president and CEO Valerie Creighton (pictured) receives 2016 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, NSI launches a new business-focused program, and more news from the week.

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Sabbagh lands heavenly talent for new short

Writer/director Geordie Sabbagh is targeting a major-festival run for Tomorrow’s Shadows, in which David Cronenberg plays G.O.D.

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CPE up 5.4% in 2015, while conventional revenues dip: CRTC

The regulator’s annual breakdown of conventional TV performance shows most private CPE spend went to information programming.

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Game of Thrones sets another record for HBO Canada

The show’s season six Canadian premiere, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, broke the viewership record it set last year.

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Bell Media acquires indie Gusto brand for Canada

The deal will add a new food and lifestyle channel to Bell Media’s portfolio, while opening a new business model for Gusto Worldwide. (Updated.)

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Vancouver-based talent agencies announce merger

Kirk Talent Agency and Integral Artists will continue to operate under their existing names.

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Looking to the sky with season two of Indians and Aliens

Production is now underway on the Rezolution Pictures docuseries for APTN. (EP Christina Fon pictured.)

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Halfire back with Aftermath

Noreen Halpern’s prodco has a new series greenlit with Space and Syfy, starring Anne Heche (pictured).

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eOne signs first-look deal with Chopped creators

Cleve Keller and Dave Noll will develop and produce original unscripted programming for the studio through their Keller/Noll banner.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, April 18 to 24, 2016

MasterChef Canada is at #18 for the week of April 18 to 24, with Big Brother Canada at #25.

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Motive, The Romeo Section lead Leo nominations

CTV’s Motive (pictured) heads the field for the B.C.-based awards with 17 nominations, followed by The Romeo Section.

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Star Trek shoot confirmed for Toronto

The new series from CBS Television Studios is set to go to camera this fall.

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Bitten headed to the U.K.

All three seasons of the show have been acquired by NBCUniversal International Networks.

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Lionsgate launches Globalgate Entertainment

The company has partnered with industry veterans and eight international distributors to remake local-language movies.