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Playback’s 5 to Watch: 2016 nominations now open

We’re looking for the hottest up-and-coming talent in the Canadian screen production industry – and we need you to help us find it. (Free to view.)

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Jennifer Podemski receives Nell Shipman Award

The Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee award recognizes a female producer, writer or showrunner who has worked to advance gender equity in the industry.

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CFC, eOne choose inaugural TV Adaptation Lab participants

Three writers will participate in the three-month program, which aims to incubate future TV writing talent under the likes of mentors such as David Shore.

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UK gov’t opts to maintain terms of trade

Eight months after calling for a terms of trade review, the UK’s culture secretary John Whittingdale (pictured, left) has opted to make no changes to the set of agreements between British indies and broadcasters. (Pictured, right: Pact chief exec John McVay.)

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Leos kick off with craft awards: Monsterville sweeps MOWs

The first of three awards ceremonies honouring B.C.’s film and TV industry was held Saturday in Vancouver. (Drama-category winner The Romeo Section pictured.)

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Radio-Canada tests windowing strategies with Tou.TV

CRO Jean Mongeau on how the pubcaster is experimenting with its French SVOD to boost viewership on linear while adding millennials.

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How Breakthrough is breaking out in horror

Breakthrough Entertainment’s Peter Williamson delves into the strategy behind the Toronto prodco’s latest move into the horror feature-film genre.

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Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs May 9 to 15, 2016

Deadpool is at #1 for the week of May 9 to 15, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens at #2 and 5th Wave at #3.

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Programming profile: Blue Ant Media

Looking to get a foot in the door at this multimedia co? Think like its crafty namesake and strategize innovative programming plays that take advantage
of its multiple points of entry.

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Anne Wheeler to receive DGC lifetime achievement award

The director will be among four recipients of special awards at the organization’s fall gala.

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Upfronts ’16: CBC tables a ‘transitional’ 2016/2017 schedule

As the pubcaster enters its third upfront under its premium-focused programming strategy, it continues to seek balance between new series, second chances and long-running hits.

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2016 AToMiC Awards winners revealed

Check out the disruptors, creators and shifters whose ideas took off.

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Deals: Crave TV, D Films, DHX, 9 Story

Bell Media streaming service Crave TV acquires eight-part miniseries Roots (pictured), plus more deals of the week.

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Trucktown gains licensing traction

More than a dozen licensing agents spanning South America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe are on-board Nelvana’s preschool brand.

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Upfronts ’16: CBC unveils biggest-ever digital slate

The pubcaster has nine new digital shows coming to its online channels next season. (My 90-Year-Old Roommate pictured.)

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Daniel DiMarco’s Juggernaut rolls into Kamloops

Production is underway in B.C. on the crime drama from writer/director Daniel Dimarco. (Lead Jack Kesy pictured.)