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.
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.
Carolyn Saunders on building out ‘The Wasting’
Following a U.K. shoot, post is underway in Toronto on Saunders’ privately financed debut feature.
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.
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.
PNP acquires Hitchcock/Truffaut
The documentary will get its Canadian theatrical release in early December.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
WFF to honour Bruce Greenwood
Greenwood is among three actors to be honoured by the festival.
Rainmaker revenues up for Q3
The Vancouver-based animation studio reported a 45% increase in revenue compared to the same quarter of 2014.