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Durham Region offers reputable crews and the backing of over 600 support businesses, in addition to highly adaptable environments that ideally capture any era or subject matter.

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TIFF ’19: Heather Young’s Murmur takes Discovery prize

Canada/U.S. copro Anne at 13,000 ft earned an honourable mention in the Platform competition, while the remaining awards will be announced via social media.

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Deals: Markham Street Films, Intuitive Pictures, Guru Studio

Markham Street Films and Intuitive Pictures strike option deals, while Guru Studio inks new broadcast deals for True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

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Wow Unlimited stalls launch of linear channel

The company is “exploring strategic partnerships” as the launch of the former Bell Media-owned channel sees an indefinite delay.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for September 3 to 9, 2019

Stranger Things leads the list, followed by 13 Reasons Why and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance at #3.

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Boat Rocker acquires Platform One Media

Katie O’Connell Marsh, who has been promoted to founder and chairman of Platform One via the deal, will also take on a senior role at Boat Rocker.

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eOne buys U.S. unscripted prodco Blackfin

With the acquisition, Geno McDermott, founder and CEO of New York-based Blackfin, will serve as eOne’s president of U.S. alternative programming – unscripted television.

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More investment needed to stimulate Canada’s formats biz

Factual execs gathered at Content Canada to discuss the health of the domestic formats business and explore ways to nurture more export-ready hit formats.

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Programmer Profile: CBC Films

Senior director of CBC Films Mehernaz Lentin discusses what the pubcaster’s rebranded features banner is looking for and how indie producers can get on her radar.

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Photo gallery: 2019 CMPA Indiescreen Awards

See the movers and shakers who gathered to celebrate Canadian producers at the CMPA’s annual awards ceremony.

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In brief: Red Button spins off more stories

Plus: levelFILM lands a first-look deal to develop and produce true crime/horror content, while Thunderbird and Floyd Kane were recognized for their on screen inclusion work.

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Sony Pictures Worldwide nabs Run This Town

Twitter will also support the drama written and directed by Ricky Tollman with a “unique series of integrated promotions” ahead of its early 2020 release.

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Funders unite for workshop geared toward diverse creators

The One-Stop Funding Workshop gathers industry funders, including CMF, Telefilm, CBC and IPF, to discuss how they jointly finance content.

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CTV gears up for another ‘Amazing Race’

The Amazing Race Canada lands a season eight renewal following a seventh season that saw a major ratings boost in key demos.

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David Cormican, Dwayne Hill to adapt WWII memoir

Cormican and Hill will pen and showrun a miniseries based on Renate Stoever’s novel Escape From Plauen, set in post-WWII Germany.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, August 26 to September 1, 2019

The Amazing Race Canada holds the #1 spot, while comedy show The Beaverton cracks the top 30.