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Sailing into international waters: Boat Rocker Media

Playback‘s 2018 Media Company of the Year gets closer to its global-studio vision with a year that saw significant M&A and an evolution of its business model.

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In Brief: Anne with an E one of Netflix’s most-binged in 2018

Plus: Canada-Ireland Codevelopment Incentive projects named, Rumble news and what’s next for Canada’s Jean-Marc Vallee.

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Netflix, Quebec Cinema launch mentorship lab

The three-year program marks the third Quebec talent initiative supported by Netflix’s $25 million development fund.

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Denis Cote to compete at Berlin film festival

The Canadian filmmaker returns to the festival for the world premiere of Ghost Town Anthology.

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Super Channel hires Jenny Hacker to lead programming

The network is expanding and reshuffling its roster of directors following the announcement that head programmer Melissa Kajpust will depart later this month.

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DHX inks more deals for underwater adventure series The Deep

Season three of the animated copro was picked up by international broadcasters including CBBC, Super RTL and VRT.

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Manitoba hits $210M in production volume

Film commissioner Carole Vivier attributes the increase to a combination of the province’s tax credit, its growing reputation and the relationships being built with U.S.-based studios.

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Playback’s 2018 Channel of the Year: OUTtv

“This year established a strong proof of concept in respect to our overall strategy,” says Brad Danks, citing globalization and direct-to-consumer relationships as key goals.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, 2018

The Good Doctor comes in at #1, followed by 9-1-1 at #2, while Murdoch Mysteries breaks the top 30.

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Quebec Cinema announces change to voting system for Iris Awards

The organization’s director general Segolene Roederer said the new system was created to give the Quebec film community more stake in the awards.

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Vancouver Web Fest on hiatus for 2019

Founder Suzette Laqua is stepping back to focus on her health in the year ahead, with the festival set to resume in 2020.

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Awards: Schitt’s Creek gets Critics’ Choice nod, UBCP/ACTRA winners

The CBC original is the first Canadian series to score a nomination in the comedy category, while a number of Canadian actors also earned film and TV nods.

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Playback’s 2018 Film Director of the Year: Stella Meghie

The Share Her Journey ambassador has become one of Canada’s top directorial exports, thanks to a TIFF world premiere and an upcoming feature with Universal.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2018

Clara blasts its way to the top slot, while Prosecuting Evil and Papa Est Devenu un Lutin come in at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2018

Ralph Breaks The Internet tops the chart, followed by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch at #2 and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at #3.