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Netflix closes in on 140 million subs

The streaming giant admitted blockbuster video games like Fortnite are an increasing threat to consumers’ viewing time, but said it will focus on its user experience for future growth.

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How Charles Officer’s Invisible Essence came into focus

The filmmaker speaks with Playback about the rocky road to making his latest doc, Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, which launched on Netflix internationally this week.

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Deals: Gusto, Blue Ant, Corus, Strada, Space Tigers

Gusto TV makes its Latin American debut, Blue Ant’s Smithsonian expands its global footprint, Corus lands a new food competition series and more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 8 to 14, 2019

Titans tops the chart, followed by Toronto-shot Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and Netflix’s Black Mirror at #3.

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DHX appoints new head of rights strategy

The kids media company has tapped Lara Ilie as VP of rights strategy and named Rachel Taylor as its new commercial director for WildBrain.

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Uncork’d Entertainment picks up Crown and Anchor

The Texas-based distributor has acquired Canadian and U.S. distribution rights to Andrew Rowe’s Newfoundland-shot drama.

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Randy Lennox elected chair of Banff World Media Festival

The Bell Media president takes over from outgoing chair John Morayniss, who ends his three-year term.

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Great Great Great heads to the U.S.

The dramedy from director Adam Garnet Jones will receive a theatrical and VOD release through a deal with New York-based distributor Ammo Content.

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Experimentation leading to new opps for creators: CMF Trends

The funder’s latest report explores the ways content producers can capitalize on new opportunities like interactive audio and location-based entertainment.

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In Brief: The Grizzlies wins over audiences at Palm Springs film fest

Plus: CBC preps a pair of playful docs and the team behind the live comedy show Rapp Battlez lands U.S. representation.

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Raven Banner picks up Danishka Esterhazy’s Level 16

The genre-focused distributor will release the thriller day-and-date with its U.S. theatrical debut.

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New drone regulations could have major impact on domestic filming

Transport Canada’s new regulations for drone operators, to be implemented this summer, are causing concern in the industry.

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Deanna Wong named executive director of Reel Asian Film Fest

This is Wong’s second term as exec director, after she previously held the role from 2005 to 2008.

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Tantoo Cardinal among ACTRA Toronto 2019 nominees

Other nominees in the Outstanding Performance – Female category include Amybeth McNulty and Katie Douglas, while CBC swept the ensemble category.