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Blue Ant unveils ‘Digital Studios’ and new Facebook Watch series

The global producer/distributor has rebranded L.A.-based Omnia Media’s production arm as Blue Ant Digital Studios.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2018

Hochelaga: Terre Des Ames is at #1, with Le trip a trois in second place and Les scenes fortuites at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2018

Fifty Shades Freed tops the charts, followed by Peter Rabbit at #2 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at #3.

Juggernaut

Deals: eOne, Spotlight Pictures, 9 Story

L.A.-based Spotlight Pictures has acquired the international sales rights to writer-director Daniel DiMarco’s crime drama, Juggernaut, plus more.

Mobile Homes

Dark Star Pictures picks up Mobile Homes

The U.S. distributor is planning a theatrical release for the Canada/France copro this summer.

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LevelFilm acquires Search Engine

Search Engine president John Bain joins the Toronto indie distributor as head of distribution.

The Dogs

Wild Media goes to The Dogs

The Toronto prodco has optioned Allan Stratton’s award-winning YA novel for feature adaptation.

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Canada and Germany digi copros receive $326K in funding

Among the selected projects is Montreal-based Zone3′s collab with Berlin VR studio INVR Space, DNA Danse.

Don't Talk to Irene

EFM deals: Gravitas Ventures nabs Pat Mills’ ‘Irene’

Plus, Shout! Factory Studios has picked up the U.S. digital and broadcast rights to the Soska sisters’ remake of David Cronenberg’s horror classic Rabid.

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One quarter of Shaw employees take buyout

As the company looks to reinvent its operating model, 3,300 employees have accepted a voluntary departure package.

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Quebecor Fund selects two films to share $380K

A Daniel Grou-directed mafia drama from Attraction Images and Caramel Films is one of the projects funded through the Film Production Assistance Program.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Feb. 6 to 12, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery takes the top spot, followed by Stranger Things at #2 and CTV original Cardinal at #10.

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Celluloid Dreams takes Death of a Ladies’ Man

The Paris, France-based distributor has acquired world sales rights to the upcoming Canada/Ireland copro from director Matt Bissonnette.

Maudie

In brief: Maudie wins at Women’s Image Awards

Plus: Montreal’s MELS Studios and Postproduction adds a new face, SK Films’ Amazon Adventure honoured and more.

Hit the Ice

Hit the Ice glides back for sixth season

The hockey competition show is one of two Nish Media-produced series set to debut on APTN this winter.