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Could Loewy compete with MPD?

Alliance Atlantis’ Motion Picture Distribution has blocked the expected launch of a rival company headed by Victor Loewy with a court injunction, stalling its departed chair until an arbitrator can determine whether his non-compete clause – reportedly binding until next July – should be upheld.

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A whale of an MOW

Screen Siren Pictures is heading into post on Luna: The Way Home, the latest in CTV’s Heroes, Champions and Villains MOW series. The film – based on the true story of Luna, a recently deceased killer whale that lived in the harbor of a B.C. village for five years – shot around Vancouver Island last month.

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Wheeler likes Competition

Vancouver: Director Anne Wheeler is at the helm of The Competition, a holiday comedy currently shooting in B.C. for Lifetime Television.

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Insight on the Runway

Toronto: Insight Production is teaming with producer/distrib FremantleMedia (the Idol franchise) to put a Canadian spin on another hit U.S. reality show, Project Runway.

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Gals shooting Stone Angel

Winnipeg: Production is underway in Winnipeg on writer/director Kari Skogland’s big-screen adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s classic novel The Stone Angel, which is scheduled to wrap Sept. 22.

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Masterful McLaren on DVD

The National Film Board, in partnership with Toronto home video distributor Koch Vision, is releasing a seven-disc boxed set dedicated to the late Norman McLaren on Sept. 5, in time for the influential animator’s touring retrospective to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Under Sycamore underway

Vancouver – A down-and-out football star contemplates suicide, while an FBI agent tracks a serial killer in the intertwining premises of Under the Sycamore Tree, a feature coproduction between B.C. prodcos Bases Loaded Entertainment and Sycamore Productions, which was set to wrap in Vancouver on Aug. 20.

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Mainframe goes Nutty for Jerry Lewis

Vancouver – Animation house Mainframe Entertainment is set to team with Hollywood heavyweight The Weinstein Company and comedian Jerry Lewis on an animated update of Lewis’ 1963 comedy The Nutty Professor.

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Onda gets Intimate in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw – Regina’s Stephen Onda Productions wrapped the MOW Intimate Stranger for Lifetime Television and Global late last month.

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Insight, Kaleidoscope get Bloody

Vancouver – Insight Film Studios of Vancouver and Kaleidoscope Entertainment of Toronto are heading into production on the new CHUM sci-fi series Blood Ties. The $22-million season will shoot under the single-purpose banner of Bitten Productions, beginning Aug. 28 in Vancouver.

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Whistler hitches cart to Idol

CTV’s Canadian Idol once again helped boost the ratings of Whistler on Aug. 14. The nighttime soap garnered 512,000 viewers in the Monday 9 p.m. slot, replacing the recently cancelled ABC reality show One Ocean View.