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Xavier Dolan’s Mommy not advancing in Oscar’s


The Canadian film did not make the nine-feature shortlist in the foreign language film category for the 87th Academy Awards.

Canadians light up lead roles in Prodigy’s Dark Matter


The Toronto-shot series from Prodigy Pictures and creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullieis is to air on Syfy and will start shooting in Toronto on Jan. 7.

CBC, Rogers Media to share Mr. D and Young Drunk Punk (exclusive)


After partnering to keep Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, both networks have carved out exclusive windows for season four of the Gerry Dee-starrer and the rookie Bruce McCulloch chuckler.

Legendary Pictures options Andrew Pyper novel


The Pacific Rim (pictured) producer picked up an upcoming supernatural thriller from the Toronto-based novelist.

Cineplex delays release of The Interview


UPDATED: Following a similar decision by a host of U.S. exhibitors, Sony cancels release of the Seth Rogen-starring film altogether.

CRTC gains powers to fine regulatory offenders


Following passage of Bill C-43 amendments, companies that breach regulations face penalties of up to $15 million for violations.

HBO Canada preps January debut for Sports on Fire


The six-part series from Project 10 Productions and Two 4 The Money Media brings fresh angles to iconic sporting moments.

CBC orders Nova Scotia-set miniseries Studio Black!


The ambitious four-parter is based on Nova Scotian folklore captured by an American historian during a 1923 visit to the province and its black communities.

How do you sell Canada to Hollywood as loonie plunges?


Talk tax credit stability and talent, not as much about currency, local players tell Playback Daily.

Millennium to release April Mullen’s 88 stateside


The indie distributor grabbed the U.S. home entertainment rights to the revenge thriller from Wango Films. (Mullen pictured)

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WIFT-T Crystal Awards 2014

WIFT-T Crystal Awards 2014 - Alumni of the 2014 WIFT-T Media Leadership program, from left: Tashi Bieler, Marcia Douglas, Janice Zolf, CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship recipient Courtney Graham, WIFT-T Director of Development Jackie Pardy, Mark Montefiore Credit: Yani Macute