Etan Vlessing

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Oilers owner Daryl Katz to finance Joel Silver movies

The Canadian businessman has formed a new company, Silver Pictures Entertainment, with the veteran Hollywood producer.

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Stephen King miniseries to land in Toronto for May

The Toronto-shot miniseries from J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros. Television will shoot through October in Toronto. (Sarah Gadon pictured.)

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Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Lavender readies for Toronto shoot

The indie from AMBI Canada will shoot in Toronto this summer, with The Blacklist‘s Diego Klattenhoff set to topline. (Klattenhoff pictured.)

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Ontario reduces 25% all-spend tax credit

Proposed changes to the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit see it cut in value from a 25% all-spend to 21.5%, while leaving the province’s Film and TV Tax Credit as-is.

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Nova Scotia, industry agree on terms for 25% all-spend incentive fund

The proposed incentive model follows crunch talks between local film and TV producers and the province’s finance department to salvage a tax break to keep local production going.

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Joey Klein debut feature set for summer shoot

Canadian indie The Other Half has lined up leading Canadian ladies Suzanne Clement and Tatiana Maslany to star. (Clement pictured.)

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Hot Docs: Blue Ice Docs takes two titles as market begins

Robin Smith snapped up the Canadian rights to Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed (pictured) and Heddy Honigmann’s Around the World in 50 Concerts.

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Women directors face entrenched film industry bias: study

The number of women moving from directing indie movies to major studio tentpoles is rare. The results of a three-year study by the Sundance Institute helps explain why.

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Valerie Creighton to Nova Scotia: no tax credit, no TV shows

The CMF head warned the province’s finance ministry that, without a workable film tax credit, patchwork financing for Nova Scotia TV shows will quickly unravel.

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Xavier Dolan joins Cannes Film Festival Jury

The Canadian director will be one of nine jury members, including Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Guillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Rogers Communications sees Q1 earnings fall

The media giant said more cable TV and phone subscribers are headed to the exits due to the CRTC’s new contract cancellation notification policy.

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BroadbandTV bolsters kids biz with YoBoHo acquisition

The multi-channel network has 27 YouTube channels, including preschool and K-12 educational network HooplaKidz.