FYI president Jana Bennett on A+E’s newest net
The U.S. network’s president (pictured) discusses what’s ahead for A+E Networks’ new lifestyle channel, which has green-lit The Collective and Nexttime Productions’ The Epic Meal Show.
Realscreen Summit ’14: Passion looking for Canadian content
Maria Ishak (pictured) – Passion Distribution’s VP of sales and acquisitions for North America – says Canada is a market the company “wants to focus on.”
Status, Skyjacker’s Tale land Shaw Media-Hot Docs funding
The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds have awarded development and completion grants totaling $236,000 to nine Canadian documentary projects. (Alan Zweig pictured).
WCSFP 2013: Off the Fence, Explora pen two-year deal
Distributor-producer Off the Fence has licensed 50 hours of science, natural history and wildlife titles to Canada’s French-language channel Explora. (Pictured: Wildest Latin America)
Tricon hires VP of U.S. factual development
Toronto-headquartered Tricon Films & Television is beefing up its L.A. office with the appointment of Jeffrey Hevert (pictured) as VP of U.S. factual development.
Hot Docs names Hoffmann Meyer as 2014 Doc Mogul
Canadian festival Hot Docs is to bestow its 2014 Doc Mogul Award on Mette Hoffmann Meyer (pictured), commissioning editor of documentaries for Danish public broadcaster DR TV.
Gene Simmons’ wife, daughter land W Network series
Shannon Tweed-Simmons and her daughter Sophie, the stars of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, are to be the focus of an upcoming series from Force Four Entertainment.
Selling New York prodco adds development exec
Toronto-headquartered JV Productions has named Riley Robbins as its VP of U.S. development.
MIPCOM13: Media Ranch takes Dining With the Enemy to Canada, U.K.
The Montreal-based producer and distributor is taking on the Dining With the Enemy (pictured) format from Norway by producing a French-language version airing on Quebec’s TV5 that sees a journalist and chef covering war zones.
TIFF 13: Alanis Obomsawin on Hi-Ho Mistahey!
The First Nations director (pictured) discusses the making of her latest documentary, which examines the lack of educational resources available on Canadian reserves.
TIFF13: The buzz behind Burt’s Buzz
Burt’s Buzz, a Canadian film screening at TIFF, explores the face behind iconic American brand Burt’s Bees. Here, director Jody Shapiro (pictured) discusses how actor Isabella Rossellini set everything in motion.
CMJ launches factual coproduction unit
Montreal-based CMJ Productions II has launched CMJ Concepts, a division focused on factual production partnerships with networks across the globe, to be headed up by former CABLEready exec Lou Occhicone (pictured).