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HBO to launch its own streaming service in U.S.


The streaming space continues to heat up as HBO CEO Richard Plepler says the OTT service, debuting next year, is meant to expand HBO’s reach into cord-cutters’ homes.

Kino Lorber takes U.S. rights for The Wanted 18


The distributor has acquired the U.S. rights to directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan’s feature doc, which had its world premiere at this year’s TIFF.

Hot Docs: Doc-makers are under-serving audiences


At TIFF, Hot Docs’ Elizabeth Radshaw (pictured) presented findings from an audience research report studying the viewing habits of Canadian doc audiences.

OWN orders Paperny docuseries


OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered food truck docuseries 2 Fat 2 Fly from the Vancouver producer.

Former Cineflix execs Carey, Lewis launch UK indie


Cineflix Media execs Rob Carey and Camilla Lewis (pictured) have launched an independent prodco in the UK after reaching a buyout deal with the company’s British arm.

Ron Mann aims for Altman-esque in Altman


Canadian director Ron Mann talks to Playback sister publication realscreen about his doc on filmmaker Robert Altman (pictured, right, with actor Shelley Duvall).

Borg to lead factual development at Portfolio


The Toronto-based indie producer has hired Amy Manchester Borg (pictured) to be its director of factual development.

Barry Avrich among BravoFACTUAL grantees


The Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story director (pictured) is among 11 Canadian filmmakers who will receive a total of $473,000 from the Bell Media-backed fund.

MIPTV ’14: Bristow nabs format rights for Mob Wives


Toronto-based producer Bristow Global Media has acquired the Canadian format rights for the VH1 docu-soap (pictured) from distributor Electus International.

BravoFACT names 10 short film grantees


The Bell Media-backed Canadian funding body has named 10 narrative shorts that will receive grants amounting to $371,000.

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