Kelly Townsend

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DOC Institute honours Anne Pick, Millefiore Clarkes

Veteran doc producer Anne Pick and filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes were given the Luminary and Vanguard Awards, respectively, at the DOC Institute Honours Celebration on Dec. 11.

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Showrunner of the Year: Dan Levy

The man behind Canada’s homegrown cultural phenomenon Schitt’s Creek topped a life-changing year with a surprise Emmy nomination and a major studio deal.

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Spinster boosts its unique script with star power

How director Andrea Dorfman found a well-known star to give her non-traditional rom-com legs in the U.S. and international market in Chelsea Peretti.

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Bell Media inks partnership with Uninterrupted Canada

Uninterrupted execs Scott Moore and Vinay Virmani discuss the strategy to work with an exclusive partner with multiplatform capabilities to roll out its diverse content slate.

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CBC Gem series Hey Lady! to world premiere at Sundance

The digital series, co-directed by Sarah Polley, is among several Canadian shorts to join the lineup, including titles from Santiago Menghini and Charlie Tyrell.

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Production Company of the Year: Peacock Alley Entertainment

How a carefully-crafted development slate, including Crave mockumentary New Eden and CBC Gem’s Jensplaining, keeps Peacock Alley thriving in Canada’s competitive landscape.

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No hope of saving Anne with an E, creator confirms

Creator and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett announced via Instagram there is “no way to revive” the series after an outpouring of fan demand to #renewannewithane.

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NFB restructures its Creation and Innovation division, cuts five jobs

The organization will bring its digital and interactive studios under its English and French program umbrella to “establish a national vision” for its programming.

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Deals: Blue Ant, Mongrel Media, Anaid, CBC, Media Ranch

Blue Ant International ramps up its sales in Asia, Mongrel has its first theatrical release of a BritBox original, Media Ranch secures format deals across Europe, and more.

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Falling to premiere on Sundance closing night

The Canada/U.K. copro, directed by Viggo Mortensen and produced by Scythia Films, joins Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor and four other Canadian productions making their world premiere.

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Shore, Trebek among Canadian Academy’s 2020 honourees

Schitt’s Creek co-creator Dan Levy, activist David Suzuki, writer Nathalie Younglai and actor Tina Keeper also join the list of Canadians to be honoured on Canadian Screen Week.

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Canadian-produced film marks English debut for Iranian director

Isthmus, now in production in Toronto, is produced by newly launched Canadian shingle Blue Footlights and U.S. prodco Tall Brit Productions.