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Filmmaker Jean Beaudin dies at 80

The film and television writer/director was best known for his award-winning film J.-A. Martin, photographe and popular Quebec series Les filles de Caleb.


Scott Brothers Entertainment to be honoured at 2019 Rockies

The prodco will receive the Innovative Producer Award at the BANFF ceremony, while additional winners include Kristin Kreuk, Paul Feig, Jed Mercurio and Bill Hader.


Frankie Drake Mysteries back in business in Ontario

Production on the Shaftesbury series began in the U.K. last month and continues in Ontario until the fall.

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BANFF adds Bill Hader to ‘In Conversation With’ series

The Barry creator and exec producer will take part in the discussion at the June festival, along with HBO programming exec Amy Gravitt.

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Women make gains in film and TV jobs, but gaps in diversity are vast

A report from Women in View shows that the industry has a long way to go for Indigenous and diverse women, but suggests placing women in senior positions is a key solution.


Cannes deals: V71, N5, Clique, Raven Banner

Canadian prodcos and distributors share their film sales slate as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway.


William Woods launches $2.5M fund for mid-budget films

Line 200 Inc. will provide financing for up to 30% of a film’s budget, aiming to fund between five to 10 Canadian films and copros over the next five years.


Canadian horror films join slate of new U.K. prodco Grimmfest

The new production arm of the Grimmfest film festival in Manchester has partnered with Canadian prodcos such as Federgreen Entertainment and Minds Eye.


Scythia, Clique to coproduce ’80s-themed thriller Coming Soon

U.K. distributor Altitude Films will launch the feature’s international sales at Cannes.


Quebec film gets $10 million in new funding

Canadian Heritage topped up the funds after learning Telefilm’s 2019/20 Production Program budget was almost fully allocated.


In brief: Esme & Roy gets season two greenlight

Plus: New Line partners with Bron Studios, Pixomondo hires a new global CEO and ABC picks up a Canadian-led series.

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TVOkids turns up the volume on Bristow’s Backyard Beats

The pubcaster has greenlit Bristow Global Media’s Backyard Beats for broadcast in 2020.