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Animators step out of the (service) shadows

With international demand for animation riding a sustained high, a growing number of service-based companies in Canada are cracking into the arena of original IP.

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Time to get innovative – Playback Summer 2017

Interim editor Megan Haynes crunches the Indie List numbers and urges producers to spark their marketing creativity.

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2017 Indie List: Seven24 streamlines into sci-fi

The Calgary prodco has dropped genres outside of its core lines of business as it looks to build on the breakout success of Wynonna Earp.

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NFB seeks ‘institutional transformation’ with Indigenous action plan

The film board commits to more funding for Indigenous-led projects and representational parity across its workforce.

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2017 Indie List: Muse spies unscripted growth

With a focus on MOWs, factual and producing for the international marketplace, the Montreal prodco climbed the ranks last year.

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Hacking Porcupine Lake’s marketing campaign

For those who thought a knock-out marketing campaign isn’t possible on an indie-filmmaker’s budget, we challenged two agency execs to prove it’s doable.

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Banff ’17: Int’l buyers talk commissioning strategies

Execs from NBC, Lifetime and Discovery weigh in on what shows they’re looking for and how they’re trying to distinguish their brands in a crowded market.

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Banff ’17: Joly unveils Indigenous Screen Office

The Canadian Heritage Minister also revealed when she’ll present her highly anticipated cultural policy framework.

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Banff ’17: Broadcasters in the hot seat

A panel of Canadian broadcasters (and one producer) tackled Cancon funding and the ever-growing OTT threat on day one of the festival.

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Upfronts ’17: Corus’ star-studded fall TV strategy

The aim was “big stars and big brands” for Global and specialty networks like Showcase and W.

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Upfronts ’17: Inside City’s growth strategy

Rogers Media execs break down the channel’s more “balanced” schedule and its fan-favourite approach to programming.

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Upfronts ’17: CTV reveals primetime sked

Bell Media has also announced the Canadian originals debuting across its networks in 2017/18, including The Detail and The Disappearance.