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Sailing into international waters: Boat Rocker Media

Playback‘s 2018 Media Company of the Year gets closer to its global-studio vision with a year that saw significant M&A and an evolution of its business model.

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Production set to wrap on Albert Shin’s Clifton Hill

The thriller is produced by Fraser Ash and Kevin Krikst of Rhombus Media, with Elevation set to distribute in Canada.

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CBC shows off its new Gem

The pubcaster has relaunched its OTT offering under a new brand, and announced a deal with Wattpad to mine IP that can be developed for the service.

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Playback’s 2018 Prodco of the Year: Nomadic Pictures

After 23 years in business the Calgary prodco vaulted into a new era in 2018, earning a trio of Netflix commissions and a renewal for Van Helsing.

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Bell Media to go live with ad-supported VOD platforms

CTV Movies and CTV Throwback will offer libraries of free film and TV content, including vintage Canadian series such as Flashpoint.

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Playback’s 2018 Show of the Year: Schitt’s Creek

Executive producers and stars Dan Levy and Eugene Levy reflect on a year that saw the half-hour comedy vault into the international spotlight.

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Sinking Ship partners with ROM for cross-promotion of film, new exhibit

In a bid to boost the promotion and discoverability of Dino Dana: The Movie (2020) and the ROM’s blockbuster new dino exhibit, the parties hatched a symbiotic multi-year strategy.

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WFF ’18: Distributors grapple with complexities of indie film market

Theatrical distribution heads at eOne, FunFilm and VVS discuss how the rise of streaming and the “Disney-fication” of the market is affecting business.

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WFF ’18: A Colony wins three Borsos prizes

The debut feature from the Montreal filmmaker won the best Canadian feature prize, while The Fireflies Are Gone and Stockholm also claimed awards.

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Orangutan Jungle School swings into season two

Prior to its Canadian and U.S. premiere, the NHNZ-produced docu-soap has been commissioned for another season.

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Ottawa studio campus gets go-ahead with NCC

The approval paves the way for construction to begin on four 20,000-square-foot sound stages, which are scheduled to be operational by mid-2020.

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Netflix commissions first Quebec feature

Produced by Montreal-based Couronne Nord, the untitled thriller marks the prodco’s feature film debut.