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Kyle Mann’s Backcountry underway in Sudbury

The Canadian suspense thriller stars Robocop star Joel Kinnaman (pictured) and is produced by Drive Productions and JoBro Productions.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films March 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015

Elephant Song is the top Canadian film at the box office for the week of March 6 to March 12, with After the Ball at #2.

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Gallery: Prime Time in Ottawa ’15

Canadian film and TV industry executives gather at the 2015 Prime Time opening welcome reception.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 10 films March 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015

Chappie is the top film at the Canadian box office for the week of March 6 to March 12, followed by Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Former Playback editor Pamela Cuthbert passes away

The noted food writer’s career included time as an editor at Playback as well as the National Film Board.

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Production underway on Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear

Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan are starring in the romancer set in the North Pole (Nguyen pictured).

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Lionsgate makes it official, unveils $1.5B Chinese co-financing deal

The Canadian-based company has staked its future in China after unveiling a film slate co-financing deal with state broadcaster Hunan TV and Broadcast Intermediary Co.

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CMPA, AQPM and WGC reach new collective agreement

The new agreement reached by the parties includes automatic jurisdiction over TV bibles written by WGC members.

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Ontario’s total production spend hit $1.29B in 2014: report

The greatest area of growth in 2014 was in foreign MOWs and miniseries, which grew 57% from $28.7 million to $45.1 million.

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Hot Docs unveils Canadian Spectrum, opening night titles

The latest films by Charles Wilkinson, Shelley Saywell and Su Rynard will screen at the April 23 to May 3 documentary festival in Toronto (Rynard’s The Messenger pictured).