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DHX names new managing director for WildBrain

Former regional head of Vevo Jon Gisby joins the London, U.K.-based digital network.

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Notable named producer of record for CCMA Awards

The live broadcast of the awards show will be exec produced by Notable CEOs Claire Adams and Carli Posner.

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Rainbow appoints new Bardel CEO

The service animation company’s Italian parent co has appointed former Sony Pictures Animation producer Rick Mischel to the top job.

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Vice Media confirms layoffs

The Canadian Media Guild estimates that just over 20 positions will be affected.

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Cottonwood teams with Sarah Haasz

The former Family Channel exec has been tapped to help develop the French prodco’s growing North American slate of live-action and animated series.

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Scanline VFX expands with Montreal studio

Headed by Geoffrey Baumann, the Munich-based visual effects studio will open its Quebec operation next month.

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In brief: Technicolor adds to Toronto VFX team

Plus: The documentary channel boards the NSI’s IndigiDocs, Jasper Savage’s Jessica, Jessica nabs two awards at the 2018 Breakthroughs film fest and more.

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Jennifer Twiner McCarron named Thunderbird CEO

She remains CEO of Thunderbird’s growing animation division, Atomic Cartoons.

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Mr. Wolf opens Vancouver VFX studio

Chad Cortvriendt will head up the B.C. operation as executive producer, and is currently leading a team creating effects for Syfy series Channel Zero.

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Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Valerie Creighton

An outspoken proponent of Cancon, the CMF president and CEO has devoted her career to growing the biz.

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Bruce Hills named JFL president

The longtime festival COO takes over as the Montreal-based company comes under new ownership.

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From anime to Air Bud: what connects in China

As Canada-China relations strengthen, Wang Xiaohui, iQIYI’s chief content officer, breaks down what genres resonate with local audiences.