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Documentary filmmaker Pepita Ferrari dies at 66

The veteran director and producer was a prolific collaborator with the National Film Board and served as executive director of DOC.

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Spin Master signs a super-deal with DC

The global agreement will see the Toronto-headquartered company launch various iconic superhero products starting in 2020.

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TIFF programming director Kerri Craddock departs

The director of festival programming has resigned after more than a decade with the organization.

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Prominent indie producers named to Order of Canada

Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings and Insight’s John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are among those honoured for their contributions.

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In Brief: Media Ranch, Quebecor reveal format incubator participants

Plus: The Grizzlies wins a prize at Fabrique Du Cinema Awards in Rome, Fremantle elevates execs, and more.

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Wild Media Entertainment expands into VFX

Visual effects veteran Jeff Bruneel (pictured) has been hired to oversee the new division.

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Digital Domain to open Montreal VFX studio

The L.A.-based company, which is currently working on Avengers: Endgame, is one of a number of VFX studios staking a claim in the region in 2018.

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A ‘suite’ goodbye: Barbara Williams

Playback pays tribute to Williams’ 30-year TV career, which started in the newsroom of Citytv and wrapped in the C-suite of Corus Entertainment.

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Super Channel hires Jenny Hacker to lead programming

The network is expanding and reshuffling its roster of directors following the announcement that head programmer Melissa Kajpust will depart later this month.

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Vancouver Web Fest on hiatus for 2019

Founder Suzette Laqua is stepping back to focus on her health in the year ahead, with the festival set to resume in 2020.

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WIFT-T, Hollywood Suite partnership seeks to amplify fundraising, reach

Heather Webb and David Kines discuss the effectiveness of donation-matching, how funds are used and why WIFT-T’s mission matters.

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In Brief: eOne, HBO to copro Taylor Kitsch drama, Halfire hires new SVP

Plus: Stephan James nabs a Golden Globes nom for his role in Amazon’s Homecoming and 10th Avenue Productions gets to work on its fourth animated film.