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Mercury Filmworks, Cartoon Saloon launch Irish studio

The Canadian and Irish companies have launched Lighthouse Studios, a new Kilkenny-based prodco expected to create 140-plus jobs in the next three years.

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Frantic Films, BGM among six to be acquired by Kew Media

Under the proposed transaction, Kew will bring a number of Canada’s most prominent unscripted and branded-content producers under its umbrella.

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Bell Media restructures local radio, TV stations

More than two dozen locations across the country will be affected.

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Digital District acquires Mokko Studio

The France-based VFX company, which worked on Oscar-winner The Artist, is looking to expand its operations in Montreal with the acquisition.

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OUTtv focuses on international expansion with new ownership

Stern Partners will invest in the company as it looks to expand its LGBTQ-friendly content and OTT platform across the border.

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Cineflix Media partners with producer Andre Barro

The Montreal producer/distributor and former VP of Handel Productions will work to bolster the company’s international coproduction business.

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Playback’s 2016 Hall of Fame: Michael MacMillan

For his work raising the bar of political discourse by encouraging everyone to get involved, the Blue Ant CEO is awarded the Humanitarian HOF honours.

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Proper Television adds former Muse producer

Matt Mitchell joins the Toronto-based prodco as the company looks to promote its slate in the U.S.

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Looking to 2017 and the world stage

A note from executive publisher Russell Goldstein on bringing the BANFF team under the Playback brand umbrella.

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Sphere Media Plus names new development head

The prodco behind 19-2 has appointed Tara Woodbury to the newly created position.

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Elevation Pictures launches production arm

First Generation Films’ founder Christina Piovesan (pictured) has partnered with the Toronto distributor on the new division.

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Attraction Media buys CMJ Productions

The deal sees Montreal-based Attraction add a mix of scripted and factual content to its portfolio.