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Sinking Ship roars into the museum market

The Toronto-based company has hired Jennifer Lee Hackett as its manager of museum and non-theatrical sales.

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Netflix partners with APFC to support francophone creators

Telefilm Canada and the CMF have also committed funding towards the first year of the professional development program.

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In brief: David Sparrow to serve second term at ACTRA National

Plus: T.O. WebFest unveils lineup of 49 Canadian series, CMF reveals Ireland incentive funds for 2019 and Super Channel expands Dan Rudolph’s remit.

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TVA Group axes 68 jobs

The company said the decision was “made necessary by numerous unfair practices that have been undermining the television industry for years.”

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Thunderbird launches U.K.-based production division

The new venture, led by Ed Sayer, has already lined up a factual coproduction deal with Endemol-owned prodco Workerbee.

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Nish Media launches new Quebec-based distribution arm

7th Screen will handle sales and distribution for feature-length, television and digital titles, focusing on a wider distribution of Indigenous-created content.

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MFM names Margolis acting CEO and film commissioner

Entertainment lawyer Rachel Margolis will step into the role this June.

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Blue Ant Int’l hires Ludo Dufour to SVP role

Based out of L.A., the newly created position will focus on coproductions, coventures, pre-sales and more.

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: 2019 nominations now open

We’re asking you to help us find the hottest up-and-coming talent in the Canadian screen production industry. (Free to view)

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CBC highlights commercial-revenue drive at Upfront ’19

The pubcaster’s new-look exec team put a focus on advertiser-friendly programming this year, including Battle of the Blades and Family Feud Canada.

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Cineflix Rights hires Felicia Litovitz to expand North American portfolio

Litovitz, who formerly worked at Fremantle and Corus, has been appointed to the newly created role of VP, acquisitions, North America.

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WildBrain taps new director of strategy, innovation

The newly created role will see former Disney exec Elia Bouthors identify new ways to engage users and monetize the digital kidsnet’s brands.