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In Brief: TIFFxInstagram adds stars, NSI partners with Creative Sask

James Franco is one of three new jury members added to the film competition, Creative Saskatchewan will support two NSI programs, plus more news of the week.

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HGTV Canada greenlights two originals

Both series go into production later this summer in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Mary Kills People taps Holly Dale to direct

Production on the original series by eOne and Cameron Pictures for Global is now underway in Toronto. (Lead actor Caroline Dhavernas pictured.)

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User experience expectations driving media innovation: report

Bots, dynamic pricing apps can help improve business and better the user experience, says the latest Key Trends report from the Canada Media Fund.

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Kim’s Convenience comes to life for small screen

Thunderbird executive chair Ivan Fecan is executive producing the award-winning play’s transfer to TV, with production underway.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 27 to July 3, 2016

Amazing Race Canada is at #1 for the week of June 27 to July 3, with Private Eyes at #13 and Houdini & Doyle at #29.

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BDU subscriptions sliding, revenues steady: CRTC

The regulator’s report for the year ending Aug. 31, 2015 indicated that the combined revenue for Canadian cable, IPTV and satellite companies was $8.9 billion.

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Cameras rolling on Backstage season two

Filming is underway on another 30 episodes of the tween drama.

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Production underway on Collar of Duty

The 12-part documentary series about service animals is produced by Toronto’s Summerhill Media.

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Edmonton Screen Industries Office gets the go-ahead

The new not-for-profit organization will replace the Edmonton Film Commission office.

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Shoot the Book! selects Toronto titles

Four novels with film and TV adaptation potential will be presented at the second annual event that runs during TIFF.

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Deals: United Front, TMN, Tricon

United Front Entertainment (UFE) acquires Black Fawn Films-produced horror feature Bite (pictured), plus more deals of the week.