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Kew posts overall revenues of $260.3M for fiscal 2017

CEO Steven Silver told investors the company’s future success will hinge on its ability to realize the synergies between its growing number of production and distribution assets.

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eOne taps Kenneth Branagh for new series

The Oscar-nominated actor will star in and produce A Gentleman in Moscow for the global studio.

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Reel One, Sinking Ship add to distribution slates

Ahead of MIPTV, Toronto’s Sinking Ship has acquired Rank the Prank (pictured), while Montreal’s Reel One has added five Hallmark TV movies to its slate.

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Catherine Tait named president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada

Updated: The film and TV industry veteran becomes the first woman to hold the position, replacing outgoing president Hubert Lacroix.

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CW renews six Vancouver-shot series

Riverdale, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow are among the shows returning to B.C.

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CBC Kids greenlights new magic series The Thrillusionists

Set to premiere next month, the 10-part series is produced by Toronto’s 5’7 Films and focuses on young illusionists and magicians.

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Deals: Portfolio, Cineflix, DHX

Portfolio has inked a deal with Blue Dream Studios founder Scott Christian Sava to adapt his all-ages graphic novel, Pet Robots, into an animated TV series, plus more.

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Production starts on Tribal Police Files

The second season of the doc series from Kwassen Productions follows officers in Rama, ON as they respond to calls.

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In brief: Breakthrough Entertainment adds sales exec

Plus: Indiecan nabs the North American rights to Mark A. Lewis’s third feature, The Age of Adulting, which will have its premiere during Canadian Film Week.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand March 20 to 26, 2018

Marvel’s Jessica Jones tops the chart, followed by Stranger Things at #2 and Toronto-shot Star Trek: Discovery at #3.

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CBC’s Format Incubator returns for third edition

The pubcaster also announced that its first two incubator projects The Stats of Life and Under New Management (pictured) have been renewed.

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CMF program budget holds steady at $352 million

With a $15 million top-up from the feds to offset declining BDU revenues, the CMF says it’s found “more solid footing” to provide stable funding.