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Kew Media Distribution ups Graham Begg to SVP post

In the newly created position, Begg will oversee acquisitions for scripted, non-scripted, documentary and factual content, in addition to advising on business development initiatives.

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Shifts in U.S. market impact Kew Media’s Q3

Kew’s Australia-based subsidiary Essential lost a key series, Texas Flip N Move, after Discovery shifted the strategy for its DIY channel, contributing to a 5.3% revenue decrease.

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MacLeod pledges stability for Ontario tax credits

The Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries wrapped up a four-day visit to L.A. to meet with film and TV execs to promote Ontario’s creative sector.

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Deals: NFB, Kidoodle.TV, Platform One

Arthouse streamer OVID adds NFB animations to its collection, while Boat Rocker’s latest acquisition forms a new partnership.

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Baroness von Sketch Show starts fifth set

This latest batch of episodes will see Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Joyce Wong (Wexford Plaza) serve as directors.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 5 to 11, 2019

Stranger Things tops the list, while Vancouver-shot See from AppleTV+ earns a place on the Digital Original chart.

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Cineplex gets revenue boost in Q3, seeks strategic partner for e-sports division

Box office and theatre advertising were on the rise thanks to blockbusters and family-friendly fare.

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Disney+ lays down the gauntlet, adds 10M subs on first day

Despite a number of technical glitches, the streaming service exceeded expectations in its launch in the U.S., Canada and Netherlands.

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PNP mellows out with Canadian Strain

The newly Toronto-based distributor nabbed the Canadian distribution rights to the cannabis comedy, written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh and starring Jess Salgueiro.

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In brief: Murmur takes home Best Canadian Film at Female Eye

Plus, Myriam Verreault dedicates her Windsor International Film Festival winnings towards the creation of a scholarship and Global wants Canadians to “Thank A Nurse.”

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2019

Survivor leads the list, followed by 9-1-1 at #2, while Murdoch Mysteries breaks the top 30.

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Unions, guilds oppose Corus’ request for CPE flexibility

CMPA, DGC, ACTRA and WGC said that granting the request would set a dangerous precedent, while other broadcasters argued that additional flexibility is necessary.

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Metafilms gets to work on Alberic Aurteneche’s feature debut

La contemplation du mystere will be released by FunFilm Distribution in Canada.

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CMF invests $6.5M in 27 diverse, francophone productions

OMNI series Blood and Water is among 18 projects funded through the Diverse Languages Program, with another nine funded through the Francophone Minority Program.

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Media pundits weigh in on Don Cherry’s ousting from Sportsnet

Buyers and analysts consider the impact of Cherry’s firing from Hockey Night in Canada and the changing landscape of the sport in the fallout.