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Canadian-produced film marks English debut for Iranian director

Isthmus, now in production in Toronto, is produced by newly launched Canadian shingle Blue Footlights and U.S. prodco Tall Brit Productions.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Nov. 18 to 24, 2019

The Good Doctor comes in at #2, followed by Survivor at #4 and Grey’s Anatomy at #5.

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Frederator spins-off Bravest Warriors

After garnering 400,000 likes on YouTube, 135 million views on TikTok and 200 million loops of Giphy, the Catbug character is getting his own TV series.

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Photo gallery: Welcome reception for new Heritage Minister

Minister Steven Guilbeault met with producers, broadcasters, union leaders and other senior figures at a reception hosted by the CMPA and Insight Productions.

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Ask No Questions to debut at Slamdance

The film from directors Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli will make its world premiere as part of the festival’s Documentary Features lineup.

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Cineflix Rights takes global rights to Happily Married

The 10-part series from Montreal’s Productions Casablanca is set to make its broadcast debut on Radio-Canada Tele and Tou.Tv Extra in spring 2020.

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PNP rounds out its Toronto office

Former Sony Pictures exec Marisa Friesen has joined the company as director of theatrical and digital sales, while PNP announces two new acquisitions from TIFF.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Nov. 22 to 28, 2019

Frozen 2 tops the chart, followed by Ford v Ferrari at #2 and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Nov. 22 to 28, 2019

Antigone comes in at #1, while Les barbares de La Malbaie and Il pleuvait des oiseaux land at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Atomic drives revenue uptick for Thunderbird in Q1

The company said it is currently in production on new episodes of its Netflix original series The Last Kids on Earth.

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Odd Squad, Creeped Out claim BAFTA children’s prizes

Sinking Ship’s Odd Squad won the international live action category at Sunday night’s British Academy Children’s Awards, while WildBrain copro Creeped Out won best drama.

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Comedy format Les Beaux Malaises gets Balkans adaptation

A local remake of the popular TVA original comedy has been commissioned by Telekom Serbia.

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Deals: Indiecan, Cineflix Rights, Blue Ant Int’l

Cineflix Rights nabs the global distribution rights to Storm Stories: The Next Chapter, while Blue Ant International unveils a raft of sales for Prison.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 19 to 25, 2019

The Mandalorian (Disney+) tops the charts, while The Man In The High Castle (Amazon Prime Video) lands at #5 on the Digital Original list.

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Cineplex rethinks its experience

The entertainment and media company will build new Junxion locations with live event space, indoor food truck and amusement games.