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In brief: Newen closes Reel One acquisition

The Department of Canadian Heritage approves Paris-based Newen’s majority acquisition of Montreal prodco Reel One, plus more.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2019

Il pleuvait des oiseaux tops the chart and crosses the $1-million mark, with Vivre a 100 milles a l’heure coming in at #2 and Menteur at #3.

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Blue Ant Media brings Love Nature to Taiwan

Blue Ant will work with Portico Media to bring the show to Taiwan after the broadcasting regulator approved the 4K channel to air in the country.

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Eli Shibley to lead Letterkenny format sales

New Metric Media and WildBrain have sold the format in Germany and will work with Shibley to sell the format rights globally in regions such as Russia and the Nordics.

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Deals: Breakthrough, Portfolio, Yap Films

Breakthough reveals its factual and scripted sales ahead of MIPCOM, while Portfolio and Yap Films list new acquisitions and productions for the fall market.

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Deluxe Entertainment files for bankruptcy, unveils new ownership plan

The California-based post-production company, which has operations in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, says the bankruptcy process won’t affect its global operations.

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David Goldstein named COO at Gusto Worldwide Media

The former regulatory exec at CTVglobemedia and CHUM Limited will oversee the producer-distributor’s growth into new international markets.

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Kin renews New Mom, Who Dis? for its sophomore season

The lifestyle series premieres Oct. 9 on Facebook Watch, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau serving as the first guest of season two.

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Other Animal tunes up Cold Strings in North Bay

Cameras are now rolling on the teen drama, directed by Derek Diorio and co-written by Other Animal Entertainment producer Ryan Keller.

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Vortex Words + Pictures hires Tanya Kelen for global sales role

Kelen will join Vortex and distributor A71 at MIPCOM to unveil their upcoming film slate, including Between Waves and a number of holiday titles.

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Deals: eOne, Fox Television, 9 Story, Kew Media

Ricky Zoom finds a home at Treehouse, Schitt’s Creek lands U.S. syndication, 9 Story opens a new chapter with Book Hungry Bears, and more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for September 24 to 30, 2019

Stranger Things comes in at #1, followed by The Boys at #2 and Titans at #3.

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Cream names Johnny Kalangis head of digital

The former marblemedia and CBC exec will oversee Cream’s digital efforts with an emphasis on expanding its reach into emerging digital content and distribution spaces.

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John Young succeeds Martin Katz as Canadian Academy chair

Katz, who has served as board chair since 2011, will step into a new role on the board, while Anne Marie La Traverse takes the role of vice chair. (Young pictured).

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APTN-owned distribution company to debut at MIPCOM

Animiki See Distribution, which APTN describes as a “wholly owned arms-length subsidiary,” is heading to the TV market with a trio of factual titles.