Weirdwood Manor

L.A. prodco Kickstart invests in Relish Interactive

The companies are now collaborating on a long-form animated series based on Relish’s interactive storybook The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Sept. 5 to 11, 2017

Narcos tops the chart for a second week, with The Handmaid’s Tale at #6 and Castlevania at #9.

Long Time Running

Netflix picks up Long Time Running

The Banger Films-produced documentary premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

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Harley Davidson rides into primetime on Discovery

A digital series celebrating the brand’s anniversary in Canada has been turned into an hour-long documentary.

JR Studio

JR Studios officially opens in Calgary

The owners of the 38,000 square-foot dedicated production facility hope to add a sound stage within five years.

Grape Escapes

In Brief: Less Bland docuseries gets premiere date

Plus: Vancouver film fest unveils its 2017 BC Spotlight film and a new variety of tulip is named in honour of Canada copro Tulipani.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, 2017

The Amazing Race Canada tops the chart, with Still Standing at #17.

Vikings

Vikings renewed for sixth season

Corus Entertainment’s History has ordered 20 additional episodes of the hit Canada/Ireland copro.

Love Island

Bell Media, Motion Content unveil original programming pact

Under the deal, the media co’s in-house production teams will create linear, digital and social IP for international distribution via the GroupM-owned investment and rights management company.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Sept. 1 to 7, 2017

The Nut Job 2 tops the chart yet again, with De Pere En Flic 2 at #2 and Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Sept. 1 to 7, 2017

The Nut Job 2 is at #9, with The Hitman’s Bodyguard at #1 and Annabelle: Creation at # 2.

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Screenwriters, producers extend IPA

At a time of industry uncertainty, the CMPA, AQPM and WGC have agreed to an 18-month extension.

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SVOD Filmatique launches in Canada

The art-house cinema streamer offers a limited, rotating library of films and operates on a revenue share model.

Porcupine Lake

Canadian projects head to Busan

Ingrid Veninger’s Porcupine Lake and Kathleen Hepburn’s Never Steady, Never Still are among those headed to the South Korean festival.

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CBC rejigs royalty deals

The pubcaster is dropping profit participation and retransmission royalties from its deals with indie producers.