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Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs Nov. 7 to 13, 2016

Star Trek Beyond tops the chart, followed by Sausage Party at #2 and Bad Moms at #3.

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Taking Alias Grace from page to screen

With production just wrapped on the six-part miniseries, Noreen Halpern talks pitching Netflix, mammoth crews and top-to-bottom Canadian productions.

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Okanagan Studios officially opens its doors

With studio space in B.C. at a premium, general manager Tim Bieber is confident the new 50,000 square-foot facility will be filled after Christmas.

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In Brief: WIDC winner; Canadians up for Independent Spirit Awards

Gloria Ui Young Kim won the annual Women in the Director’s Chair feature film prize, Stella Meghie’s Jean of the Joneses recognized, plus more news of the week.

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CBeebies commissions more Twirlywoos

The U.K. broadcaster has ordered 25 more episodes of Ragdoll Productions and DHX Media’s preschool series.

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Alanis Obomsawin wins TFCA award

As part of the prize, Obomsawin will select one filmmaker to receive $50,000 in services from Technicolor Creative Services.

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Why Elevation got into the production game

Co-president Noah Segal on how SVODs are changing the nature of distribution and how the Toronto distributor plans to get a slice of the action.

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Two Canadian shorts make Oscar’s animation shortlist

Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha (pictured), produced by the National Film Board, is one of 10 animated films to advance.

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Production underway on Dark Matter season three

The intergalactic sci-fi series will return to Bell Media’s Space channel and NBCUniversal’s Syfy in 2017.

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Netflix growth undaunted by local competitors: study

Despite the low price point of the service, there’s still a positive correlation between household income and subscription rates.

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CRTC licence renewal hearings: day one

Greater Cancon spending flexibility was a key theme from Quebecor Media, Groupe V and Bell Media at yesterday’s hearing.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Nov. 7 to 13, 2016

Murdoch Mysteries is at #12, posting the highest ratings of its tenth season so far.

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CMPA appoints new chief legal officer

New hire Erin Finlay (pictured) is replacing Marla Boltman, who departed the organization earlier this year.

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Maya Annik Bedward wins CBC broadcasting mentorship

The Toronto filmmaker will take part in a five-day intensive program presented by WIFT-T and the pubcaster.

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Court rules in favour of Bell in VMedia dispute

In its decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice left the door open for the matter to be revisited in front of the CRTC.