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Six screenwriters selected for inaugural PSP Scripted Series

Kat Sieniuc and Petie Chalifoux are among the recipients for the Pacific Screenwriting Program’s flagship training initiative.

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Rogers Cable Net Fund backs 13 projects

New TV titles from marblemedia, Bristow Global Media and Rezolution Pictures received a share of the $2.96-million funding round.

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SODEC funds five features in its production assistance program

Among them is an animated feature from micro_scope and Unite Central, and a fictional take on Celine Dion’s life, La vraie vie d’Aline Dieu.

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Deals: CBC, Kew Media Group, Thunderbird

Through a deal with Fremantle, CBC has picked up Red Production Company and AENON’s family drama Butterfly.

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Shelley Thompson wins WIDC’s Feature Film Award

The Nova Scotia filmmaker behind Duck Duck Goose will use the $200,000 prize towards her first feature, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor.

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Network’s I Am Paul Walker goes to U.S. digital on poignant anniversary

CEO Derik Murray discusses the company’s “I Am” franchise and why it works.

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Changes needed to sustain, support Ontario filmmakers: report

“Focus On Features: The Future of Filmmaking in Ontario” dissects challenges like audience behaviour, static funding structures and the need for more career opportunities.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 20 to 26, 2018

Narcos comes in at #1, followed by Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina at #2 and The Last Kingdom at #3.

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Get your indie film a passport, but do your homework first

Whistler Film Festival: Execs from Rhombus, XYZ and Sepia dish on the pitfalls, politics and opportunities of coproducing in China, Europe and South Africa.

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Northern Banner acquires This Is North Preston

Writer/director Jaren Hayman’s documentary about North Preston, N.S. is set to make its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival.

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Innovate By Day heads West

The digital content studio has tapped long-time Thunderbird comms head Nicola Pender to run the new office. (Founder Deborah Day pictured).

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Canadian doc, three coproductions among Sundance 2019 lineup

Anthropocene will screen in Sundance’s Spotlight sidebar and the other two copros are set to screen in the World Cinema Documentary competition.

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Sphere Media options Thea Lim’s Ocean of Minutes

The adaptation is being developed out of Sphere’s Toronto office, with WME currently packaging the TV project for the U.S. and international markets.

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Michel Bissonnette named interim EVP of CBC

The EVP of French Services will serve in a dual role until Heather Conway’s successor is named.

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As streaming and mobile use rise, so do complaints: report

Complaints about Canadian TV and telcom providers were up by 57% in the last year, according to the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services.