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Amaze hires new director of development

Natalie Urquhart (pictured) will oversee the Toronto prodco’s Canadian development slate.

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Ideacom starts production on copro Human+

Produced with Paris, France-based Bonne Pioche, the hour-long doc series explores advancements in sensory technology.

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Banff ’18: Netflix partners on Diversity of Voices initiative

The global streamer has signed a five-year commitment as title partner of the program, which supports underrepresented creative producers.

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Deals: Syndicado, CCI Entertainment, Love Nature

Toronto-based Syndicado takes the U.S. digital distribution rights to over 100 hours of factual content, including paranormal series Most Haunted, plus more.

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Bell Media takes part ownership in Just For Laughs Group

Following the announcement of its specialty rebrands, and as the media co inks its latest deal, president Randy Lennox discusses how the pieces fit together.

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NBC Entertainment’s formidable franchise strategy

Paul Telegdy, president of the alternative and reality group, on developing TV brands that engage robust audiences for decades.

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Alex Lalonde joins New Metric Media

The former COO of Digital Howard has been appointed VP of business affairs and operations.

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Indiecan Entertainment launches Jewish Films on Demand

Founded by Avi Federgreen, the transactional VOD platform aims to connect North American audiences with a curated selection of Jewish films.

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Quebecor Fund awards $2.1M to TV, digital media projects

Attraction Images’ Bootcamp and ToonDraw Animation’s YaYa & Zouk are among the projects selected to receive funding.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand May 31 to June 5, 2018

13 Reasons Why tops the charts, followed by Arrested Development at #2 and The Handmaid’s Tale at #3.

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DGC names new national exec director

Dave Forget replaces Brian Baker, who is retiring after five years in the role.

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Indie List 2018: JoBro Productions makes the jump

Jonathan Bronfman talks about how his prodco has continued to build out its biz and what’s next.

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Upfront ’18: Bell Media greenlights original comedy for 2018/19 slate

The half-hour comedy starring Jann Arden sits among a roster of 42 new and returning series, with The Beaverton, Cardinal and Corner Gas Animated also receiving renewals.