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International: Canal+ enters SVOD race, France taxes digis

Plus: the U.K. and China set a new legal framework for IP confidentiality in copros and Sweden introduces new production tax rebate.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films March 1 to 7, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World tops the chart, followed by Alita: Battle Angel at #2 and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films March 1 to 7, 2019

Avant qu’on explose comes in at #1, followed by La course des tuques at #2 and Mon ami Walid at #3.

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Aliy Brown joins Breakthrough Entertainment

The former director of distribution and marketing at 108 Media will manage sales in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

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Rocket Science: The Shaw Rocket Fund @ 20

While the kids biz still faces some of its biggest challenges yet, CEO Agnes Augustin says helping producers and creators problem-solve is the fuel that fires the Fund.

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Randy Lennox on Bell Media, BANFF and brand ubiquity

The media co president discusses the power of “prophetic discussions,” his new role as BANFF chair and competing with international entities.

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Manitoba government doubles tax credit to $31.5M

This increase follows the government’s recent decision to make the tax credit permanent and remove its sunset clause.

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9 Story to develop, coproduce The World’s Worst Children

The series is based on the bestselling children’s novels by U.K. comedian David Walliams, with his prodco King Bert Productions attached to coproduce.

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Barry Avrich to direct Knoedler Gallery art forgery documentary

The Melbar Entertainment-produced doc will explore the famous scandal, which resulted in US$80 million stolen through forgeries between 1994 and 2011.

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BANFF names participants of 2019 Diversity of Voices initiative

The 100 producers and creators will attend the Banff World Media Festival to connect with industry leaders, with 25 chosen for individual mentorship.

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Deals: Bell Media, Kew, Thunderbird

Bell Media inks a deal to stream two midweek CSA galas via CTV.ca, plus more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Feb. 26 to March 4, 2019

The Umbrella Academy comes in at #1, followed by Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and Doom Patrol at #3.

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Canadians to unpack LGBTQ+ representation at SXSW

As part of a panel on queer fandoms, Shaftesbury will unveil a new feature-length documentary, Queering the Script, directed by Gabrielle Zilkha.

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Programmer profile: CBC Digital

CBC’s Zach Feldberg discusses the pubcaster’s evolving digital strategy and what producers should know before pitching it.

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Dylen Postnikoff to lead brand strategy at Shaftesbury

The former head of TV content marketing at CBC will oversee global brand strategies for Shaftesbury in a new VP role.