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Melanie Joly to discuss cultural trade mission at VIFF

The event marks the first public followup from Minister Joly following the Creative Canada policy reveal last week.

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In Brief: Mom and Dad, Letterkenny, Panavision

Marblemedia names hosts for Just Like Mom and Dad, another special for Letterkenny and Panavision hires as a longtime exec retires.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery tops the digital chart, followed by The Handmaid’s Tale at #2 and Stranger Things at #3.

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Blue Ant builds out global distribution team

Four new hires will focus on distributing Love Nature and ZooMoo in EMEA territories.

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Universal and PBS sign Canadian distribution deal

The deal includes distribution of public television brands like Masterpiece, Nature and Wild Kratts.

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Alberta ups film, TV investment with new grant program

The new Screen-Based Production Grant replaces the Alberta Production Grant.

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Quebec politicians unite behind streamer tax

Members of the province’s legislature have voted unanimously for a motion that would see foreign SVODs pay provincial sales tax.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Sept. 18 to 24, 2017

The season 11 premiere of Heartland is at #19, with Toronto-shot Star Trek at #1.

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As traditional PR shifts, two veterans pivot their biz model

Longtime independent PR professionals Cynthia Amsden and Julie Giles are teaming up to better tackle a changing media and marketing landscape.

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Reel One adds to global sales team

The MOW-focused distributor has announced a pair of key hires as it looks to capitalize on a growing appetite for TV movies in the international market.

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Photo gallery: Technicolor, Mr. X party at TIFF 2017

A selection of photos from Technicolor and Mr. X’s TIFF party at the Early Mercy bar in Toronto.

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Spin Master expands in Central Eastern Europe

The toy and entertainment company has opened a new sales and marketing office in Warsaw, Poland, while also appointing a new GM in the region.

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Newly restructured Ottawa Film Office adds board of directors

Looking to establish itself as a production hub in Ontario, the organization has added 12 new members.

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Unifor files complaint over Rogers’ OMNI Regional newcasts

The union argues that Rogers has violated the terms of its licence by subcontracting its Chinese-language OMNI Regional news broadcasts to Fairchild TV.

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Playback’s 2017 Hall of Fame: Salah Bachir

The Cineplex Media president and fundraising king has been advocating for LGBTQ2 rights and the film industry for nearly three decades.