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Pilot production in North America declining

Ontario and B.C. weren’t immune to the decline in new pilots, which hit a four-year low across the continent.

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VIFF to bring Buffer Festival to Vancouver

The film festival will offer a day of digital-first programming in partnership with the Toronto-based YouTube fest.

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Showcase sets fall schedule, Travelers return

The Corus-owned specialty channel also announced premiere dates for recently acquired U.S. series, The Sinner and Marvel’s Runaways.

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TVO greenlights kids factual series from Bristow Global Media

Set to premiere in 2018, Distribution360 will shop the format rights to the series internationally.

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Jennifer Stewart upped at the Canadian Academy

The promotion comes as the Academy works to raise its own profile and that of Canadian talent.

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DHX signs raft of broadcast deals for The Deep

The distributor has inked 16 new deals for season two of the CGI-animated series, a copro with Technicolor and A Stark Production.

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Bell Media revenue up slightly in Q3

Advertising and subscription revenues were up in the quarter, helping to offset increased operating costs.

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A 360 view of CreamVR’s growth strategy

CEO David Brady discusses how companion VR experiences like its Fear Thy Neighbour films will bring users to the tech.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, July 17 to 23, 2017

Amazing Race Canada is at #2, Private Eyes at #10, Saving Hope at #12 and Still Standing at #29.

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TIFF ’17: 12 titles named to Platform program

World premieres include Michael Pearce’s Beast and Mike White’s Brad’s Status, though there are no Canadian projects in the lineup.

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D Films expands into the TV, film production game

The Toronto-based company is moving beyond distribution, tapping veteran television and film producer Rob Merilees to head up the new division.

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Broadcasters fire back at production industry’s CRTC appeal

Bell Media, Rogers and Corus have jointly taken out a full-page ad in the Hill Times asking the feds to maintain the commission’s English-language group licence renewal decision.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films July 21 to 27, 2017

De pere en flic 2 stays at #1, breaking $3 million at the box office in the process, followed by Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 at #2 and Un Sac De Billes at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films July 21 to 27, 2017

De pere en flic 2 is at #6, with Dunkirk at #1, and Spider-Man: Homecoming at #2.

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CBC unveils new hosts for a refreshed version of The National

A team of four will lead the pubcaster’s flagship news show as of this November.