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Nguyen’s Hummingbird Project rolls in Quebec

The Oscar-nominated director teams up with Item 7 once again on his latest drama.

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Gravitas picks up Public Schooled

Kyle Rideout’s CFC-backed feature will be released theatrically in the U.S. in early 2018.

Irene Berkowitz

Column: Is it time for a new points system?

To stand out in the global marketplace, Irene Berkowitz argues the industry needs a platform-agnostic points system.

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CMF awards $2.7M across five projects

Carte Blanche Films’ Amelie et Compagnie received the lion’s share of the funding, with more than $800,000 going to the TFO series and its digital media component.

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CTV sets Indian Detective premiere

Can a prime Thursday night spot, and some help from Sheldon and the gang, spell big ratings for the four-part event series?

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Deals: Indiecan, Timshel, Portfolio

Industry Works Pictures has acquired the international rights to the Timshel Pictures-produced sitcom Dean McDermott: Working Actor, plus more deals.

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A71, Vortex launch joint venture

The new entity, V71, will focus on expanding the global selling opportunities for projects acquired and created by the companies.

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Who won the latest 2xMore initiative?

Three women will each go on to direct an episode of Sinking Ship’s Dino Dana, as the Women in View program aims to double the number of women directing Canadian media.

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Bell Media revenue stable in Q3, but TV still a challenge

The company continues to battle the slow siege of audience declines but saw bright spots in CraveTV, IPTV subscriber levels and breakout hits such as Star Trek: Discovery.

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In Brief: Canadians win big at Austin Film Fest

Plus: Women in Animation is set to open a Canadian chapter and APTN prepares to say goodbye to Mohawk Girls.

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OMNI Regional commissions more Blood and Water, Second Jen

The channel also commissioned a new six-part scripted comedy, Mangoes, about a group of South Asians new to Canada.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Oct. 24 to 30, 2017

Stranger Things jumps into the top spot, with Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and Mindhunter at #3.

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Syndicado sells 40 hours of content to Popcornflix

The deal between the Toronto-based digital distributor and the U.S. streaming platform includes the culinary series Cake Walk.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Oct. 16 to 22, 2017

Tragically Hip doc Long Time Running is at #11, with Murdoch Mysteries at #23.

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Halfire taps Carol Commisso as VP, development

The former Rogers exec will be charged with sourcing IP to build out the prodco’s slate of scripted dramas.