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In brief: Montreal VFX industry grows, Brault gets second term

Plus: Mosaic Entertainment tries its hand at virtual reality with six VR sketches to accompany CAUTION: May Contain Nuts.

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Noreen Golfman named ACTRA’s Woman of the Year

The founding director and chair of St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is being recognized for her artistic achievements and advocacy work.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Feb. 18 to 24, 2019

The Big Bang Theory comes in at #2, followed by Young Sheldon at #3, while Murdoch Mysteries breaks the top 30.

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Playback’s 2019 Indie List: survey online now

We want to hear how you allocated your spend in the 2018 calendar year. CLICK HERE to access the Indie List survey directly.

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Bart Yabsley to lead Sportsnet as president

The appointment comes five months after former Sportsnet president Scott Moore left the role.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Feb. 22 to 28, 2019

Mon ami Walid comes in at #1, followed by Repertoire des villes disparues at #2 and Une Colonie at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Feb. 22 to 28, 2019

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World comes out on top, followed by Alita: Battle Angel at #2 and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part at #3.

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Killing Patient Zero, Toxic Beauty to world premiere at Hot Docs ’19

The projects from directors Laurie Lynd and Phyllis Ellis are among the Special Presentations lineup, while Sundance films Advocate and Gaza make their Canadian premieres.

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OTT services rise in viewer popularity, awareness: study

While CTV remains the top-of-mind TV brand for Canadians, streaming services made a significant push into the top 20 in a new report from Solutions Research Group.

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Charles Decarie named head of Groupe Juste pour rire

The former Triotech and Cirque du Soleil exec has been named president and CEO of the Just for Laughs Group.

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Bron drama Harry Haft underway in Hungary

Directed by Barry Levinson and starring Ben Foster (pictured), the film follows an Auschwitz survivor who challenges boxer Rocky Marciano.

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Corus to launch Adult Swim channel in Canada

The adult-focused cartoon brand will replace Action channel, with Teletoon and Cartoon Network shifting programming strategy alongside.

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Ottawa hosts ‘Christmas’ in March

Muse Entertainment’s Christmas Jars is now in production ahead of its premiere on Citytv during the 2019 holiday schedule.

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Peacock Alley, 9 Story partner for sci-fi drama

The prodcos have inked a deal to develop and coproduce Motel 51, with Brad Wright attached to executive produce.

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Should there be some ‘DIY’ in your kids-content mix?

Children are consuming more homemade content from vloggers and YouTube personalities than ever, but what does the trend mean for producers?