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Victoria film fest preps 150-project lineup for 25th anniversary

The Vancouver Island festival will feature 156 films from across Canada and the world, in addition to a curated multimedia section to mark its quarter-century milestone.

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Awards In Brief: Oh wins Golden Globe, Dorians nominate Schitt’s

Plus: Which Canadian film and TV industry faces were named to Chatelaine’s Women of the Year list?

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Departure flies to Europe and Africa with NBCUniversal

The Canada/U.K. copro from Shaftesbury and Greenpoint Productions will be broadcast on Universal TV and 13th Street Universal in late 2019.

Jean-Francois Pruneau to lead Videotron

Pruneau’s appointment to president and CEO of Videotron follows Manon Brouillette’s exit last year.

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Spin Master signs a super-deal with DC

The global agreement will see the Toronto-headquartered company launch various iconic superhero products starting in 2020.

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Vikings to end after season six

The long-running hit will conclude after its sixth season, which has already wrapped production.

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Lofty Sky strikes U.S. distribution deal for culinary docuseries

Confucius Was a Foodie sees chef Christine Cushing travel through Asia as she explores Chinese culture and cuisine.

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CRTC invites comments on new production report

The commission has put out a call for English- and French-language groups to weigh in on a new production report to replace its annual PNI report for licensees.

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Which Canadian shows pulled in the biggest ratings in 2018?

This year’s chart is topped by long-running favourites, but a number of newer Canadian scripted series have also climbed the ranks.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Dec. 24 to 31, 2018

Titans takes the top spot, followed by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at #2 and Stranger Things at #3.

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TIFF programming director Kerri Craddock departs

The director of festival programming has resigned after more than a decade with the organization.

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La Course des Tuques sleds past $1M at Quebec box office

The sequel to La Guerre des Tuques hit the milestone on Christmas day.

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Prominent indie producers named to Order of Canada

Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings and Insight’s John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are among those honoured for their contributions.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Dec. 17 to 23, 2018

Survivor takes the top spot, while Schitt’s Creek lands at #27 and Vikings ties with Coronation Street at #29.

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Playback’s most-read stories of 2018

It was a typically unpredictable year in the world of Canadian TV and film. Check out Playback‘s most-clicked stories of 2018.