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Randy Lennox on Bell Media, BANFF and brand ubiquity

The media co president discusses the power of “prophetic discussions,” his new role as BANFF chair and competing with international entities.

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Manitoba government doubles tax credit to $31.5M

This increase follows the government’s recent decision to make the tax credit permanent and remove its sunset clause.

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9 Story to develop, coproduce The World’s Worst Children

The series is based on the bestselling children’s novels by U.K. comedian David Walliams, with his prodco King Bert Productions attached to coproduce.

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Barry Avrich to direct Knoedler Gallery art forgery documentary

The Melbar Entertainment-produced doc will explore the famous scandal, which resulted in US$80 million stolen through forgeries between 1994 and 2011.

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BANFF names participants of 2019 Diversity of Voices initiative

The 100 producers and creators will attend the Banff World Media Festival to connect with industry leaders, with 25 chosen for individual mentorship.

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Deals: Bell Media, Kew, Thunderbird

Bell Media inks a deal to stream two midweek CSA galas via CTV.ca, plus more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Feb. 26 to March 4, 2019

The Umbrella Academy comes in at #1, followed by Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and Doom Patrol at #3.

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Canadians to unpack LGBTQ+ representation at SXSW

As part of a panel on queer fandoms, Shaftesbury will unveil a new feature-length documentary, Queering the Script, directed by Gabrielle Zilkha.

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Programmer profile: CBC Digital

CBC’s Zach Feldberg discusses the pubcaster’s evolving digital strategy and what producers should know before pitching it.

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Dylen Postnikoff to lead brand strategy at Shaftesbury

The former head of TV content marketing at CBC will oversee global brand strategies for Shaftesbury in a new VP role.

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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.