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In brief: David Sparrow to serve second term at ACTRA National

Plus: T.O. WebFest unveils lineup of 49 Canadian series, CMF reveals Ireland incentive funds for 2019 and Super Channel expands Dan Rudolph’s remit.

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TVA Group axes 68 jobs

The company said the decision was “made necessary by numerous unfair practices that have been undermining the television industry for years.”

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 20 to 26, 2019

NCIS takes the #2 spot, while Island of Bryan comes in at #14 and MasterChef Canada lands at #15.

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Upfronts ’19: Bell Media finalizes rebrand of four specialty networks

The company has officially unveiled the CTV Life, Comedy, Sci-Fi and Drama Channels.

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Bell Media sets 70 original projects for 2019/20 schedule

New unscripted projects from Banger Films, Cream and eOne will join previously announced titles such as The Transplant and Carter season two.

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Thunderbird launches U.K.-based production division

The new venture, led by Ed Sayer, has already lined up a factual coproduction deal with Endemol-owned prodco Workerbee.

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Williamson, Butler upped at Pier 21 as Barna steps back

Founder Laszlo Barna will step back from the company’s day-to-day operations, while the prodco also unveiled in-development dramas with Michael Konyves and Sandra Chwialkowska.

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Nish Media launches new Quebec-based distribution arm

7th Screen will handle sales and distribution for feature-length, television and digital titles, focusing on a wider distribution of Indigenous-created content.

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Mena Massoud’s rise to fame fuels indie short curiosity

Before he starred in Aladdin, the Markham-born actor was cast in a Canadian short film and now its producers are reckoning with his unexpected success story.

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MFM names Margolis acting CEO and film commissioner

Entertainment lawyer Rachel Margolis will step into the role this June.

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Blue Ant Int’l hires Ludo Dufour to SVP role

Based out of L.A., the newly created position will focus on coproductions, coventures, pre-sales and more.

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Upfronts ’19: Corus pairs with Complex in digital push

Corus revealed its new digital partnerships at the 2019 upfront presentation with the aim to target the male 18-24 demographic.

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: 2019 nominations now open

We’re asking you to help us find the hottest up-and-coming talent in the Canadian screen production industry. (Free to view)

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DHX receives unsolicited merger proposal from Sakthi Global

The company responded Tuesday by saying its board will consider and evaluate any formal offer but it has not yet verified Sakthi Global’s ability to carry out a transaction.

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LevelFILM to distribute Phil Connell’s Jump, Darling

Starring Cloris Leachman and Thomas Duplessie, the project goes to camera in Toronto and Prince Edward County this month.