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CMPA’s Sandy Dobson dies at 55

The organization’s VP of finance and facilities had been with the CMPA since 2012.

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Rogers Media, CBC extend NHL deal

The newly inked seven-year agreement will keep Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup playoffs on the pubcaster until 2026.

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Cartoon Network, Teletoon open up Total Drama Daycare

Fresh TV’s cult hit franchise is back with a prequel series that ages down its animated stars.

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Syfy renews Van Helsing for season three

Filming on the Nomadic Pictures series is scheduled to begin this February in Vancouver.

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Edmonton Screen Industries Office names CEO

Producer and former Minds Eye Entertainment exec Josh Miller will lead the new office, which replaces the city’s film commission.

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Vice Canada, CTV partner on opioid docs

The millennial-focused company deepens its relationship with Bell Media as industry watchers wait for news on Viceland’s fate.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

Junior Majeur is at #1, followed by The Man Who Invented Christmas at #2 and The Breadwinner at #3.

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Temple Street options fantasy trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry

The prodco’s SVP Kerry Appleyard and senior development producer Lesley Grant will oversee the TV adaptation of author Guy Gavriel Kay’s novels.

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CBC adds OTT programming and acquisitions head

Senior director of acquisitions Jenna Bourdeau will now lead content planning for the pubcaster’s streamer.

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Producer Bob Crowe dies at 62

The CMPA board member co-founded Saskatoon-based Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

Coco is at #1, followed by Wonder at #2 and Justice League at #3.

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Connect3 is hunting for Nazis in new Brazil copro

The Cineflix-owned co is partnering with Brazil’s Boutique Filmes, the prodco behind the Netflix series 3%.

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CMJ opens Toronto, L.A. offices

Nicole Hamilton joins the factual prodco as head of development and Lucie Jourdan will serve as exec producer for the west coast.

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NFB launches interactive gambling documentary

Produced out of its Toronto studio, Thank You for Playing explores the ways in which games of chance can lead to the development of addictive behaviours.

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Photo gallery: CMPA’s 2017 year-end party

Producers and industry members toasted another successful year over candy and cocktails in Toronto.