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Updated: CRTC releases GLR decisions

Programs of national interest (PNI) expenditure for English-language broadcast groups will now be based on historical spend, up from 5% of revenues.

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Column: NAFTA, Trump and Canada’s cultural exemption

Entertainment lawyer Lorraine P. D’Alessio examines what’s at stake in the renegotiation of NAFTA and the precedent set by TPP11.

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OUTtv bolsters originals slate with three commissions

Digital series FAK YAASS from Toronto’s Bulldog Productions will premiere in 2019, alongside two new docuseries.

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The Cartel moves into Winnipeg

The L.A.-based management and production company said it plans to produce between eight and 10 projects in the city next year.

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CMF’s Cardin joins Netflix as director of public policy for Canada

Stephane Cardin, who spent eight years as the funder’s VP of industry and public affairs, will move to the streamer next month.

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Larissa Giroux joins OAZ as talent manager

The former CFC programs department exec returns to the talent agency where she began her career.

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TIFF ’18: Canadian producers set for Int’l Financing Forum

Conquering Lion, Devonshire Productions and Aircraft Pictures are among the 21 Canadian prodcos heading to the OMDC’s feature co-financing event.

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JFL, CraveTV team for more laughs

Three hour-long stand-up specials from Canadian comics Robby Hoffman, DJ Demers and Mark Forward will debut on the streamer later this year.

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eOne taps Zev Foreman to lead film production in L.A.

Foreman, whose production credits include Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club and Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, will oversee development and production on eOne’s global slate.

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Facebook rolls out Watch platform internationally

Tomorrow’s launch marks the fourth high-profile entrant to the VOD market in Canada this year after CBS All Access, BritBox and Hayu.

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Julie Di Cresce joins the Whistler Film Festival

The former HBO and Super Channel exec will oversee all industry, project development and talent programs for the fest and its summit.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug.13 to 19, 2018

The Amazing Race Canada leads the list, while America’s Got Talent comes in at #4 and Big Brother lands at #2, #3 and #5.

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Ottawa Film Office, TriBro unveil proposal for soundstage campus

The new facility would contribute an additional $40 million in production activity over the next three years and create 500 new jobs, according to the city’s film office.

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How Secret Location took on The Great C

The eOne-owned studio continues to push the boundaries of virtual reality with its 30-minute “cinematic VR narrative” based on the short story by Philip K. Dick.

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Carole Vivier to retire from Manitoba Film & Music

The CEO and film commissioner has been with the org since 1985 and is set to step down next summer.