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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.

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Programming profile: FX

EVP of series development Gina Balian on the net’s anthology-heavy strategy and how it is tapping creators from outside the traditional TV model to tell stories.

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The world according to David Rocco

Long before exporting Cancon was government purview, Toronto-based Rockhead Entertainment made its Dolce series an authentic global brand.

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In Brief: How Pyewacket benefited pocketbooks

Plus: Canada-Israel digi media projects receive development and production coin, Scott White joins CAVCO and more.

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Deals: CraveTV, Riddle Films, TFO

Starz original Counterpart is heading to the Bell Media-owned streamer, plus more deals.

Murdoch Home for the Holidays

Shaftesbury, Cineplex expand partnership

The Murdoch Mysteries holiday special will debut on cinema screens in 11 cities across the country ahead of its CBC debut.

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Quebecor Fund awards $2.3M across nine projects

Roughly $1.3 million was distributed through its convergent stream, including an interactive component for season six of the reality series La Voix.

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Hochelaga does not advance in Oscar race

The Max Films-produced feature from director Francois Girard didn’t make the short list for best foreign-language picture.

Diversity Roundtable

Breaking barriers: Diversity needs ‘margin for failure’

In part two of Playback‘s roundtable, execs talk international biases against diverse casting, the need for a higher risk tolerance and the growing demand for representation.

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A safer workplace manifesto

The industry has a problem. It’s time to address it. Here’s how we can start.

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CMF awards $4.5M across nine digital media projects

Relish Interactive and Felix & Paul Studios each netted $1.2 million in the latest round of the funder’s commercial projects pilot program.

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Britbox SVOD coming to Canada

The British TV streamer from BBC Worldwide and ITV is set to launch in early 2018.