Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs Nov. 21 to 27, 2016

Finding Dory tops the chart, followed by Star Trek Beyond at #2 and Mechanic: Resurrection at #3.

Project Literacy

Best of the Year: Secret Location

After spending seven years as a predominantly service-based company, the digital content studio is putting its eggs in the original-IP basket.

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Photo gallery: Shaftesbury’s holiday open house

The Murdoch Mysteries prodco invited guests to its new digs in Toronto.

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NSI names First Features participants

All-In Madonna, from the writer/producer team of Suzie Winters and Arnold Lim, was among four projects selected for the program.

Odd Squad

Best of the Year: Sinking Ship

The prodco’s bold (and necessary) diversity initiative is helping grow its huge success at home and internationally.

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Cameras roll on Birthmarked

The comedy, which is currently shooting outside Montreal, is produced by Item 7′s Pierre Even.

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Lionsgate closes Starz transaction

The Canadian-American entertainment studio has acquired the U.S. pay-TV network for US$4.4 billion.

Owen Kelly

Breakthrough bolsters distribution team

The Toronto company has upped Owen Kelly as it continues to expand its senior ranks and grow its distribution business.

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What’s next in… lifestyle?

What do networks want in this unscripted genre? Less fashion and fewer big personalities, but more family and social experiments.

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Reign to end after season four

Producers of the historical drama are currently working on the 78th and final episode.

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Best of the Year: CBC

Following budget cuts and revenue losses, the pubcaster had to refocus its efforts. Today it’s a lean, mean, fighting machine. And its commitment to digital and premium content is paying off.

Football

NFL continues fight for sim sub

The league’s Canadian managing director has written to the U.S. Ambassador to Canada.

La Voix

Quebecor Fund distributes nearly $2M across seven projects

La Voix season five was among the projects to receive funding through the Main Television Production Assistance Program.

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What’s next in…property programming?

Studs up, tiny spaces and – you guessed it – personalities will all be big in the home genre in 2017.

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TIFF picks top 10 Canadian films of 2016

Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie’s Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk are among the features selected.