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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films September 6 to 12, 2019

Menteur holds the #1 spot, followed by The Death and Life of John F. Donovan at #2 and Jeune Juliette at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films September 6 to 12, 2019

It: Chapter Two comes in at #1, followed by Angel Has Fallen at #2 and The Lion King at #3.

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Allarco brings anti-piracy lawsuit against four Canadian retailers

The Super Channel parent co alleges that Best Buy, Staples, Canada Computers and London Drugs are engaging in sales practices that encourage content piracy.

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TIFF ’19: Antigone, Twentieth Century win big as festival wraps

Meanwhile Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit won the People’s Choice Award and Chloe Robichaud’s Delphine won best Canadian short film.

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Menteur passes $6M at the domestic box office

The film directed by Emile Gaudreault has hit the mark after just 10 weeks.

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Programmer Profile: Netflix independent film

Playback magazine caught up with Netflix’s Ian Bricke to discuss the streamer’s strategy for original independent films and its Canadian production plans.

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Cameras roll on Tracey Deer and Meredith Vuchnich’s Beans

Co-written by the duo, the screenplay previously picked up the TIFF-CBC Films Screenwriter prize and support from the CFC Features program.

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TIFF ’19: Heather Young’s Murmur takes Discovery prize

Canada/U.S. copro Anne at 13,000 ft earned an honourable mention in the Platform competition, while the remaining awards will be announced via social media.

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Deals: Markham Street Films, Intuitive Pictures, Guru Studio

Markham Street Films and Intuitive Pictures strike option deals, while Guru Studio inks new broadcast deals for True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

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Wow Unlimited stalls launch of linear channel

The company is “exploring strategic partnerships” as the launch of the former Bell Media-owned channel sees an indefinite delay.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for September 3 to 9, 2019

Stranger Things leads the list, followed by 13 Reasons Why and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance at #3.

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Boat Rocker acquires Platform One Media

Katie O’Connell Marsh, who has been promoted to founder and chairman of Platform One via the deal, will also take on a senior role at Boat Rocker.

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eOne buys U.S. unscripted prodco Blackfin

With the acquisition, Geno McDermott, founder and CEO of New York-based Blackfin, will serve as eOne’s president of U.S. alternative programming – unscripted television.

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More investment needed to stimulate Canada’s formats biz

Factual execs gathered at Content Canada to discuss the health of the domestic formats business and explore ways to nurture more export-ready hit formats.

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Programmer Profile: CBC Films

Senior director of CBC Films Mehernaz Lentin discusses what the pubcaster’s rebranded features banner is looking for and how indie producers can get on her radar.