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Ira Levy on Breakthrough’s refocused strategy

The prominent Canadian producer discusses how Breakthrough is pivoting its production and development model following the sale of its kids catalogue to 9 Story last month.

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Hallmark preps Breakthrough MOW

Season for Love, produced by Ira Levy, marks the Toronto company’s first collaboration with Crown Media.

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9 Story to buy Breakthrough’s kids and family slate

The acquisition expands 9 Story’s distribution library to more than 3,500 half-hours, and adds to its live-action offerings with titles including the Anne of Green Gables movie series.

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Trade mission debrief: coproducing with China

Producers returning from Canadian Heritage’s recent mission touted the vast opportunities for collaboration, but highlighted the urgent need for a TV copro treaty.

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Breakthrough, Birman Productions pact on doc series

The companies will coproduce the project based on the seven-part Hinges of History book series by American author Thomas Cahill.

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Mining CanLit for the next hit

From Playback magazine: With more book-optioning on the horizon thanks to a CRTC pilot project, stakeholders weigh in on the do’s and don’ts of bringing published works to the screen.

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Breakthrough, Black Fawn Films ink 8-picture production deal

The two-year pact follows a collaboration on two genre pics, Antisocial (pictured) and The Drownsman.

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This is…the kids business in Canada – Part 2

From our print issue: Playback takes a look at how industry consolidation and new streaming services are influencing one of Canada’s most successful entertainment sectors.

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Breakthrough embarking on The Great War Tour

The multi-part television and online documentary series, hosted by military historian Norm Christie, is slated for winter of this year.

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Breakthrough Entertainment buys Joker Films

The indie producer is accelerating its expansion into theatrical film production and distribution. (Joker Films founder Tim Brown pictured)

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Breakthrough Entertainment finds equity partners for future growth

Co-founders Ira Levy and Peter Williamson have sold stakes in the company to two long-time executives, Nat Abraham (pictured) and Michael McGuigan.

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Breakthrough presells Zerby Derby to Sprout

The Toronto-based producer and distributor has presold its new preschool series, Zerby Derby (pictured) to Sprout in the U.S. and South Korea’s MBC, heading into MIPCOM next month.