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In brief: Production moves at LaRue Entertainment, Carousel Pictures

LaRue has hired Ariella Naymark (pictured) and promoted Tyler Metcalf, while Katelyn Cursio has been upped at Carousel, and more.

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Bell Media sets Transplant to premiere in February

The medical drama will premiere on CTV and French-language network VRAK on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with the first episode available to preview on CTV.ca as early as Feb. 9.

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Vortex Words + Pictures gets into the holiday spirit early

The Ontario-based film prodco is in production on Inn for Christmas, produced by Bill Marks and Christopher Giroux and directed by Jesse Ikeman.

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CMF teams with Creative BC and CMPA on predevelopment program

The $400,000 pilot program gives B.C.-based companies access to funds for script development, research and more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 14 to 20, 2020

The Mandalorian and The Witcher continue to lead, while Letterkenny cracks the Top 10 Digital Original list.

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marblemedia looks to true crime, warfare with in-development titles

The prodco is looking to branch into a number of new sub-genres as it expands its factual slate.

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Follow the money: How Canadian creators are rocking it on YouTube

Column: Irene Berkowitz examines how Canadian creative entrepreneurs are monetizing their content both on and off the platform.

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Cineflix Rights, Curious Films ink first-look deal

Cineflix Media’s U.K. distribution arm will hold the exclusive rights to the prodco’s film slate and drive its global sales.

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Blue Ant’s Beach House bulks up exec team with four hires

With the new recruits, managing director Jocelyn Little says the Singapore-based prodco is poised to “aggressively grow” its business in the U.S. and China.

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Corey Russell joins Cream Productions, launches doc division

The former Fadoo Productions exec will oversee the launch of Cream’s film division as executive VP and help develop and produce music, sports and doc specials.

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Dan Levy joins the cast of rom-com Happiest Season

Entertainment One is handling Canadian and U.K. distribution for the film, which is the first project Levy has been attached to since production wrapped on Schitt’s Creek.

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Unpacking the media habits of Quebec’s biggest city

Montreal tends to be more ethnically and linguistically diverse than the rest of the province – how does that affect media consumption?

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Netflix sees growth slowing in Canada, but gains abroad

The streamer, which now has in the region of 6.6 million domestic members, acknowledged that the slowdown in North America was affected by the entrance of other streamers.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 6 to 12, 2020

Global’s Nurses series premiere pulled in more than 1.2M in ratings to hit #17, followed by The Curse of Oak Island at #20 and Murdoch Mysteries at #25.

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CMJ Productions rebrands under Attraction

The move comes as Attraction grows its English-language production, with CMJ execs Nicole Hamilton and Joey Case taking on expanded roles under the Attraction banner.