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Alberta Film presents united front to attract major film, TV projects

Canadian Locations Showcase: Alberta commissioners detail how the province’s enhanced financial incentives seek to draw more big-budget productions like Ghostbusters: Afterlife to the region.

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Second Jen star brings first sketch comedy series to OMNI

Abroad will feature “strong representation” both in front of behind the camera.

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Quebec adds $46.1 million to cultural sector recovery

The funds will be added to the province’s temporary assistance programs, which were created in summer 2020 to offset the cost of safety protocols and potential shutdowns due to COVID-19.

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Off the Fence strikes deal with Canadian prodcos

Projects with Markham Street Films and Shark Teeth Films in the works, as the distributor looks to find new opportunities to meet the demand for content.

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In Brief: Agam Darshi’s Donkeyhead to open MISAFF

Plus: Corus and OYA team up

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The Weeknd series bound for HBO

The Toronto pop star and Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios are among the executive producers on The Idol.

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REMC report calls for better race-based data collection

The Racial Equity Media Collective says its report on screen industry funding inequity was hindered by a lack of necessary data.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 15 to 21, 2021

Star Trek: Discovery rises to No. 2 in digital originals, with Letterkenny cracking the top 10, while Saturday Night Live, recently hosted by Simu Liu, remains at the top of the overall list.

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TLN and ECG support Rogers-Shaw deal, but ask for safeguards

The independent ethnic broadcasters filed interventions against the proposed merger they now say is a “necessary response” to changes in the broadcasting landscape.

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Production boom propels Thunderbird’s bottom line

The B.C.-based company has 27 programs in various stages of development across its divisions, 12 of which are company or partner-managed IP.

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Network Media names leads for NFT Studios

White, one of the founders of Thunderbird Entertainment, will also be an executive producer for emerging content initiatives.

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IPF picks 10 projects for Short Form Series Production Program

Six of the projects chosen by the Independent Production Fund are in English and four are in French.

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Telus warns Rogers may become programming ‘gatekeeper’

The company says the proposed merger has already impacted negotiations with Disney over digital services, and hands nearly half of all English-language broadcast subscribers over to Rogers.

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Clement Virgo to direct feature on world’s first major Black sports star

Regina-based Minds Eye Entertainment is producing Black Cyclone, about U.S. cyclist Walter Taylor who overcame racism to become a racing champion during the Jim Crow era.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for Nov. 8 to 14, 2021

Primetime special Adele One Night Only leads in the ratings, followed by Blue Bloods and NCIS.

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Rogers tells CRTC Shaw deal is necessary to compete with global streamers

The company also said the acquisition will help build Citytv in Western news markets and invest in more coverage of Indigenous communities.