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Shaftesbury appoints Liz Levine as senior producer and VP of television

The veteran producer said the Toronto prodco has supported her throughout her career and joining it “feels a lot like coming home.”

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ISO, DGC launch Indigenous director fellowship program

The initiative will place emerging Indigenous directors on episodic productions from pre-production through post.

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DGC BC ratifies tentative agreement with negotiating producers

The Directors Guild of Canada BC District Council says the province “is open for business” once again as the agreement brings an end to the strike.

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Telefilm Canada announces $5.5M in production funding for French-language features

Pascal Plante’s Les chambres rouges and Jean-François Leblanc’s Vil et misérable are among the eight films funded under the Production Program.

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In brief: Canadian feature Labour Day to debut at Cinequest

Plus: WildBrain Spark, Animation Café are producing a Sunny Bunnies spinoff, Netflix’s Toronto office is unaffected by the streamer’s latest layoffs, and more.

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Hot Sheet: Stranger Things still trumps overall TV demand

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ came in second and Prime Video’s The Boys rose on both the digital originals and overall TV charts for the week of June 13 to 19.

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Indigenous Screen Summit delegates gain momentum for projects at BANFF

Dallas Soonias and Jordan Molaro, who were among the 14 Indigenous producers taking part in the Pitch Forum, say they landed leads and potential sales at the summit.

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Former Bell Media exec Tony Leadman joins Weather Channel

Leadman will lead international distribution for the network’s primetime programming and original series.

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Treehouse, BBC order new Spin Master series Vida The Vet

Toronto’s Jam Filled Entertainment is animating the 52 x 11-minute series, which is set to launch in fall 2023.

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Aircraft Pictures makes two key hires for executive team

Irene Ho assumes role as head of finance and operations, while Alan Bacchus is now director of business affairs.

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White Pine Pictures’ Andrew Munger relaunching Ultramagnetic Productions

Munger, who first ran Ultramagnetic from 1997 to 2004, is leaving White Pine but will still serve as EP on some of its docs, including Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On.

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Twelve delegates set for NFMLA InFocus: Canadian Cinema

Gavin Seal, who is among the Canadian cohort, says he plans to pitch two projects at the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles program.

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Patricia Chica’s Montréal Girls to world premiere at Cinequest

Chica, who made her directorial debut on the coming-of-age story, is also up for Visionary Award at the California festival in August.

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Blue Ant Media announces three greenlights, one renewal

Cub Camp, American Doomsday and Haunted Lost and Found are bound for the company’s specialty TV platforms, and Mysteries from Above is set for season two.

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Kidoodle.TV secures equity investment from TriWest

The deal values the streamer at about $601 million and sees TriWest Capital Partners managing director Jon Spencer join Kidoodle’s board of directors.