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Ron Mann to direct and produce Crave original doc on ‘sonic obsessives’

The feature-length Audiophilia – Adventures in the World of Hi-Fi from Mann’s Sphinx Productions will look at those “engaged in the never-ending quest to find audio nirvana.”

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Telefilm Canada announces $14.5M in production funding for French-language features

Simple comme Sylvain by Monia Chokri and Sophie Deraspe’s D’où viens-tu, berger? are among nine films funded under the Production Program.

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Deals: WildBrain, Love Nature, Gusto TV, Liquid Media Group

WildBrain deals include distribution, licensing and promotional partnerships for Strawberry Shortcake, Love Nature expands in Europe via Prime Video, plus more.

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Crimes of the Future buzz builds ahead of Cannes bow

Director David Cronenberg and producer Robert Lantos discuss the internet fervour surrounding the world premiere and the marketing strategy for its theatrical release.

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Hot Sheet: Moon Knight’s reign over digital demand continues

Toronto-shot series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds came in at No. 2 on the digital originals list for the week of May 9, followed by Our Flag Means Death.

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Whistler Film Festival unveils 2022 Producers Lab cohort

The seven chosen producers are the first to receive $500 in financial support through the newly-established David Miller Legacy Award.

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Headspinner picks up speed with its digital-first content strategy

Gisele’s MishMash Adventures is the Toronto prodco’s third kids series in a row to head straight to production, thanks to financial support from CMF-Shaw Rocket’s digital-first animation fund.

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David Cronenberg endows TFCA prize to Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Fyffe-Marshall receives $50,000 in post-production services from the pay-it-forward prize that came with Cronenberg’s recent TFCA Clyde Gilmour Award.

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In brief: Corus, BANFF announce apprentice program cohort

Plus: The Prism Prize for music videos announces 10 finalists, and Hello (Again) is honoured at SeriesFest.

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Boat Rocker’s Matador Content revs up Discovery+ series with Robert Downey Jr.

The unscripted series, set to premiere later this year, follows Downey as he works with experts to restore classic cars to be more eco-friendly.

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Netflix’s Toronto office not affected by layoffs

The global streaming giant has let go of around 150 employees but none at its Canadian HQ, Playback has learned.

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Insight, Dark Slope team up to develop unscripted slate

The Toronto-based companies plan to collaborate on “hyperreality” series using virtual production and extended reality technologies.

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KOTV appoints Mia Desroches as VP, international distribution

Montreal’s KOTV has hired the former CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution exec to accelerate its distribution strategy on the global market.

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Hot Sheet: Big Brother Canada finale makes top 30 TV chart

The Insight Productions reality competition series brought in 835,000 viewers, according to Numeris.

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Banijay acquires global format distribution rights to Wild Cooks

The culinary adventure reality series hails from Montreal-based Toast in collaboration with Quebecor Content.