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Inside Out names Lauren Howes as executive director

Howes, who most recently served as executive director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, assumes the role on March 1.

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NFB to create more equitable hiring practices as part of diversity roadmap

Among its pledges, the organization said it will create a pair of inclusion-focused managerial positions as it looks to build a more “egalitarian, open and diverse organization.”

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Spin Master bolsters its entertainment team

Four key promotions will see the company focus on content development, production and franchise growth.

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Peacock Alley adds new development, production roles

The Toronto-based prodco has hired Diana Foley and Eli Campbell in newly created development roles for factual and scripted, respectively, and named a post-production director.

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

Murdoch Mysteries claims the #29 spot, meanwhile The Rookie leads this week’s list.

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CMPA calls for code of practice in Bill C-10

The producers association took part in a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage meeting to discuss ways to address IP retention in a streamer-dominated landscape.

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Gusto names Carrie Gillis as VP and general manager

Gillis will oversee operations, sales and marketing in the newly created position, based out of Gusto’s Ottawa studio.

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Ballinran Entertainment unveils doc on activist Foon Hay Lum

Canadian theatre director and actor Keira Loughran is attached to write and direct.

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Reel World Management to adapt Eternity Springs book series

Empire and The Cosby Show actor Phylicia Rashad is expected to star in the series, as well as executive produce.

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Hot Sheet: Top films for Feb. 12 to 18, 2021

The Croods: A New Age leads, followed by News of the World at #2 and Promising Young Woman at #3.

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Schitt’s earns ensemble at ACTRA Awards for third year in a row

ACTRA Toronto’s ceremony also saw Outstanding Performance – Female go to Tamara Podemski (Coroner), while Jesse LaVercombe (Violation) was honoured with Outstanding Performance – Male.

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Updated filing reveals more details about Boat Rocker’s proposed IPO

The proceeds of the initial public offering would be between $175 million and $201.3 million, according to documents filed last week.