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Immersion Room: Virtual production at your fingertips

Toronto’s new virtual production studio seeks to remove barriers to artistic vision at a cost that smaller productions can afford.

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APTN revs up production on third season of Friday Night Thunder

Laura J. Milliken, president and CEO of Toronto-based Big Soul Productions, talks about the “heart” behind the Indigenous motorsport documentary series.

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Deals: Beyond Rights, Black Fawn, Netflix Canada, Amazon Freevee

Beyond Rights sells Canadian unscripted series at home and abroad, Toronto’s Black Fawn Distribution brings Astonishing Tales of Terror to home video, Netflix’s latest Cancon additions, plus more.

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Quebec commissioner appointed as interim vice-chair of broadcasting

Alicia Barin takes on the interim role from Caroline Simard, whose term as vice-chairperson of broadcasting ends in September.

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CMF invests $19.3M in interactive digital media projects

Projects receiving funding include Love is a Roguelite (LIAR) by Titan1Studios, which is concurrently being developed for television.

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In Brief: imagineNATIVE schedules hybrid rollout

Plus: The National Screen Institute increases its TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators cohort, and the Asian Television Network rents out its studio space.

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Hot Sheet: The Orville: New Horizons lures in audiences

The sci-fi space adventure, which counts Maltese-Canadian producer Jon Cassar as an executive producer, was 26.21 times more in demand for the week of Aug. 1 to 7.

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Cineplex Q2 revenue boosted by summer blockbusters

The Canadian theatre chain reported its highest revenue increase since the pandemic, thanks to box office successes such as Top Gun: Maverick and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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Confessions passes $1 million box office milestone

Directed by and starring Luc Picard, the drama crossed the hurdle following its third weekend in Quebec theatres.

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Boat Rocker sets course to increase share value

The Toronto media company reported $65.4 million in revenue in Q2, with a loss in TV revenue offset by an increase for its kids and family division.

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Shane Belcourt’s Warrior Strong goes to action in Northern Ontario

L.A.-based Quiver Distribution has acquired global rights to the film and plans to secure international sales at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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Production starts on Citytv animal rescue docuseries Staying Wild

EXCLUSIVE: The inside look at Saskatoon’s Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is set for an early 2023 premiere.

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Hot Sheet: Three Canadian series hit national TV chart

The Amazing Race Canada continues to dominate, while Departure and Race Against the Tide make the top 30.

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Philippe Falardeau is set to direct and write the screenplay in collaboration with Farah.

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Lantos epic Rise of the Raven underway in Hungary

Serendipity Point Pictures has secured an additional coproducer as production begins for the 10-episode historical series, expected to be one of Central Europe’s largest TV projects.

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Telefilm supports 64 small fests via COVID recovery fund

The festivals will receive a total of $725,000 through the Promotion Program, with support for larger film festivals to be announced in early 2023.