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Ontario government invests $1.3M as it pivots funding support for export, development

Given travel restrictions related to the pandemic, Ontario Creates has adapted a number of programs to focus on virtual business activities.

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Incendo rolls on As Gouda As It Gets

Produced in association with Rogers Sports & Media’s Citytv, principal photography is underway in Montreal on the project starring Kim Shaw.

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Deals: Incendo, Cineflix Rights, WildBrain Spark

Incendo sparks a new deal with Fox Entertainment, Cineflix Rights secures international deals for An Ordinary Woman and WildBrain Spark lands Power Players.

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ISO lifts lid on Solidarity Fund and other funding initiatives

The Indigenous Development Grants Program offers support for Indigenous individuals and majority Indigenous-owned companies, while the Partnership Program addresses the business continuity needs of Indigenous creators during the pandemic.

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Heritage unveils $50M short-term compensation fund to ease insurance crisis

The new fund, to be administered by Telefilm, will cater to independent production companies owned and controlled by Canadians, said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault.

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Netflix expands footprint in B.C. with long-term studio lease

The streamer has inked a multi-year agreement to lease 178,000 square feet of studio space at Canadian Motion Picture Park.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Sept. 15 to 21, 2020

The Boys land at #1 on the Digital Original list, while The Umbrella Academy and The Handmaid’s Tale come in at #4 and #6, respectively.

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Monkey Beach’s 10-year journey from print to screen

Director and producer Loretta Todd shares the importance of shooting the film in a Haisla community and how Indigenous filmmakers are fighting for a sustainable indie film culture in Western Canada.

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Look Mom! hires creative development director

Sam Chou will help the animation arm of Blue Ant Studios expand into animated drama series, as it pivots out of the kids-content business.

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In brief: Bron gets to work on a new feature in Vancouver

Plus, Fuse Media, OUTtv and Vice Studios go to camera on makeover series Clothes Minded and Whistler Film Festival unveils a new hire.

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Burden of Truth back on the case in Winnipeg

Season four of the legal drama sees creator Brad Simpson serve as co-showrunner alongside Adam Pettle for the first time.

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Throne speech reaffirms government plan to regulate digital platforms

The federal government pledged to ensure web giants’ revenue is “shared more fairly with our creators and media,” as well as announcing plans to extend CEWS into next summer and modernize the EI system.

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Stakeholders launch the Southwestern Ontario Film Alliance

Advocating for enhanced regional tax credits and programs to develop infrastructure and skills, some of the non-profit organization’s founding supporters include Ballinran Entertainment and Sim.

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Workin’ Moms gets back in business

The fifth season of Workin’ Moms is the latest CBC series to head into production this month as its winter 2021 slate heats up.

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WildBrain 2020 revenue steady, despite COVID bumps

The Halifax-based company’s 2020 revenue was down a modest 3% from the previous year after a Q4 bump in production income, helping to offset ad revenue losses.