Whistler Film Festival announces initial Canadian titles for lineup

Jason James’ Exile will have its world premiere at the festival, with another five films from B.C. directors unveiled.

TSN picks up Serendipity Media doc Camp of Dreams

The Bell Media channel will air the doc, about Indigenous Canadian NHL player Ethan Bear’s annual hockey camp, on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Cineplex reportedly in talks for Regal Entertainment merger

Cineplex has approached parentco Cineworld’s lenders on a deal to merge the two companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Media Ranch sells international formats to U.S. prodcos

The Montreal-headquartered company has also secured additional seasons for formats sold to European broadcasters.

Blue Ant’s Beach House Pictures expands into India

The partnership with Mumbai-based Riverland Entertainment builds on the Singapore-based prodco’s continued expansion within Asia.

CBC to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with original programming

CBC, APTN and Hollywood Suite will each have all-day special programming to commemorate the federal holiday on Sept. 30.

Blink49 Studios in development on copro with U.K. prodco Eleven

The companies are set to coproduce a TV series based on American author M.L. Rio’s novel If We Were Villains.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Josiane Blanc

The Toronto-based Francophone filmmaker can do it all, creating and producing scripted and unscripted projects with a strong social impact.

Fairclough, LaRose launch production hub Two Wise Monkeys Canada

The Toronto-based unscripted prodco has launched with a development slate stacked with true-crime, paranormal, history, science, and nature series.

Sold out CIFF screening triggers theatrical run for Alberta film

Father of Nations, directed, co-written and produced by Aleisha Anderson, will run in select Alberta theatres beginning Oct. 7 after its world bow at the Calgary International Film Festival.

Cinespace to build second Marine Terminal studio in Toronto

Cinespace’s new second long-term lease with PortsToronto will see it redevelop Terminal 52 with three production and support spaces.

Meridian Artists expands to Vancouver with new agent

Katharine Pavoni will work in the key creative and directors division for the B.C. office, adding to the agency’s principal offices in Toronto and L.A.

SODEC supports 12 Quebec TV literary adaptations

The selected projects will receive pre-development funding under an assistance program held in collaboration with the Canada Media Fund.

Deals: Cineflix Rights, Neshama, IMAX, Guru Studio

Cineflix Rights and Guru Studio pad their MIPCOM sales slates, Neshama options Canadian coming-of-age novel, IMAX acquires an Ontario-based video quality solutions company, and more.

In Brief: Fabienne Colas among the Black Academy’s inaugural Legacy Award recipients

Plus: David Cronenberg receives the Donostia Award, TIFF appoints Marsha John-Greenwood as VP of people and culture, and more.