Kelly Anderson

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Hot Docs adds $20,000 in prizes

Additional coin is up for grabs at this year’s Hot Docs film festival, with the Toronto event adding to its Don Haig Award and Audience Award pots.


FremantleMedia acquires Family Harmony

Global producer-distributor FremantleMedia has picked up the singing competition Family Harmony (Un Air de Famille) (pictured), its first acquisition from Quebec.

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NFB names Ravida Din as English program director general

Din, who has been with the organization since 2007 as both a producer and executive producer, will contribute to the launch of a new strategic plan for the NFB and shape upcoming plans for the organization.


The Housewives secret to success

Producers behind some of the most popular Real Housewives U.S. series, along with Bravo’s Shari Levine, shared the formula that has led to a lasting franchise during a discussion at the Realscreen Summit in Washtington, D.C. this week.

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Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty producers talk comedy

At this year’s Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C., the producers of Duck Dynasty (pictured), Killer Karaoke and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo discussed the challenges of producing comedic reality.


High Tech Rednecks greenlit in Canada, U.S.

Toronto-based Shark Teeth Films has been given a green light for High Tech Rednecks, from Discovery World in Canada and MAVTV in the U.S.


Buck preps The Project for OLN

Toronto-based Buck Productions is heading to Guatemala for The Project, a six-part series with a twist, for Canadian network OLN. (Pictured: the show’s host Ray Zahab)

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Peace Point sells Keasha’s Perfect Dress into Spain, Italy

The company has sold a number of its lifestyle titles into territories including Europe, New Zealand and Africa (Keasha’s Perfect Dress pictured).


Stars in Danger dives into Canada

Canadian French-language network V has licensed Banijay International’s format Stars in Danger: High Diving.


BuzzTaxi takes Jack the Ripper, Mob Stories to Europe

Toronto-based BuzzTaxi Communications has sold assorted factual and doc series, including Mob Stories (pictured), to broadcasters in Poland, Germany, France and Russia among other territories.

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CBC’s Caroline Underwood talks programming science on-screen

With the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) kicking off in Washington D.C. tomorrow, the senior producer at CBC (pictured) discusses the pubcaster’s approach to science programming.


Ma vie reelle, 5 Broken Cameras win RIDM awards

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has wrapped with Magnus Isacsson’s Ma vie reelle (pictured) named best Canadian feature, and The Patron Saints awarded best new talent from Quebec/Canada.