Kevin Ritchie

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TVO opens its second annual short doc contest

The pubcaster seeks Ontario-based filmmakers to create a five-minute doc that challenges perceptions of poverty as part of its contribution to the global Why Poverty? film project.

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Nat Geo picks up Highway Thru Hell

The U.S. cable network has picked up Vancouver-based Great Pacific Media’s unscripted series about a Canadian highway rescue team (pictured) from Beyond Distribution.


Doc makers explore multi-screen tie-ins

The creatives behind Lost Rivers (app pictured) and Northwords, which screened at Toronto’s Planet in Focus festival this week, talk to Playback about the process of making value-adding experiences.

Story House

Story House Media opens Toronto office

Robyn Hutt (pictured left), former SVP of original programming for truTV, and Rachel Low (pictured right), ex-Red Apple Entertainment president, will lead the international prodco’s Canadian headquarters.


Factual spotlight: Knowledge Network

Murray Battle (pictured), director of independent production and presentation at B.C.’s public broadcaster says the priority is on “filmmaker-driven creative documentaries that entertain, enlighten and challenge our viewers.”

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Peace Point inks MENA deal, unveils MIPCOM slate

The producer/distributor has expanded the reach of its catalog to the Middle East and North Africa through a deal with the Tanweer Group and unveiled the programming it will bring to this year’s MIPCOM. (Keasha’s Perfect Dress pictured.)

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Lost Rivers to open Planet in Focus fest

Lost Rivers, director Caroline Bacle’s documentary about the hidden rivers beneath urban centers, will open the 13th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto.

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TIFF12: Kastner has a ball with Disco doc

Toronto-based director Jamie Kastner (pictured) talks about taking viewers on a revisionist romp through the disco era in The Secret Disco Revolution.

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TIFF12: Mettler’s Time arrives in Toronto

As the Toronto festival kicks off, veteran Canadian/Swiss filmmaker Peter Mettler (pictured) talks about attempting to film the impossible with his latest documentary The End of Time.

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Peace Point begins production on The Bulloch Family Ranch

U.S. cable net GMC TV commissioned the 7 x 60-min docu-series (pictured) from Toronto-based indie Peace Point Entertainment.

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Lionsgate, A+E forge DVD distribution partnership

The deal encompasses programming including A&E’s Duck Dynasty (pictured), History’s Pawn Stars and Lifetime’s Dance Moms.

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Survivorman returns to Discovery Channel

The U.S. cable network is bringing the adventure series, starring survivalist Les Stroud (pictured), back for two episodes that will air in August and September.