Kelly Townsend

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How the pandemic accelerated Incendo’s copro strategy

A strong producing partner in New Zealand and Quebec’s insurance solution for producers has helped the Montreal company launch its eight-film slate for 2020.

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Ontario loosens gathering restrictions on movie theatres

Cineplex and Landmark will reopen operations in Ontario starting today after the Ministry of Health approved an exception for indoor public gatherings in movie theatres.

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Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian, Trickster selected for TIFF 2020

The festival unveiled its 50 feature picks, with films from Tracey Deer, Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt and two projects from Michelle Latimer in the mix.

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Canada’s Drag Race revs up international sales

The adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been picked up by broadcasters in the U.S., Australia, Israel and the U.K.

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Inside Out goes virtual for October festival

The LGBTQ film festival will combine its Toronto and Ottawa festivals for an Ontario-wide digital event, with programming that includes features and shorts.

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Schitt’s Creek bests its Emmy record with 15 nominations

The CBC comedy more than tripled its Emmy nominations from 2019, including best comedy, four acting categories and a total of three nods for co-creator Dan Levy.

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Pieces of a Woman to world premiere in Venice

The drama, produced by BRON Studios division Little Lamb Productions, will compete in the festival’s main competition, while a Canadian copro joins the Horizons lineup.

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Cineflix Rights to distribute French adaptation of U.K. thriller Marcella

Cineflix Media’s U.K. distribution arm holds the format rights to the series and exclusive global rights to the adaptation, produced by French prodco Elephant.

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Wynonna Earp created more than $166M in economic output: report

The SEVEN24 Films-produced sci-fi series has created nearly 1,500 jobs over its four seasons and $126.1 million in GDP, according to a study commissioned by the CMPA.

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Telefilm reports gains for women directors, losses for producers

The 2019/20 gender parity report shows Telefilm hit the 40% parity zone target for number of projects with women in key creative roles, but none achieved 50% or higher.

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Talent House launches boutique agency for drag queens

Founded by Daniel Birnbaum, the drag performance agency represents Canadian drag queens, including stars from Canada’s Drag Race and CBC’s Queens.

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Netflix, CMF back Being Black in Canada program expansion

The program will expand to help a total of 90 Black filmmakers between 2020 and 2022 access mentorship and training to film a short documentary on Black lives.