Kelly Townsend

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Deals: Northern Banner Releasing, Bell Media, Super Channel

Steve Markle’s rom-com-doc Shoot to Marry gets Canadian distribution, TSN and RDS hold onto another decade of the World Juniors and Super Channel lands Florida Girls.

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In brief: Schitt’s Creek kicks off 2020 with new nominations

Plus: Toronto goes punk rock with a new webseries in production this month and HGTV invests into the Property Brothers’ business.

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Jennifer Holness, Lauren Corber among 50 chosen for BANFF Spark

The program, supported by the Government of Canada and the Banff World Media Festival, gives training, mentorship and networking opportunites to female entrepreneurs.

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Merci pour tout earns $1 million in holiday box office

This is Louise Archambault’s second film to breach the million mark within the last year, following the success of Il pleuvait des oiseaux.

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Gen Z demands diverse content – and pays for it: report

A survey conducted by VICE Media and Ontario Creates offers insight on the viewing habits of Gen Z and Millennials, as well as where they look for new content.

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Valerie Creighton, Michael Donovan among Order of Canada recipients

Also appointed to the Order are eOne’s Darren Throop, filmmaker Xavier Dolan and Oscar-winning director James Cameron.

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Global greenlights Family Law from SEVEN24, Lark

The Corus Entertainment-owned channel also revealed early renewals for original dramas Nurses and Departure, which will both premiere in 2020.

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CRTC weighs in on Quebecor, Bell carriage dispute

The Commission has ordered Bell to repackage TVA Sports for fairer competition between the French-language sports channel and Bell Media’s RDS.

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HGF supports 27 films in first quarter of 2019/20

Nearly $400,000 in funding will be allocated to the films, which include scripts from Kathleen Hepburn (pictured), Jordan Canning, Jamie Dagg and Danishka Esterhazy.

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Lifestyle Personality of the Year: Bryan Baeumler

The HGTV Canada star took a chance with his personal business and pitched Island of Bryan, the channel’s biggest ratings hit in a decade.

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Secret Location co-founder launches new AI-focused studio

Agence is the first project to come from Pietro Gagliano’s new company, with the National Film Board of Canada attached to coproduce.

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Telefilm hires Jeremy Spry to lead CMF funding administration

The former DATSIT Sphere exec takes on the Montreal-based role of national director, CMF program administrator on Jan. 8, 2020.