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Hollywood Suite pays homage to Romero with original doc

Raising the Dead: Re-examining Night of the Living Dead is among the rising list of original documentary titles from Hollywood Suite to honour classic cinema.

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Canadian-created Homecon brings Comic-Con to fans’ living rooms

Co-creator Paul Amos shares how the business model could continue to thrive post-pandemic and how it gives an expanded platform for Canadian TV and indie films.


Production protocols on COVID-19 expected for early June

More regional productions, sustainability training and gathering exemptions were discussed by Canada’s film commissioners on a webinar with Entertainment Partners.

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Shaftesbury reveals its kids development, production slate

Kids and family exec Jennifer McCann shares the prodco’s strategy to build on legacy brands and how they’ve had to shift gears during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Inside Out launches emergency relief funding for LGBTQ projects

The relief fund is an expansion of its RE:Focus Fund, with eligible projects able to apply for up to $2,500 to cover costs due to COVID-19.


Orphan Black cast sets virtual reunion for charity

Tatiana Maslany will join the cast and creators in a table read of two episodes from season one on May 17 on the series’ official Facebook page.


Murdoch Mysteries lives on at CBC

The pubcaster renewed the procedural drama for a 14th season, with star Yannick Bisson telling fans it ‘might be a little different’ than previous seasons.


Ottawa unveils details on $500M Heritage emergency funds

Updated: CMPA will work with Telefilm and CMF on how to best distribute the $115.8 million dedicated to Canada’s audiovisual sector, with an application process on the way.


Island of Bryan sets its U.S. debut with a new title

U.S. network HGTV picked up the first season from Corus Studios with the revamped title of Renovation Island, set to premiere June 7.


In brief: Atomic Cartoons series up for Peabody Award

Plus: A Canadian screenwriter is in development on a series about Rob Ford with AMC and a Vancouver studio is up for two Webby Awards.


Fae Pictures ups its development capacity with two exec hires

Founder Shant Joshi explains how the company is able to expand during uncertain times and how Canada’s COVID-19 response may ‘redefine service production.’


Canadian Academy CEO on the CSAs virtual rollout

Beth Janson shares how the Academy has found an engaging way to honour the nominees online and via social media channels from May 25 to 28.