Kelly Townsend

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Toronto producer forms Baobab Film Collective with African prodcos

Launched by Cape Verdean and Canadian filmmaker P.J. Marcellino, the collective will produce African-centred dramas for the global market.

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OUTtv acquires The Amazing Gayl Pile for linear, streaming

The LaRue Entertainment-produced comedy will premiere tonight (July 16) on OUTtv in its Canadian linear debut, with three seasons landing on OUTtvGO.

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Neshama adds VP of business, legal affairs to exec team

The prodco has expanded its team as it goes back into production and grows its business with partner and minority shareholder MarVista Entertainment.

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Departure lands U.S. distribution with Peacock

The new streaming service will air Departure in September thanks to a deal brokered by Starlings Television.

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Inspired Image taps new CSO to lead strategic Canadian expansion

The former Sim International exec joins the equipment rental and production services company to oversee its growth and diversification, including acquisitions.

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Quebec invests $51M to offset COVID production, insurance costs

The funds will give temporary relief for the province’s domestic productions, while the CMPA made a renewed call for a nationwide solution to the insurance problem.

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HireBIPOC to launch as streamlined staffing resource

Bell Media president Randy Lennox and BIPOC TV & Film founder Nathalie Younglai discuss building an industry-wide resource for staffing domestic and service productions.

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In brief: Steven DeNure takes on strategic role at Aux Mode

Plus: The producers behind The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open launch a grant program, and incubator programs name winning projects.

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Heritage unveils $27.8M in Phase 2 funds for audiovisual sector

The additional emergency funds will be distributed by Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund, with details on allocation to be announced “as soon as possible.”

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William F. White International acquires Century Studio

The company purchased the studio from High Park Entertainment’s Thomas Walden and Eric Birnberg, making it their third location in the Toronto area.

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Shaftesbury brings its latest branded content to Crave for Pride

SVP, branded entertainment Kaaren Whitney-Vernon shares how their track record with authentic LGBTQ representation made them an attractive partner to Dove.

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In brief: VIFF builds digital platform for its 39th edition

Plus: The ISO partners with Sundance, Breakthroughs names its short film winners and the Canada Council for the Arts has given $250,000 in emergency funds for Indigenous artists.