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CSAs ’20: Schitt’s Creek breaks awards record with 26 noms

Anne with an E, Mary Kills People and Letterkenny top their previous hauls, while Cardinal racks up 14 nominations as it moves to the Drama category.


CRTC hears interventions on Bell Media’s proposed V acquisition

Quebecor stood firm in its stance against the deal, while a number of associations disputed Bell Media’s request to lower French-language PNI expenditure requirements.


In brief: Netflix’s first Quebec film to premiere in Montreal

Plus: Anthropocene directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier take over Toronto’s Human Rights Watch fest and a new Montreal VFX studio opens.


TIFF Next Wave’s Co-Lab opens the door for young creators

TIFF’s manager of youth and community initiatives Steph Guthrie explains how the single-day industry conference focuses on how to get a film seen rather than made.


eOne lands worldwide rights to Global drama Family Law

The studio is set to distribute the SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions legal drama internationally, excluding Canada, as casting gets underway.


In brief: Canadian orgs, prodcos sign on for climate action

B.C. Green Park Group’s climate pact for the creative industry earns over 70 signatories, WIFTV names genre concept winners and Bron-backed films nab Oscar gold.


Two Annes collide in Hamilton

Anne with an E star Amybeth McNulty stars in Maternal, the feature directorial debut of Anne of Green Gables icon Megan Follows, now in production.


All-Round Champion gets an early renewal

TVO and BYUtv have greenlit the marblemedia-produced unscripted series for a second season ahead of its March broadcast premiere.


Jon Comerford launches new casting agency

The industry veteran has founded Toronto-based New Life Casting with casting associate Sara Dang and talent agent Lisa DeMeo.

Shes with me

Wattpad, Sony Pictures Television in development on two series

She’s With Me and The Last She mark the first projects to come out of a first-look deal Wattpad inked with the U.S. studio last year.


Canadian reality TV makes global headlines with royal rumour

Insight Productions and CTV were forced to go on the record to clarify that the Duchess of Sussex would not be appearing on upcoming unscripted series I Do, Redo.


No rival buyers in play as Cineplex go-shop period ends

Its closure sets the stage for U.K.-based Cineworld to acquire Cineplex as its shareholders prepare to meet on Feb. 11 to vote on the transaction valued at $2.8 billion.