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Play Management expands to content development

The Vancouver-based talent agency has hired Andrew McCann Smith to lead Play Media, a new content creation arm of the company to develop original IP.

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ACTRA National hires Trevor Hampden as diversity director

Hampden takes over the position of director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging following the departure of Olivia Nuamah.

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Marianne Culbert named head of production at Oasis Animation

The former Portfolio Entertainment exec will oversee all production activities of the Sphere Media-owned animation studio following the departure of Diane Dallaire.

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Kyle Irving to receive Order of Manitoba

Irving is the second Eagle Vision partner to receive the provincial honour, following Lisa Meeches in 2017.

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McGillivray Entertainment Media hires producer Kelly Wray

Wray (pictured) joins the Scott McGillivray-fronted prodco as executive producer to oversee its lifestyle programming.

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Hybrid film fests here to stay: report

Whistler Film Festival’s preliminary findings from its study on the future of film festivals identifies loss of organic connections as a pain point, especially for emerging filmmakers.

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon names Brent Haynes head of scripted in Canada

The new role marks the first time Amazon Prime Video has appointed a domestic content executive based in Canada.

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Wattpad reveals significant growth ambitions post-acquisition

The Toronto-based multi-platform company plans to grow its workforce by 50%, including its content team, as the transaction comes to a close.

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McGillivray Entertainment Media ups Angela Jennings, Jeff Baker

Jennings will now serve as president of the Scott McGillivray-led prodco, while Baker will oversee its content slate as head of production.

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ISO, Netflix support 39 Indigenous creators

Some of the companies supported as part of the 2021 cohort include Big Soul Productions and Rezolution Pictures.

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Lucas Talent adds drag artist division with Tuck Entertainment

The Vancouver-based agency will handle film and TV opportunities for the Tuck Entertainment roster and help develop original content pitches around their drag brands.

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Alberta court dismisses Allarco injunction against Canadian retailers

The injunction, filed earlier this year, called for retailers Best Buy, Staples, London Drugs and Canada Computers to end sales of set-top boxes, alleging they enable consumers to pirate content.