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A71 Entertainment acquires assets of D Films

The deal adds around 90 films to A71′s library as it looks to grow its distribution and production activities in 2020.

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The new showrunners: Evany Rosen and Kayla Lorette

The co-showrunners of Crave’s new Canadian comedy, New Eden, discuss navigating their roles, the development process and what’s next for them.

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CMF, CACE partner for $1.5M predevelopment program

The new program will allow Canadian distributors to trigger funding for projects in early development that are intended for the international market.

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Brotherhood among Canadian 2020 Oscar nominees

The Tunisia/Canada copro is up for Live Action Short, while Toronto filmmaker Sami Khan’s short doc St. Louis Superman also picked up a nomination.

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2019′s top-grossing films at the Canadian box office

The annual chart was topped by Menteur and Il pleuvait des oiseaux, while The Grizzlies, The Hummingbird Project and Antigone also made the top-10.

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Blue Ant grows Love Nature’s European footprint

Following a multi-year deal with European pay-TV operator Sky, the natural history channel is next set to launch on Antik Telecom in Slovakia.

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Hasbro completes eOne acquisition

Under the new leadership structure, Darren Throop will report to Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, while Olivier Dumont, Steve Bertram and Chris Taylor will also join the toyco.

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Cineplex-Cineworld deal raises questions for domestic film industry

Industry seeks reassurance that Cineworld or another buyer will put Canadian considerations on its priorities list.

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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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Playback Winter 2019: Best of the Year

Editor-in-chief Liza Sardi chats with industry leaders about nostalgia, innovation, the arrival of Disney+, meeting consumer expectations and where the industry is headed in 2020.

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Playback Fall 2019: The future of Canadian film in an OTT world

Our fall issue explores how producers are staying afloat in the uncertain waters of SVODs and OTTs and debuts the 2019 class of Playback‘s 5 to Watch.