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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.

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MacLeod unveils Ontario film and TV advisory panel members

Cinespace VP Jim Mirkopoulos will serve as chair, while Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings has been tapped as its vice chair.

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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.

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Friedman wins 2020 TIFF-CBC screenwriter prize

Plus, Cory Bowles (Black Cop), Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers) and Romeo Candido (Second Jen) are among this year’s Writers’ Studio participants.

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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.

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HUGE! Play teams with Epic Story Media

Founded by former Hasbro and Fisher-Price execs, the newly launched toyco will create toys inspired by key IPs from Ken Faier’s Epic Story.

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In brief: Helga Stephenson, Divya Shahani to co-chair POV

Plus: Hot Docs has launched a new short pitch competition with Al Jazeera and two Canadian docs receive a grant from Sundance Institute.

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CFC exec Ana Serrano named president of OCAD University

The digital trailblazer will depart her current position as chief digital officer at the CFC in June to take over as president and vice-chancellor of the university on July 1.

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Brain Power adds two new exec roles to boost content output

Stan Hum and Nancy Yeaman have been promoted to EVP, business development and distribution and EVP, kids and original content, respectively.

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Cream ups James Farr to VP, development

The Toronto-based prodco has promoted Farr to oversee the company’s development staff while continuing his work as a factual producer.

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Cineflix Rights, Curious Films ink first-look deal

Cineflix Media’s U.K. distribution arm will hold the exclusive rights to the prodco’s film slate and drive its global sales.

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Corey Russell joins Cream Productions, launches doc division

The former Fadoo Productions exec will oversee the launch of Cream’s film division as executive VP and help develop and produce music, sports and doc specials.