In brief: Latimer, Deer among DGC’s Discovery long list

A Canadian VR project wins in Venice, new scholarships and opportunities, plus Fae Pictures joins development on trans-led rom-com.

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Jennifer Podemski unveils The Shine Network

Founded by the award-winning multi-hyphenate, the web-based media platform is committed to empowering and celebrating Indigenous Canadian female content creators.


WarnerMedia launches Canadian talent development program

Deanna Cadette and Melanie Nepinak Hadley have been hired to lead the team, formed under WarnerMedia’s Global Access Programs initiative.


Pier 21 Films bolsters development team, slate

The Toronto prodco behind The Beaverton has hired former CBC exec Karen Tsang as VP of development to work with Bill Lundy on its growing comedy slate.

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Ontario Creates unveils sustainability initiative for film production

Ontario Green Screen aims to empower the motion picture industry with the tools, education and resources needed to incorporate best practices and is co-chaired by Justin Cutler and Marcia Douglas.


MIPCOM shifts to fully online-only event

The event has now pivoted to a fully virtual experience with three components, while the BBC Studios Showcase is also moving online only for its 45th edition.


BANFF exec director Jenn Kuzmyk appointed Playback publisher

In the expanded role, Kuzmyk will oversee the Canadian industry publication as it grows its remit and launches new offerings.


WIFTV names Grace Chin interim managing director

The former festival director of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival takes over from Carolyn Combs, who departed the organization after eight years.


Thunderbird to boost content pipeline with Atomic promotion

Joel Bradley will lead Atomic’s studios in Vancouver, L.A. and Ottawa, while Thunderbird promotes Colin Beadle to VP, human resources.

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Michelle Abbott named CFO at Boat Rocker

The appointment comes 15 months after Abbott assumed the post on an interim basis following the departure of Shannon Valliant.

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BCE revenue plummets; media hit hardest, down 31%

Ad revenue for media was down across the board, from TV and radio to digital and OOH.

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In brief: CBC unveils dates for Canada/U.K. copro Enslaved

The docuseries led by Samuel L. Jackson is set to debut on the pubcaster this October, plus TLN welcomes a new member to its team.