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Nikki Ray Media Agency strikes deal for Architect’s shares

Playback Daily has learned the transaction is expected to close within the next few days and will see production on titles like Fire Masters continue.

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J.C. Mills to head up Cineflix Productions

Cineflix Media has appointed the former Glass Entertainment Group executive as president and commercial director, while Charles Tremayne shifts to a new role.

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DATSIT Sphere acquires BGM from Kew Media

The deal marks DATSIT Sphere’s first foray into English-language factual production as BGM follows Frantic Films in the Canadian prodco exit from Kew.

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Five Qs with: Robin Mirsky

The board of directors’ tribute honouree talks how the Rogers Group of Funds has evolved and the decision to open a new envelope with Creative BC.

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Shaftesbury, Company option Burrows’ Birder Murder Mysteries

The first partnership between the two companies, the project is expected to bring together a roster of Canadian and U.K. screenwriters.

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Miramax exec joins Cineflix Rights as head of scripted

The newly created role sees James Durie focus on the distributor’s global strategy for sales, presales, acquisitions and coproductions for its scripted content.

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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.