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The exit interview: Andra Sheffer

The outgoing IPF CEO reflects on handing over the reins, how the organization has changed and her hopes for the industry.

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In brief: Canadians hit the festival circuit in 2020

Plus, the CRTC extends Super Channel’s licence, a Canadian showrunner is tapped for the Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, and more.

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Secret Location co-founder launches new AI-focused studio

Agence is the first project to come from Pietro Gagliano’s new company, with the National Film Board of Canada attached to coproduce.

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Telefilm hires Jeremy Spry to lead CMF funding administration

The former DATSIT Sphere exec takes on the Montreal-based role of national director, CMF program administrator on Jan. 8, 2020.

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Sophie Ferron on her Horsepower ambitions

With the participants for the second edition of the incubator recently revealed, the Media Ranch president and executive producer discusses the initiative’s goals.

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In brief: CMPA becomes lead CFC Producers’ Lab sponsor

Plus, Apptopia reports Disney+ has reached 22 million downloads, Quebecor invests in Multicolore and P.E.I.’s Film4Ward program reveals its winners.

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Executive of the Year: Catherine Tait

The CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO discusses how she is building a pubcaster for the future.

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NFB restructures its Creation and Innovation division, cuts five jobs

The organization will bring its digital and interactive studios under its English and French program umbrella to “establish a national vision” for its programming.

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WIDC, CBC Films reveal development award winners

CBC Films, which supports the newly launched award, has also renewed its $35,000 commitment towards the WIDC’s Story & Leadership program.

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In brief: VFF looks to 2020 with new lead programmer

Plus: The Song of Names lands an original score nomination, a Toronto creative design firm brings in an L.A. exec and the NFB boosts its Montreal team.

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PNP rounds out its Toronto office

Former Sony Pictures exec Marisa Friesen has joined the company as director of theatrical and digital sales, while PNP announces two new acquisitions from TIFF.

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Quebecor urges CRTC to deny Bell Media’s V acquisition

The company argued the transaction would consolidate Bell’s position in the Quebec marketplace, citing concerns about advertising and the cost of content.