MIPCOM ’21: Canadians will have a stripped-back presence in Cannes

None of the 100-plus Canadian companies are among confirmed exhibitors, and more than one in three attendees are virtually attending the TV sales event in Cannes next week.

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Boat Rocker inks first-look deal with siblings

Multi-hyphenates Shamier Anderson and Stephan James have signed on to develop original TV projects under their Bay Mills Studios banner for Boat Rocker.

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How would an IATSE strike impact Canada?

A near-unanimous strike authorize vote from IATSE International could put U.S. productions on ice, resulting in short and long-term effects for Canadian producers.


How HBO Max boarded CBC’s buzzy comedy Sort Of

The series’ co-creators and executive producer discuss the making of the show and its global interest ahead of its premiere on CBC Gem.


In brief: NFT film auction raises more than $93,000

Plus: The NFB unveils a new interactive installation in Dubai, the ROM hosts a special world premiere for a film honouring Alanis Obomsawin, and more.


EXCLUSIVE: Canadian Academy adds new board member

Cineplex’s Thomas Santram is elevated to vice chair, Scott Henderson takes on secretary role, and Bell Media VP Justin Stockman is added to the board of directors.


Sinking Ship inks raft of pre-MIPCOM distribution deals

The kids prodco and multi-Emmy award winner unveiled sales to over 70 international and Canadian buyers as it plans to attend MIPCOM and MIPCOM Junior virtually next month.


APTN clears Indigenous aviation docuseries for takeoff

Filming has begun on Northern Air Rescue, which follows female First Nation medevac pilots across the province of Manitoba and will land in APTN’s fall 2022 schedule.


Deals: eOne, NFB, Radio-Canada

Entertainment One marks its first Spanish-language acquisition, the NFB acquires Reel Injun ahead of museum exhibit debut, and more.


CTV Comedy orders scripted original from Tina Keeper’s Kistikan Pictures

Acting Good stars co-creator Paul Rabliauskas, with fellow creators Amber-Sekowan Daniels, Eric Toth and Pat Thornton set to co-showrun.

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Canadian Indigenous stories on the global stage

VIDEO: Indigenous filmmakers Loretta Todd, Jeff Barnaby, JJ Neepin and Shane Belcourt discuss how the markets are responding to their work in this replay from BANFF ’21.


How Canada’s broadcasters are honouring truth and reconciliation

Producers and programmers discuss pulling together projects such as the multi-network special National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in time for Sept. 30.