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Shaftesbury, LaRue projects among Development Packaging picks

Of the 164 projects submitted for the IPF and CMF program, 13 English-language and seven French-language short-form scripted series made the cut.

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Fuse boxes up Ming’s Dynasty

The digital series from creators Calwyn Shurgold, Antony Hall and Julian De Zotti will make its U.S. linear debut next month.

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In brief: Schitt’s Creek kicks off 2020 with new nominations

Plus: Toronto goes punk rock with a new webseries in production this month and HGTV invests into the Property Brothers’ business.

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Youngster teams with SickKids in debut collaboration

The Insight Productions-owned digital prodco has created a series of videos with paediatric experts on common issues concerning modern parenting.

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Kin renews New Mom, Who Dis? for its sophomore season

The lifestyle series premieres Oct. 9 on Facebook Watch, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau serving as the first guest of season two.

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Terreur 404, Farm Crime among T.O. WebFest winners

The documentary series from Big Cedar Films won best Canadian series and best lifestyle series at the digital festival, while Detention Adventure picked up a trio of prizes.

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IPF supports 12 web drama series projects

Kristal Clear, Le Killing, Avocado Toast and For Heaven’s Sake were among the series selected.

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In brief: Running with Violet returns for season two

Plus: CMF adds former Bell Canada and Shaw Communications execs to its board of directors and Australia’s SBS Food acquires more Gusto content.

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Telefilm, Talent Fund lift lid on 2019/20 Talent to Watch

This year’s program will support a total of 31 English- and French- language projects, made up of 28 feature films and three web formats.

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In brief: David Sparrow to serve second term at ACTRA National

Plus: T.O. WebFest unveils lineup of 49 Canadian series, CMF reveals Ireland incentive funds for 2019 and Super Channel expands Dan Rudolph’s remit.

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Mena Massoud’s rise to fame fuels indie short curiosity

Before he starred in Aladdin, the Markham-born actor was cast in a Canadian short film and now its producers are reckoning with his unexpected success story.

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Shaftesbury gels with got2b on new branded series

The prodco is teaming with the hair colour and styling brand on a short-form digital series set in the world of electronic dance music.