Reeyaz Habib’s Fat Lady Sriracha begins production

Habib directs and wrote the feature, which is produced by Shachi Sharma and Jaskaran Singh.

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Hot Sheet: Stranger Things, Game of Thrones maintain demand leads

Netflix’s Stranger Things returned to the top of the digital originals chart while Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon stayed at No. 1 and 2, respectively, overall for the week of Sept. 19 to 25.

Stellar Creative Lab opens Toronto CG animation studio

The Vancouver-based company’s new location will be led by line producer Tracy Grant.

Sinking Ship partners with Samantha Bee

Allana Harkin is the creator behind this sketch comedy show for kids, a first for Sinking Ship, which will put children in all of the lead roles.

In Brief: Gary Farmer to get imagineNATIVE honour

Plus: About Anthony wraps its Quebec City shoot and gears up for MIPCOM, WIFF receives $500,000 from the government of Canada, and more.

Ontario screenwriter wins U.S. Academy fellowship

Jennifer Archer is among the winners of the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

U.S. court holds up stay of Cineplex, Cineworld proceedings

The theatre chains were scheduled for an appeals hearing next month, which have now been cancelled due to Cineworld’s decision to file for bankruptcy.

Prime Video orders Mr. Dressup doc for 2023 release

The doc on the life and legacy of Ernie Coombs is produced by Toronto’s marblemedia in association with CBC, Hawkeye Pictures and Pyre Productions.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Adrian Wallace

Known for titles such as Courtside and Hip Hop My House, the filmmaker is on a mission to inspire the next generation of Black Canadians.

Sort Of among MIPCOM Cannes Diversify TV nominees

Radio-Canada’s Pour toi Flora and Quebecor/Club Illico’s Audrey’s Back are among the other Canadian contenders for next month’s awards.

Blue Ant International sets largest MIPCOM lineup to date

The slate includes new documentaries on King Charles III and Canadian factual and scripted titles such as Loons: A Cry From the Mist and Baroness von Sketch Show.

Whistler Film Festival announces initial Canadian titles for lineup

Jason James’ Exile will have its world premiere at the festival, with another five films from B.C. directors unveiled.

TSN picks up Serendipity Media doc Camp of Dreams

The Bell Media channel will air the doc, about Indigenous Canadian NHL player Ethan Bear’s annual hockey camp, on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Cineplex reportedly in talks for Regal Entertainment merger

Cineplex has approached parentco Cineworld’s lenders on a deal to merge the two companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Media Ranch sells international formats to U.S. prodcos

The Montreal-headquartered company has also secured additional seasons for formats sold to European broadcasters.