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CMF-administered Phase 2 funding topped up to $19 million

An additional $7 million has been added to the $12 million announced in July, with the application window opening Sept. 21.

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Guilbeault holds cards close to chest in town hall

The Heritage minister said the federal government will prioritize digital taxation when it tables new legislation, and suggested a second tranche of support could be forthcoming for the entertainment sector.

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Trickster acquired by U.K.’s Sky among raft of int’l deals

Broadcasters in Australia, Brazil and Russia have also picked up the Indigenous-led drama, which had its world premiere at TIFF yesterday.

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WarnerMedia launches Canadian talent development program

Deanna Cadette and Melanie Nepinak Hadley have been hired to lead the team, formed under WarnerMedia’s Global Access Programs initiative.

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Coroner rolls in T.O.

Season three of the drama series from Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios sees Gloria Ui Young Kim and Charles Officer among its directors.

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Coalition of industry leaders propose new fund for BPOC creators

Under a proposal submitted to Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Independent Screen Fund has requested $10 million annually over five years to support BPOC (Black and People of Colour) creators.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2020

Transplant makes the list at #19, while Big Brother comes in at #2, #4 and #6.

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Pier 21 Films bolsters development team, slate

The Toronto prodco behind The Beaverton has hired former CBC exec Karen Tsang as VP of development to work with Bill Lundy on its growing comedy slate.

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EXCLUSIVE: Stardust set to rock Inside Out opening

The Canada-U.K. copro from director Gabriel Range will kick off the festival, screening as a drive-in presentation.

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Ontario Creates unveils sustainability initiative for film production

Ontario Green Screen aims to empower the motion picture industry with the tools, education and resources needed to incorporate best practices and is co-chaired by Justin Cutler and Marcia Douglas.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Sept. 4 to 10, 2020

The New Mutants leads, while Mon cirque a moi and Les Rose make the list.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Sept. 4 to 10, 2020

Mon cirque a moi claims the #1 spot, followed by Les Rose and Target Number One at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Blue Ant Media elevates Jamie Schouela to president, global channels and media

The Toronto-headquartered company has also promoted Love Nature EVP Carlyn Staudt to global general manager.

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Schitt’s Creek takes top comedy prize in TCA awards

Atomic Cartoon’s Molly of Denali also earned a prize at the annual Television Critics Association’s awards program, which comes less than a week ahead of the Emmys.

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TIFF ’20: The price of Violation’s gritty realism

Multi-hyphenates Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli share the journey of bringing Violation from its Talent to Watch beginnings to its world premiere at TIFF.