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Canadian Academy opens equity and inclusion fund

The fund will help support initiatives such as membership subsidies and reduced entry fees to cut industry barriers and introduce anti-racism training.

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Funny Boy to make exclusive broadcast, streaming world premiere on CBC

The upcoming feature film co-written by Deepa Mehta and author Shyam Selvadurai will debut on the pubcaster this December.

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CMPA Prime Time going virtual for 2021 edition

Renamed as Prime Time Online for the upcoming iteration, the virtual event will span two weeks and kicks off Jan. 28.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Oct. 16 to 22, 2020

Honest Thief leads, while The War with Grandpa comes in at #2 and Possessor Uncut lands at #9.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Oct. 16 to 22, 2020

Possessor Uncut comes out on top, followed by Percy at #2 and Monkey Beach at #3.

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Schitt’s, Heartland, Transplant earn DGC directorial prizes

The first two nights of the virtual awards saw Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy and Andrew Cividino pick up Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series, while Megan Follows and Holly Dale secured wins.

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Deals: Blue Ant, Nelvana, Sinking Ship

Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks’ joint venture Love Nature is launching as a linear channel in the Nordic Region, plus more.

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BANFF Spark launches COVID recovery intensive

Through the government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the accelerator will offer its 100 recipients additional programming, training and resources to address business challenges associated with the pandemic.

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Gave Lindo to lead TikTok’s Canadian content strategy

The former CBC exec will lead the social media platform’s strategy and operations in Canada, and pilot a team dedicated to increasing its Canadian user base and engagement.

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Love Island set for French-Canadian remake through Quebecor Content

Productions Deferlantes is producing the format adaptation, which will shoot in the Canary Islands.

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Cineplex to bring Monkey Beach to theatres across Canada

The supernatural film, produced and directed by Loretta Todd, opens in additional B.C. locations today and will release in cities across Canada on Oct. 30.

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In brief: Cronenberg’s Possessor Uncut picks up prizes

The feature walked away with two honours from the Sitges Festival, while the fourth iteration of the Five in Focus focuses on Indigenous talent and NSI promotes Ursula Lawson.

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CRTC orders Bell to pay $17.9M to production funders after spending misallocation

The CRTC says Bell used its community programming money to cross-promote commercial properties as well as fund its local news stations and independent producer fees.

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How Karma’s World landed a Netflix deal

VIDEO: 9 Story Media principal Vince Commisso on how the long-gestating show, created by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, landed a deal with the streaming giant, and how 9 Story’s various international hubs are collaborating to bring the series to life.

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B.C. production industry set new record with $4.1B spend in 2019

The Vancouver Economy Report October 2020 called the number an historic first and said that “the industry has re-mobilized and is busier than ever, with over 60 projects now in some stage of production.”