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Alberta Film presents united front to attract major film, TV projects

Canadian Locations Showcase: Alberta commissioners detail how the province’s enhanced financial incentives seek to draw more big-budget productions like Ghostbusters: Afterlife to the region.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Rob Michaels

PRESENTED BY CBC: The Iraqi-Canadian writer and creator has been rapidly rising behind the scenes. Now, Michaels is setting his sights on increasing Middle Eastern representation in Canadian TV.

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Canadian pubcasters order Galapagos X

TVOKids, SRC Radio-Canada, Knowledge Kids and TFO have all commissioned Big Bad Boo Studios’ new climate change kids show.

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Netflix takes a slice of Strawberry Shortcake

Berry in the Big City is headed to the SVOD next year, with WildBrain also inking new licensing deals for both the refreshed and classic versions of the brand.

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Corus Entertainment hires first sustainability lead

Sheila Ritson-Bennett will help lead the broadcaster’s environment and sustainability efforts as the screen industry continues its push for greener practices.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Nov. 12 to 18, 2021

Catherine Therrien’s Une révision stays at No. 1, while Paul Tom’s documentary Alone (Seuls), which is self-distributed by prodco Picbois Productions, debuts at No. 4.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Nov. 12 to 18, 2021

Marvel’s Eternals holds the No. 1 spot, followed by Clifford the Big Red Dog and No Time to Die.

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Netflix to acquire Scanline VFX

The VFX studio has approximately 600 employees in Canada between its Vancouver and Montreal studios.

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Blink Studios adds to creative team

Former Sphere Media colleagues Carolyn Newman and Virginia Rankin join forces again at the full-service content studio backed by Endeavor Content.

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Oya Media Group celebrated for entrepreneurship, paying it forward

The founders focus on lifting up other Black-owned businesses while looking for partners to grow their own award-winning prodco.

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Deals: Bron, Creepy Bits, WildBrain, Sinking Ship

AMC+ acquires That Dirty Black Bag while Bloody Disgusting TV gets Creepy Bits, plus more.

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CMF’s chief strategy officer departs

Kelly Wilhelm became CMF’s first chief strategy officer in 2019 to help guide the organization into the future.

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Great Pacific Media signs Peyton to docuseries

No timetable has been set, but the San Andreas director will work with renowned U.S. scientist Michio Kaku, who brings her expertise to narrate and consult on the series.

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In brief: Eight directors chosen for WIDC Story & Leadership Program

Plus: YMA Andra Sheffer Scholarship names winner, Circus expands into the U.S., and Karen McClellan is Pacific Screenwriting Program’s showrunner-in-residence

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Behind Undisputed Pictures’ Canadian strategy

Co-founder Joel Reilly shares how the company is looking at Canada as more than just a service hub.

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Cameras roll on Letterkenny spinoff, Shoresy

Production on Crave’s small-town hoser comedy is underway in Sudbury, Ont., in association with New Metric Media, WildBrain and Play Fun Games.