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9 Story Media’s Dylan gets the greenlight

The CBC original series will also debut on Cartoon Network and HBO Max this fall as part of the Cartoonito preschool programming block.

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Neshama looks back on one year of production post-shutdown

The Toronto prodco has completed 24 films since restarting in July 2020, including Avi Federgreen’s feature directorial debut with the thriller Lethal Love.

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Disney renews Boat Rocker’s Dino Ranch

Following strong ratings on Disney Junior and CBC, the preschool animated series will also move to Disney+.

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CBC to honour Terry Fox’s legacy with one-hour special

Produced by Insight Productions, the special will feature musical performances and tributes to the late Fox from Canadian celebrities and public figures.

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More film projects set up in Prince George, B.C.

Kate Kroll will direct the psychological horror Within the Grip, produced by Black Moon Media and Barker Street Cinema.

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Big Time Decent puts Priscilla Presley-fronted series on menu

The Vancouver-based prodco is teaming with BroadbandTV and Hyperdrive Entertainment to bring the unscripted food series to screen.

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Deals: Raven Banner, Epic Story Media, D360

Raven Banner Entertainment partners with Shout! Studios for horror reimagining Slumber Party Massacre.

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The films that blockchain (may) build

Decentralized film financing platform Mogul Productions unveils top three projects competing for funding in its first-ever blockchain movie vote.

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UPtv, Super Channel acquire Breakthrough, Vast Entertainment holiday films

The three original holiday romances will head to TV screens later this year as the prodcos continue their strategic partnership with a new content model.

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Telefilm invests $12M to 29 French- and English-language features

The latest round of funding for lower budget features includes projects from Hubert Davis, Kathleen Hepburn, Fab Filippo, Reem Morsi, Vanessa Matsui and Deragh Campbell.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for July 13 to 19, 2021

Loki continues to reign over both demand lists, with Toronto-shot series The Handmaid’s Tale and The Boys holding their spots for digital originals.

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Podcast networks tackle discoverability challenges

Networks across the podcasting space are seeing an influx of new business from advertisers and brands, but discoverability remains the key challenge amid a sea of more than two million podcasts.

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MIPCOM 2021 to consolidate with MIPJunior, feature streamlined exhibition

Both Telefilm Canada and SODEC will host pavilions at the Cannes market and are now accepting applications for Canadian prodcos and distributors.

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Telefilm Canada reaches gender parity for projects funded in 2020/21

While the funder hit new highs in its work toward gender equity, executive director Christa Dickenson says there is “still a great deal of work to be done” for racialized filmmakers.

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TIFF unrolls red carpet for 2021 Tribute Awards

The festival has named acclaimed Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve as the first honourees for the 2021 awards.