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Deals: Cineflix Rights, Random Media, Radio-Canada

Cineflix Rights brings Cancon to European and Mediterranean broadcasters, North Bay-shot comedy Happy FKN Sunshine lands global distribution deal, plus more.

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Sinking Ship hires director of sales for Europe

The Toronto-based prodco says Karine Rubin will be responsible for the company’s sales efforts throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Neil Lumsden named Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The newly-elected MPP and former CFL player was sworn in on June 24 and takes over the portfolio from Lisa MacLeod.

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CRTC head talks Bill C-11 before Senate standing committee

Ian Scott spoke of the strengths in the Online Streaming Act and concerns that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has about it.

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Atomic Cartoons boards Netflix animation Oddballs

The Thunderbird Entertainment kids and family division will serve as the animator for Oddballs, set to premiere on the streamer later this year.

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Shaftesbury appoints Liz Levine as senior producer and VP of television

The veteran producer said the Toronto prodco has supported her throughout her career and joining it “feels a lot like coming home.”

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ISO, DGC launch Indigenous director fellowship program

The initiative will place emerging Indigenous directors on episodic productions from pre-production through post.

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DGC BC ratifies tentative agreement with negotiating producers

The Directors Guild of Canada BC District Council says the province “is open for business” once again as the agreement brings an end to the strike.

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Telefilm Canada announces $5.5M in production funding for French-language features

Pascal Plante’s Les chambres rouges and Jean-François Leblanc’s Vil et misérable are among the eight films funded under the Production Program.

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In brief: Canadian feature Labour Day to debut at Cinequest

Plus: WildBrain Spark, Animation Café are producing a Sunny Bunnies spinoff, Netflix’s Toronto office is unaffected by the streamer’s latest layoffs, and more.

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Hot Sheet: Stranger Things still trumps overall TV demand

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ came in second and Prime Video’s The Boys rose on both the digital originals and overall TV charts for the week of June 13 to 19.

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Indigenous Screen Summit delegates gain momentum for projects at BANFF

Dallas Soonias and Jordan Molaro, who were among the 14 Indigenous producers taking part in the Pitch Forum, say they landed leads and potential sales at the summit.

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Former Bell Media exec Tony Leadman joins Weather Channel

Leadman will lead international distribution for the network’s primetime programming and original series.

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Treehouse, BBC order new Spin Master series Vida The Vet

Toronto’s Jam Filled Entertainment is animating the 52 x 11-minute series, which is set to launch in fall 2023.

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Aircraft Pictures makes two key hires for executive team

Irene Ho assumes role as head of finance and operations, while Alan Bacchus is now director of business affairs.