Avi Federgreen and Jen Pogue collaborate on County Blooms

The lifestyle series, directed and produced by Pogue along with Federgreen, is set to air in early 2023 on Bell Fibe TV1.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Tope Babalola

The creative executive at Toronto’s Little Engine Moving Pictures has paved an unconventional career path using his TikTok page, humour, wit, and drive.

Wildling Pictures pairs with directing duo on Suze

Directed and written by Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark, the dramedy feature is now in production in Hamilton, Ont.

CMF kicks off ‘exploration of Canadian content’

The funder says it wants to facilitate industry-wide discussions about the definition of Cancon as Bill C-11 goes through a Senate review.

Examining the future of Telefilm Canada’s Talent Fund

A decade in, Telefilm is looking at “the next iteration” of the fund that supports its Talent to Watch program.

WIFF increases Canadian film prize to $25K

A total of 10 films have been selected to compete for the Windsor International Film Festival prize, which was first established in 2019.

Whizbang Films hires Frank Manzo as CFO

The financing and business affairs expert succeeds outgoing CFO Janina Barrett as she enters retirement.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Kelsey Espensen

The unscripted format expert reveals the secret sauce behind creating the concepts for series such as Race Against the Tide, A Cut Above and Best in Miniature.

Black Ice, Alice, Darling, Brother producers team up on The Count

Elevation Pictures, Conquering Lion Pictures and The Good Karma Company plan to “fast track” the crime drama series for buyers this fall.

ACTRA, DGC raise artist protection concerns in Bill C-11 to Senate committee

ACTRA National and Directors Guild of Canada executives appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: The Lord of the Rings prequel debuts on top 10 charts

Netflix’s Stranger Things continues to conquer the digital originals chart, while HBO’s Game of Thrones tops the overall TV list for the week of Sept. 5 to 11.

Deals: Blue Ant Media, Nish Media, Amérique Film, ATN

Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature debuts in Poland, Quebec’s Nish Media and Amérique Film sign coproduction deal with Scotland’s Makar Productions, and more.

In Brief: Content Catalyst Fund rebrands as Catalyst with new hire

Plus: Indigenous filmmakers are making strides with genre films, the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma reveals participants for Nouveau Marché, and more.

Paramount+ Canada hires Tom Hastings as head of original programming

Hastings is one of several former Bell Media execs now at the streamer, including Katrina Kowalski, VP of content for Paramount+ and Pluto TV Canada.

Incendo, Tubi on track for more collaborations after Terror Train

The companies explain their strategies as they partner on two more horror films, while also developing comedies.