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Production permitted to continue through Ontario’s ‘emergency brake’

While the majority of film and TV projects won’t be unaffected by the new order, theatres have once again been forced to temporarily close across the province.

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Deals: Oscilloscope, Media Ranch, Gusto

Oscilloscope Laboratories nabs the U.S. rights to No Ordinary Man and Les Notres, while Media Ranch renews its partnership with DR.

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WGC president Dennis Heaton resigns

Heaton’s decision to step down has prompted a shuffle, with Alex Levine appointed as president and Marsha Greene as VP.

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CMF sets new program, envelope changes for 2021/22 to support racial equity

The funder has emphasized “flexibility, predictability and continuity” with an increased annual budget of $364 million for fiscal 2021/22 as pandemic-related measures largely remain in play.

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Love Nature lands on Spanish-language U.S. streamer PrendeTV

In recent months, Blue Ant has put its foot to the floor on its strategy to integrate its channel offerings within AVOD platforms.

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Canadian distributors gear up for virtual MIPTV

Blue Ant International, And Now Global and CBC/Radio-Canada have unveiled refocused sales slates ahead of the television market.

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In brief: Bron, 21 Laps team on Splendid Solution

Plus, the projects set for Annecy and WIFT Toronto’s Showcase, and Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) is attached to direct a My Precious Pictures feature.

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Youth-targeting Reel Opportunities connects with future film, TV workers

How Reel Canada is using its national infrastructure to help recruit a new, more diverse generation to work in Canada’s screen-based industry.

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Bell’s French-language platform Noovo goes live

The new digital hub for French-language content is at the heart of the company’s expansion strategy.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for March 23 to 29, 2021

Disney+’s WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and The Mandalorian claim the top three spots on the Digital Original list, while Letterkenny comes in at #9.

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Torstar acquires rights for Cineplex Magazine

The deal will see the publication distributed in theatres and rebranded to Star Cineplex, managed by Torstar in partnership with the national exhibitor.

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Telefilm launches weekly Canadian film series with Apple

Canadian Movie of the Week will allow consumers to rent a featured Canadian film for $0.99 until July 5, starting with Aisling Chin-Yee’s The Rest of Us.

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Boat Rocker posts yearly revenue of $226.8M in first public filing

Growth in its kids business partially offset declines in its TV and representation segments in a pandemic-disrupted 2020, with the company saying it is now in a positive cash position “in excess of $100 million” following its IPO.

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BANFF reveals ‘In Conversation With’ Kevin Feige, Kari Skogland

Marvel’s Feige and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier director will take part in an exclusive conversation at the festival.