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Tim Dowler-Coltman, Brenna Coates to star in freshman feature Burden

Burden is written, directed and produced by Ethan Hickey and marks the young director’s feature film debut.

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Productivity Media, Darius Films roll on The Baker

Underway in the Cayman Islands, the action drama stars Ron Perlman, Harvey Keitel, Elias Koteas, Joel David Moore and Emma Ho.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, April 12 to 18, 2021

Island of Bryan comes in at #13, followed by MasterChef Canada, Big Brother Canada and Kim’s Convenience‘s finale.

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Netflix picks Toronto for Canadian HQ

Toronto mayor John Tory announced the move yesterday (April 27), with Netflix expected to start its search for a local exec in June.

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Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund & TELUS Fund unite for pilot project

Led by Vancouver’s Magnify Digital, the Audience Development Pilot Project aims to share audience insights to increase the discoverability of future Canadian content, and more.

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Mercury Filmworks gets to work on its first feature film

Co-produced with Goodbye Productions, Once Our Land is based on a graphic novel about a 19th-century apocalypse.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for April 16 to 22, 2021

Les Cowboys Fringants: L’Amerique pleure, Big Giant Wave and La deesse des mouches a feu make the top three.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for April 16 to 22, 2021

The Marksman comes in at #1, while Les Cowboys Fringants: L’Amerique pleure and Big Giant Wave also make the list.

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Raja Khanna’s role expands as Dark Slope launches Lumeto

In addition to the launch of the new company, Dark Slope has secured $3 million in new capital through a funding round led by Mars IAF.

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Canadian doc Nike’s Big Bet sells globally ahead of Hot Docs

Directed by Paul Kemp, the doc feature has sold to a number of territories by Abacus Media Rights before its North American premiere.

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Mongrel Media launches SVOD with Magnolia Pictures

The streamer is taking on the likes of Netflix and Crave with a curated collection of indie titles to attract movie buffs, set to launch on April 30.

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Handel, Cornelia Street & Arrow team with Martina Navratilova on tennis doc

The coproduction following Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills’ match sees Navratilova attached to executive produce.

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BCE was in contention to buy Shaw before Rogers deal was finalized

BCE reportedly walked away from a potential deal over fears it was assuming too much regulatory risk, paving the way for Rogers to clinch the $26-billion megadeal.

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A Canadian POV on global digital trends

Media consultancy firm UM Canada’s digital director Dennis Truong explains four forces that could take shape and the implications for media planners and buyers.