eOne appoints Canadian unscripted development VPs

Christine Diakos joins eOne as VP of development to lead the unscripted creative team alongside Scott Boyd, who is promoted to VP of development.

How the industry is building more diverse crews at all levels

While unions look to recruit more Black, Indigenous and people of colour workers, the production community agrees change must start at the top.

Creative BC earmarks $595K for eight B.C.-based projects

The organization has financed its second-round of production funding to feature films and documentaries.

Cineplex rises from the pandemic ashes

The entertainment brand bounces back as consumers return to cinematic and live experiences.

APTN lumi’s experimental programming strategy

Lisa Ducharme, director of online content at APTN, discusses how working with short-form content has allowed the streamer to be innovative.

Bell Media inks co-development deal with Lionsgate

The multi-year agreement will see Lionsgate work with Bell Media on comedy and drama series, as well as handle global distribution, excluding Canada, for select titles.

Blue Ant Studios creates key production, development roles

Aileen Gardner has been appointed head of production, Canada, while Zachary Frank takes on the title of VP, development.

Telefilm plots 18-month course amid leadership shift

The film funder has set three strategic priorities as it plans to “act swiftly” in the ever-changing audiovisual sector.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: J Stevens

The Calgary-born filmmaker is on a hot streak following their recent directorial endeavours with Astrid & Lilly Save the World, and Sort Of.

Sarah Gadon sets plans for feature directorial debut

Gadon will direct and adapt the screenplay for Lullabies for Little Criminals, based on Heather O’Neill’s novel, for Brightlight Pictures.

Corus Entertainment hires Jeff Norton to lead content venture, inks overall deal

Waterside Studios will develop and produce premium scripted IP, starting with a partnership with fellow Corus subsidiary Nelvana for live action youth content.

Cameras roll on True West Films’ first scripted series The Drop

The comedy satire, created by Daniela Pagliarello and Aisha Evelyna, is slated to premiere in 2023 on Narcity as its first scripted acquisition.

BIPOC TV & Film, Bell Media launch Unscripted Producers Lab

The one-week intensive will run from Nov. 21 to 25, followed by mentorship opportunities, and will focus on how to produce unscripted series.

Gary Mundell, Colin Geddes pair up for Tippett Productions

Tippett Canada president Mundell and Ultra 8 Pictures’ Geddes are spearheading the launch of the Canadian-based shingle to produce original content.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: The Amazing Race Canada maintains its lead

The CTV reality competition attracted roughly 1.54 million viewers for the week of Aug. 22 to 28.