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How REALLIFE Pictures brings diverse Canadian voices to the global market

The boutique literary agency and prodco has leveraged its industry experience to maximize opportunities for marginalized voices to sell their work.

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In brief: Akilla’s Escape, Queen of the Andes earn prizes at VFF

Plus, the recipients for WIFTV’s From Our Dark Side and BIPOC TV & Film’s Black + Indigenous Drama Writers Intensive.

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Netflix acquires worldwide rights to Ricardo Trogi’s latest

French-language dramedy Le Guide de la famille parfaite will launch globally on Netflix at the same time as its Canadian theatrical release through Les Films Opale.

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WarnerMedia greenlights 9 Story’s Ladybird Lu

The preschool series was commissioned for Cartoon Network and HBO Max, with 9 Story handling global distribution and retaining global merchandising rights.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Feb. 1 to 7, 2021

Murdoch Mysteries comes in at #19, while Holmes Family Effect lands at #23 and Private Eyes make the list at #25.

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Former Sinking Ship, Nelvana exec Lynn Chadwick joins Huminah Huminah

Chadwick joins the Nova Scotia-based prodco as VP of content and sales.

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Deals: FilmRise, Reel One sign distribution agreement

Beyond Rights also secures sales for Extreme Ice Machines and sells titles to Blue Ant Media, plus more.

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Big Brother Canada season nine confirmed for March kickoff

After the eighth installment was cut short due to the onset of the pandemic last March, the Insight Productions series goes live again on March 3.

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Peacock Alley names Mary Anne Waterhouse as EVP of content production

The prolific producer will lead Peacock Alley Entertainment’s content production team as it expands its development slate for coproductions and features.

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Primitive Entertainment to coproduce body-focused docuseries

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has boarded worldwide sales rights, excluding Canada, for the docuseries, which will have its Canadian premiere on Crave.

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EXCLUSIVE: Wapanatahk Media launches in partnership with GPM

The B.C.-based prodco is founded and co-owned by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, with its first production set to roll in the spring.

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Deals: MK2|Mile End, Media Ranch, Cineflix Rights

MK2|Mile End acquires Sundance title Pleasure, while Media Ranch unveils several format options and Cineflix Rights picks up four new factual series.

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Boat Rocker files for IPO on TSX, projects boom year

The media company said it plans to use proceeds from the proposed IPO to secure and develop IP, repay debt and fund strategic investments and growth plans.

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Hot Sheet: Top films for Feb. 5 to 11, 2021

The Croods: A New Age, Promising Young Woman and News of the World continue their hold on the top three.

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Cineplex anticipates growth in 2021 following steep revenue decline

The company’s overall revenue in 2020 fell 74.9%, but CEO Ellis Jacob says the company is “well-positioned” for “inevitable resurgence”.