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Alberta Film presents united front to attract major film, TV projects

Canadian Locations Showcase: Alberta commissioners detail how the province’s enhanced financial incentives seek to draw more big-budget productions like Ghostbusters: Afterlife to the region.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 8 to 14, 2021

The Toronto-shot Star Trek: Discovery makes the digital originals list, led by perennial favourites Stranger Things and The Mandalorian.

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Toronto production volume soaring amid studio builds

The City of Toronto projects a record production volume for 2021 amid studio builds, including $250 million state-of-the-art media hub.

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Canadian Geographic docuseries, film to centre on Indigenous environmental leadership

Dene filmmaker Amos Scot will develop the project with the community following a new partnership between the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Indigenous Leadership Initiative.

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Entertainment One takes significant interest in Trivial Pursuit

Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: TNG star LeVar Burton will host the series based on the Canadian-created board game.

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Network Entertainment, Universal Music, CBC team for Anne Murray doc

The film will screen as a one-night theatrical event at 50 select Cineplex theatres across Canada ahead of its broadcast and streaming premiere on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

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Joe Natale out as Rogers president and CEO

Former CFO Tony Staffieri will hold the role in the interim and is being considered to take the helm permanently.

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BBC gets in the groove with Pillango project

The unscripted kids show from Toronto-based Sarah Haasz and TVOKids will premiere on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer in early 2022.

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CBC sets carbon footprint for original productions

The new directive for Canadian English-language productions over $400,000 takes effect Jan. 3, 2022.

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Beach House acquires majority stake in Momo Film

The deal allows the Blue Ant Media-owned company to expand its scripted content production capabilities in Singapore.

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5’7 Films’ heist thriller underway after real-life theft

Vandits stars Jann Arden, Enrico Colantoni and Trailer Park Boys star Robb Wells.

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

The Good Doctor leads, followed by CSI: Vegas and Survivor.

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Attraction draws Ian Whitehead to team

The award-winning producer will join the Montreal-based prodco and distributor as VP of English scripted content in the new year.

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Red Arrow Studios sells Gravitas to Anthem

The Toronto-based company headed by longtime Canwest TV executive Leonard Asper is gaining a 3,000-title content library to fuel a FAST channel.

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Bron recruits for new role leading non-scripted development

Former Amazon Studios executive Josh Miller is tasked with managing and expanding the film and TV slate.

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Sepia Films, Connect3 partner on Canada/Mexico copro

Katherine McNamara (pictured) stars in the thriller, which goes to camera this month in Cancun and Montreal.