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Chateau Laurier returns for sophomore season

Like the first, the digital drama’s second season is also garnering significant online traction, with a TikTok video from cast members racking up 8.3 million likes.

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Feature doc on 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey series in the works

Canadian Heritage has agreed to help finance the film, produced by Toronto’s White Pine Pictures and Montreal’s Adobe Productions International.

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Good Witch to end with seventh season

The Hallmark Channel series, produced by Toronto’s Whizbang Films, will air its final episode on July 25.

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Ontario cinemas to open at 50% capacity next week

The Ontario government will partially lift its restrictions on Ontario’s movie theatres on July 16 as part of its reopening strategy.

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Following 2020 shutdowns, Ottawa production rebounding rapidly in 2021

The capital city’s live-action film and TV sector is on course for a record-breaking year, according to data for the first half of 2021.

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Warrior Nun, Funny Boy among Leo Awards winners

Elsewhere filmmaker Jessie Anthony won awards for best direction and best screenwriting in a motion picture for her debut feature Brother, I Cry.

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CaribbeanTales unveils 50% Caribbean-Canadian content for 2021 festival

Canadian documentary Becoming a Queen, directed by Chris Strikes, is set to open the 16th edition of the festival on Sept. 8.

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Global producers offer advice on distribution and copro models

BANFF ’21: Production and distribution experts share how finding the right home for content and doing your homework on international incentives will help seal the deal.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for June 29 to July 5, 2021

Disney+ series Loki and The Mandalorian lead the Digital Originals list, while PAW Patrol remains in the overall list.

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Zombie comedy Brain Freeze secures U.S. distribution

The film from writer-director Julien Knafo is set to open Fantasia International Film Festival in August.

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Audio opportunities: Prodcos hear the sound of new revenue streams

In part one of Playback‘s special Podcast Report, we catch up with production companies exploring the podcasting space, incubating IP, earning commissions for original podcast series and figuring out revenue models.

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Media Headquarters makes exec promotion, c-suite hire

The unscripted prodco has upped Melanie Brobyn and added a CFO as it wraps production on Salvage Kings season two and makes further inroads with its Smartest Person format.

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QFTC names veteran Quebecor exec as new president and CEO

International acquisitions VP Christine Maestracci will take over from outgoing CEO Pierre Moreau, who departs the post on Sept. 1.

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Workin’ Moms, Faith Heist lead DGC Award’s TV nominees

Kim’s Convenience and TV movie I Was Lorena Bobbitt also picked up multiple nominations for the 20th Annual DGC Awards, with winners to be announced in the fall.

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Pluto acquires 650 hours of Blue Ant International content

Projects produced by Nikki Ray Media Agency, Cream Productions and General Purpose Entertainment will head overseas through the multi-territory deal.