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Portfolio’s new focus on film

Following increased demand from SVOD services, the company has set about diversifying its catalogue with family-friendly films, says Donnie MacIntyre.

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Docking among Frontieres forum selections

Terrance Odette’s Brethren and Dara Van Dusen’s A Prayer for the Dying (Canada/Norway) are also among the Canadian projects tapped for the Karlskrona, Sweden event.

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Industry mulls implications of new terms of trade agreement

Following the BTLR panel’s recommendation that terms of trade be reintroduced, producers and broadcasters assessed the potential ramifications at Prime Time.

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No rival buyers in play as Cineplex go-shop period ends

Its closure sets the stage for U.K.-based Cineworld to acquire Cineplex as its shareholders prepare to meet on Feb. 11 to vote on the transaction valued at $2.8 billion.

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Deals: Kew Media, Bell Media, Blue Ant Media

Kew Media Distribution secures sales for titles like Our House Media’s My Paranormal Nightmare, Love Nature expands its reach in Russia, and more.

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Alberta film, TV tax credit increased to 30% for locally-owned projects

The tax credit was announced in the province’s 2019 budget to replace the Screen-Based Production Grant, and initially placed a 22% cap on financing production costs.

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Murmur nabs Slamdance’s narrative feature grand prize

Steve Markle’s Shoot to Marry also won the festival’s Best of Breakouts Audience Award.

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BTLR panelists talk CMF-Telefilm merger, regulating streamers

Janet Yale and Monique Simard also discussed data-gathering from OTTs, as they fleshed out details of the expansive 97-recommendation report at Prime Time.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 21 to 27, 2020

The Mandalorian and The Witcher continue to lead, while new entrant Star Trek: Picard claims the #4 spot.

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In brief: Canadian projects receive $1.1M from CMF copro initiatives

Plus: HGTV Canada unscripted success Island of Bryan returns for season two and DGC donates to AFC’s mental health initiative in Prime Time Challenge.

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CTV greenlights comedy Children Ruin Everything

Modern Family writer Chuck Tatham (pictured) is an executive producer on the half-hour series, which is expected to go into production this spring.

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Sinking Ship, Scott Brothers co-developing animated series

Builder Brothers’ Dream Factory follows the duo as 10-year-olds who try to help solve problems in their neighbourhood by dreaming big.

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In brief: Helga Stephenson, Divya Shahani to co-chair POV

Plus: Hot Docs has launched a new short pitch competition with Al Jazeera and two Canadian docs receive a grant from Sundance Institute.

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Uninterrupted tackles mental health for Bell Let’s Talk

Short-form series Hidden Opponent profiles Canadian athletes on their mental health experiences and will be shared across Bell Media’s social media platforms.

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CFC exec Ana Serrano named president of OCAD University

The digital trailblazer will depart her current position as chief digital officer at the CFC in June to take over as president and vice-chancellor of the university on July 1.