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WFW: New backlot in Pickering, Ontario offers a versatile and economical shooting location

Canadian Locations Showcase: The 90-acre plot features a modern-day small town set that can be converted into any setting you need.

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Netflix to acquire Scanline VFX

The VFX studio has approximately 600 employees in Canada between its Vancouver and Montreal studios.

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Blink Studios adds to creative team

Former Sphere Media colleagues Carolyn Newman and Virginia Rankin join forces again at the full-service content studio backed by Endeavor Content.

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Oya Media Group celebrated for entrepreneurship, paying it forward

The founders focus on lifting up other Black-owned businesses while looking for partners to grow their own award-winning prodco.

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Deals: Bron, Creepy Bits, WildBrain, Sinking Ship

AMC+ acquires That Dirty Black Bag while Bloody Disgusting TV gets Creepy Bits, plus more.

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CMF’s chief strategy officer departs

Kelly Wilhelm became CMF’s first chief strategy officer in 2019 to help guide the organization into the future.

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Great Pacific Media signs Peyton to docuseries

No timetable has been set, but the San Andreas director will work with renowned U.S. scientist Michio Kaku, who brings her expertise to narrate and consult on the series.

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In brief: Eight directors chosen for WIDC Story & Leadership Program

Plus: YMA Andra Sheffer Scholarship names winner, Circus expands into the U.S., and Karen McClellan is Pacific Screenwriting Program’s showrunner-in-residence

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Behind Undisputed Pictures’ Canadian strategy

Co-founder Joel Reilly shares how the company is looking at Canada as more than just a service hub.

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Cameras roll on Letterkenny spinoff, Shoresy

Production on Crave’s small-town hoser comedy is underway in Sudbury, Ont., in association with New Metric Media, WildBrain and Play Fun Games.

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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.