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9 Story bolsters exec ranks with four new appointments

The kids-focused producer and distributor has added executive firepower across its distribution, development, legal and technology teams.

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Beans, Inconvenient Indian win audience awards at VIFF

Tracey Deer’s feature-length drama Beans (pictured) also won Best Canadian Film at the festival, which ran from Sept. 24 to Oct. 7.

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BBTV plots next phase of growth; files prospectus for IPO

The Vancouver-based company is looking to raise $172 million through an initial public offering.

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Canadian copros see recent box office success amidst global theatrical woes

Possessor and The Broken Hearts Gallery have both cracked the North American top 10 in their fall debuts, along with positive reviews from critics.

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BYUtv greenlights interconnected sitcoms from marblemedia

The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker feature members of a bi-racial blended family, created by Beachwood Canyon’s Frank van Keeken with Anthony Q. Farrell (pictured) as showrunner and EP.

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MIPCOM deals: Cineflix Rights, Guru, ComediHa!, Open Door

Wynonna Earp sells across Europe, Guru Studio inks broadcast deals for two preschool series, plus more deals as MIPCOM Online+ gets underway.

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Cineplex responds to temporary cinema closures in Ontario

Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob says there has been no evidence of COVID-19 spread at its theatres as the province temporarily shutters cinemas in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.

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CBC, APTN to air special on residential school survivors

The 90-minute special is produced by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in collaboration with Insight Productions as part of Orange Shirt Day.

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Fortunate Son, Jann pick up Rosie Awards

The 2020 Alberta Film and Television Awards also saw Best Dramatic Feature go to El Chicano and Tribal earn best production reflecting cultural diversity.

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Deals: eOne, levelFILM, NFB, Nelvana

eOne takes over content distribution for My Little Pony: Pony Life with global sales, while levelFILM and Gravitas Ventures acquire Canadian titles and Nelvana brings its animated content to Vuulr.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2020

The Boys top the Digital Original list again, while Schitt’s Creek comes in at #5 on the Overall TV Show chart.

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WIFTV rejigs genre program From Our Dark Side

Now focused on supporting completed feature-length screenplays with a creative team in place, former Frontieres leader Lindsay Peters serves as From Our Dark Side’s director and project mentor.

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Vortex, A71 realign operations under Vortex Media banner

The rebrand and realignment comes during a period of rapid change and expansion for the film-focused entity.

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Shirley Cheechoo named Reelworld’s Visionary Award recipient

The influential Cree filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist was also recently chosen to join the CFC board.

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CBC to eliminate 130 positions by end of 2020

The labour downsize is due to rising costs and reduced advertising and subscription revenue, according to Barbara Williams in a note to staff.