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CMPA hires veteran regulatory counsel Alain Strati

Strati becomes the CMPA’s senior VP of industry, policy and general counsel at “a pivotal time in our industry,” says the CMPA.

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Reelworld Emerging 20 Program restructures to focus on screenwriting

The program, kicking off its 21st edition this week, now has two streams — series and features — unfolding over three months.

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Production wraps on Shelley Niro’s Café Daughter

The adaptation of the Kenneth T. Williams play of the same name is produced by Niro, Freddie Films and Circle Blue Entertainment.

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William F. White International expands to U.K. with Movietech deal

Parentco Sunbelt Rentals has acquired the Pinewood Studios-based Movietech Camera Rentals, with WFW’s Trevor Huys tapped to oversee operations.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for April 25 to May 1, 2022

Moon Knight overtakes Our Flag Means Death to lead the digital originals list.

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BANFF Master Class lineup includes The Umbrella Academy, The Lake

Teams from Starstruck, Rutherford Falls and Among the Stars will also speak in Master Class sessions at next month’s Banff World Media Festival.

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OUTtv greenlights four original series

The LGBTQ+ network also named six returning titles, including docuseries Pride and the previously announced Avocado Toast.

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Peanuts Worldwide preps for global growth with international SVP

Lisa Silverman Meyers will oversee international business for Peanuts on the heels of significant consumer products revenue growth at WildBrain.

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Toronto’s Oh Ratface Films among winners at Hot Docs forum

The Canada/U.S. copro about Amazon workers’ efforts to unionize took the CMF-Hot Docs Forum Canadian Pitch Prize.

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WIFT Toronto names new board chairs

The not-for-profit elected the CFC’s Argie Eliopoulos as board chair and named Jenn Kuzmyk as chair of the Foundation for WIFT Toronto, adding five new members to the board and three to the foundation.

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National Screen Institute, Creative Saskatchewan launch crew training program

The two-week intensive for Saskatchewan residents comes as the NSI also unveils a rebrand aimed at showcasing its “commitment to underrepresented storytellers.”

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Writers Guild of Canada names new 2022-2024 council

Among those serving the new two-year term is Alex Levine, who resumes his role as president of the council and has been re-elected as Central Region councillor.

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Amazon Freevee greenlights family-friendly series from Sinking Ship, eOne

Live-action dramedy Beyond Black Beauty and competition series Play-Doh Squished will both air on the AVOD’s free streaming service in 2023.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for April 18 to 24, 2022

Survivor leads ratings for the week, while Big Brother Canada takes three spots in the top 30.

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ACTRA Toronto hires filmmaker Luisa Alvarez Restrepo

The film executive and producer takes on the role of manager of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the Toronto branch of the performers’ union.