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U.S. financier sues Bron Studios, Creative Wealth Media

Hudson Private LP claims that the companies have failed to repay approximately US$14 million in loans.

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KinoSmith acquired by levelFILM

The Toronto distributor has also formed a multi-year partnership with Blue Ice Docs to manage its content library and collaborate on acquisitions.

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Knowledge Network preps first original kids show

Epic Story Media, Groupe Media TFO and the pubcaster are co-producing Luna, Chip & Inkie Adventure Rangers Go, which will premiere in April 2022.

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Engineer turned filmmaker taps well clean-up issue in doc

Calgary-based Kino Sum leans into director Gillian McKercher’s oil and gas roots for the CBC TV documentary produced in less than six months.

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MIPCOM roundup: Cineflix Rights, Boat Rocker, CBC & Radio-Canada

Canadian prodcos and distributors unveil their scripted, factual and kids content lineups ahead of MIPCOM, running from Oct. 11 to 14.

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Canadian Academy picks creatives for post-production program

The Women in Post program, developed with support from Netflix, will provide mentorship and training opportunities to emerging and mid-level creatives in the post-production industry.

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Sinking Ship teams with U.S. VP for curious project

Get Curious with Vice President Harris launches tomorrow on YouTube Kids to tie into World Space Week.

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Holly Hobbie switches commissioning broadcasters

BYUtv is taking over from Hulu in the U.S. for future episodes, and Disney Channel has picked up the first three seasons of the show stateside.

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WarnerMedia seeking animators for talent development initiative

WarnerMedia Access Canada has partnered with imagineNATIVE on the program to work with Indigenous artists in Canada.

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Photon Films acquires Trevor Mack’s coming-of-age drama

Portraits From a Fire will have its theatrical release in Canada on Nov. 1, following its film festival run.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for Sept. 20 to 26, 2021

The Rookie and Survivor lead, while CBC’s election coverage breaks into the top 10.

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MIPCOM ’21: Canadians will have a stripped-back presence in Cannes

None of the 100-plus Canadian companies are among confirmed exhibitors, and more than one in three attendees are virtually attending the TV sales event in Cannes next week.

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Boat Rocker inks first-look deal with siblings

Multi-hyphenates Shamier Anderson and Stephan James have signed on to develop original TV projects under their Bay Mills Studios banner for Boat Rocker.

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Blue Ant Studios creates new VP position for unscripted development

Casey Kelly served as a consulting development producer with the Blue Ant Media production arm before taking on the role.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Sept. 24 to 30, 2021

Maria Chapdelaine makes the list at No. 6, while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Dear Evan Hansen lead.