Alfre Woodard boards CBC’s The Porter

The Emmy-winning actor will executive produce and star in the Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films TV series, which is currently shooting in Winnipeg.

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Telefilm commits $14.2M to 12 French-language films

Dramas from Denis Côté and Philippe Lesage and a comedy from Denys Arcand are among the selected titles.


Hilda wins Daytime Emmy for children’s animated series

The Netflix animated series, co-produced by Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks, picked up two Daytime Emmy awards at the weekend ceremonies.


DGC announces member census

The detailed enumeration allows members to self-identify across a variety of demographics with the goal of inclusion and better representation in the industry.


EXCLUSIVE: 5’7 Films hires four to its exec team

The Toronto prodco has expanded its scope with new development deals as it readies the international release of Faking a Murderer (pictured).


Serendipity Point Films, Beta Film partner on Rise of the Raven

The 10-episode Hungary/Canada copro will bring Hungarian author Bán Mór’s best-selling novels to the screen with pre-production currently underway.


TVA Group reveals $75M project to expand MELS

The Montreal-based company said the additional construction will add 160,000 square feet of studio space as it vies to attract more tentpole movies and mega-budget TV series.


Canadian AVOD, FAST adoption will catch U.S. market within two years

BANFF ’21: Execs from Blue Ant, Tubi and Roku, among others, examined the opportunities in the AVOD and FAST space as audience adoption continues to increase.

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WarnerMedia names inaugural participants of writers program

Writers Jessica Meya, JP Larocque and Ryan Cooper are among the 18 selected participants of the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program.

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Rhombus Media, A24′s The Sympathizer greenlit by HBO

The espionage thriller series, which originated in Canada, will co-star Robert Downey Jr., with Don McKellar serving as co-showrunner and head writer.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for July 6 to 12, 2021

Loki leads both Digital Originals and overall TV demand lists, while Letterkenny breaks into originals at No. 9.

The Podcast Report

Audio-video distinction blurs as broadcasters invest in podcast networks

CBC, Corus and Rogers Sports & Media discuss what’s working in the podcast-to-screen adaptation space, what they have in development, and how podcasting is becoming an established content vertical within broadcast companies.

The Next Normal

BANFF Spark white paper unpacks challenges, opportunities for an industry in flux

The report examines the potential, and importance, of women-owned media companies in the context of global recovery from the economic impact of the pandemic.

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CFC adds E.J. Alon to its executive team

The former Telefilm Canada exec will oversee the Canadian Film Centre’s fundraising strategies and revenue growth.

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Incendo sets up Canada-Australia copro

Queensland-shot treaty coproduction Love and Penguins is produced alongside The Steve Jaggi Company.