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David Byrne’s American Utopia to open TIFF 2020

The concert film directed by Spike Lee will have its world premiere on Sept. 10 at the festival, which plans to run with a hybrid model format of virtual and physical screenings.

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Buttignol to continue as Knowledge Network head

The B.C. pubcaster’s board of directors has extended the long-time president and CEO’s contract to October 2024.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for July 10 to 16, 2020

Target Number One leads, followed by 14 Jours, 12 Nuits at #2 and Mafia Inc. at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for July 10 to 16, 2020

Target Number One claims the #1 spot, while Bloodshot comes in at #3 and 14 Jours, 12 Nuits lands at #9.

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Deals: Sinking Ship, WildBrain, eOne

It’s been a hot market for Canadian kids content across the globe as companies ink deals with streamers and broadcasters across multiple continents.

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Toronto producer forms Baobab Film Collective with African prodcos

Launched by Cape Verdean and Canadian filmmaker P.J. Marcellino, the collective will produce African-centred dramas for the global market.

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Cineplex cuts 130 positions

The exhibition company made the layoffs as it contends with ongoing theatre closures and the fallout of its failed takeover by U.K.’s Cineworld Group.

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BRB Pictures wraps Christmas Forgiveness

The production company’s inaugural project sees former Gaumont exec Vanessa Shapiro’s Nicely Entertainment handle worldwide distribution outside of Canada.

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Corus inks multi-year deal for Sky Studios originals

The deal gives Corus additional flexibility as it looks to build out its programming schedule in the back half of the year.

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Telefilm lays out corporate plan for 2020/23

The Partner of Choice road map identifies evolving its funding allocation approach and attracting additional funding and investment as two of the organization’s four priorities.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for July 7 to 13, 2020

Dark leads the Digital Original list, while Doom Patrol comes in at #2 and The Umbrella Academy lands at #4.

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Netflix adds 10M subscribers in Q2, revenue growth in U.S., Canada

The streamer saw continued revenue and subscriber growth in the U.S. and Canada in Q2 as content chief Ted Sarandos is promoted to co-CEO.

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Could Quibi’s struggles be a lesson for incoming SVODs in the market?

Media experts try to pinpoint where the streamer fell short, the possibility of SVOD fatigue and whether there’s still time for it to turn things around.

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In brief: CBC sets special programming in honour of Emancipation Day

Plus: Two Canadians make the 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows program and Super Channel unveils its latest virtual film festival partnership.

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OUTtv acquires The Amazing Gayl Pile for linear, streaming

The LaRue Entertainment-produced comedy will premiere tonight (July 16) on OUTtv in its Canadian linear debut, with three seasons landing on OUTtvGO.