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In brief: Option news from Apartment 11, Mad Samurai

Plus, The Bell Fund’s Slate Development recipients and copro Night of the Kings makes the International Feature Film short list.

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How 21 Black Futures merged the stage and screen

21 Black Futures producer and Obsidian Theatre artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu shares how the hybrid theatre and film model struggles to become financially sustainable.

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Carousel, Sugar Shack underway on more First Person

The second season of adaptations sees directors Jessie Gabe, Renuka Jeyapalan and Joyce Wong involved again.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Feb. 2 to 8, 2021

WandaVision leads the Digital Originals list, followed by The Mandalorian and Cobra Kai.


Netflix to make a ‘new home’ in Canada

In a blog post, Ted Sarandos said the streamer wants to open an office and hire a dedicated content executive “to work directly with the Canadian creative community.”

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Memory Box, French Exit among Berlinale 2021 selections

Memory Box from directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will make its world debut as part of the festival’s Competition section, while French Exit is in the Berlinale Special category.


Canadian projects compete at SXSW

In competition at the virtual festival is Martin Edralin’s narrative feature Islands, Jennifer Holness’ doc Subjects of Desire and CBC Gem series For the Record.

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Jennifer Holness wins Indiescreen Established Producer prize

Nemesis Films’ Dominique Dussault (pictured right) also walked away with the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.

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Heritage extends insurance relief, doubles envelope

Updated: Telefilm has set the opening date for the $100 million short-term compensation fund, announced by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday.


Transplant underway in Montreal

The hit drama’s second season will consist of 13 episodes.

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ISO delivers $3.8 million in development grants

The grants were provided through the Indigenous Development Program and the Solidarity Fund, run in partnership with REMC and BIPOC TV & Film.

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The Canadians set for Berlinale

Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders, Denis Cote’s 13th feature film and Igor Drljaca’s latest are among the projects selected to make their world debuts.


Entertainment One reducing film, TV teams by 10%

The layoffs were revealed by an internal memo from Steve Bertram, president, film and television, and impact teams in “several territories.”

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 25 to 31, 2021

Private Eyes lands at #21, meanwhile Murdoch Mysteries comes in at #24.

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Baroness, Murdoch among ACTRA Toronto ensemble nominees

Voice talent from Doomsday Brothers also earned recognition, securing a total of three nods.