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The events (and people) behind ‘Events Transpiring’

Writer/director Ted Stenson and producer Nicola Waugh discuss bringing the high school basketball comedy together, plus what’s next for Kino Sum Productions.

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Vancouver-shot series resume production following delays over COVID-19 tests

Riverdale, Maid and Batwoman got back to work yesterday, though questions remain over whether the turnaround time for COVID tests could delay other shows.

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Hot Docs commissions 10 short documentaries as part of Citizen Minutes project

Lisa Jackson and Lauren Grant will serve as creative coproducers on the selected projects, which will premiere at Hot Docs 2021.

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CFC head Slawko Klymkiw to retire next year

The board of directors will begin the process of identifying a new CEO in the coming months, with more information about a succession plan to be shared in early 2021.

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CMF invests $40.6M across 94 audiovisual projects

Two EyeSteelFilm projects picked up support alongside Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power in the Blood and The Grizzly Truth in the English POV Program, plus 13 projects secured support from the Indigenous Program: Production.

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Thunderbird options social media smash series What If

A premium unscripted series based on the IP, which has garnered more than six billion views worldwide, is currently in development between Thunderbird and creative studio Underknown.

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CBC postpones Blades premiere after production team member tests positive for COVID-19

The pubcaster and producer Insight Productions said all training and pre-production has been temporarily halted to ensure the safety of cast and crew.

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Outgoing CMPA chair Scott Garvie reflects on four years of industry upheaval

VIDEO: Garvie, whose four-year term has spanned a number of historic policy decisions and reviews, discusses some of the defining moments of his tenure and looks ahead to what comes next for Canadian producers.

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CTV wraps production on Just For Laughs comedy special

The Stand Up Show With Jon Dore filmed last month at Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre in front of a live, socially distanced audience for its eight-episode second season.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Sept. 21 to 27, 2020

Jann‘s return cracks the list at #17, while The Masked Singer holds the #1 spot.

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Pixomondo to open virtual production studio in Toronto

Construction on the facility, which Pixomondo says will be the ‘largest in the world,’ is set to be completed by the end of the year, with U.S. and Canadian productions already in talks to book space.

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix receives 10,000 submissions for virtual pitch meetings; begins responses today

The streamer is this week starting to notify non-fiction and animation applicants if they have advanced to the next round, with series and indie film submissions expected to take a little longer.

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Banijay to adapt Quebec format 30 Vies in France

Cameras are rolling on a local adaptation of the series made popular by Montreal’s Aetios Productions.

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Go Button gets the go-ahead for The Animal Within

The six-part series signals the Toronto prodco’s first natural history title and commission for Germany’s Autentic.

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Whistler film fest’s Shauna Hardy Mishaw to depart

The founder will temporarily serve as interim development director, while managing director Angela Heck steps in to run day-to-day operations.