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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for April 22 to 28, 2022

Maxime Giroux’s Norbourg debuts at No. 1, earning more than $300,000 in its opening week, followed by All My Puny Sorrows.

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Quebecor Content promotes Louis Pearson to lead content acquisition

As senior director, acquisition and original film, Pearson will lead the company’s content acquisition team in addition to his remit to develop its feature film slate.

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Keith Lock to receive Reel Asian’s first-ever Fire Horse Award

Actor Sandra Oh has committed a total of $50,000 to the annual honour for Asian Canadian individuals in film and media arts.

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MELS hires Geneviève Brodeur to studio operations role

The newly hired VP, studios and business development joins the TVA Group-owned company following the opening of a new soundstage for virtual production.

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Saskatchewan ups production grant cap to $5M, adds regional bonuses

The Feature Film & Television Production Grant received significant new investment from the provincial government in March.

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Oh, Canada: Rick Mercer on the state of the industry

The political satirist and author talks about working with small budgets, his hopes for Canada’s film industry, and his advice for emerging creatives.

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New Canada-France coproduction treaty takes effect

The agreement signed last summer and officially implemented May 1 covers the areas of film, television and on-demand audiovisual media services.

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Deals: HGTV Canada, so.da, The Other End, HighballTV

HGTV Canada, so.da and Behr Paint Company partner on Paint School, The Other End signs exclusive partnership with PhaseSpace, and HighballTV acquires the doc The Cost of Freedom.

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APTN highlights ‘Ocean Warriors’ with new docuseries

Created, directed and produced by Steve Sxwithul’txw, the 13 x 30-minute series follows Canada’s first Indigenous-led Coast Guard Auxiliary in B.C.

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CTV Comedy’s Acting Good goes to camera

Michael Greyeyes and Darlene Naponse are attached as directors on the original comedy, loosely based on the life of Anishinaabe stand-up comic Paul Rabliauskas, who serves as co-creator, star and EP.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for April 18 to 24, 2022

Our Flag Means Death continues to lead the digital originals list, followed closely by Moon Knight and Stranger Things.

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Montreal’s Mila Aung-Thwin wins Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award

The Canadian producer and co-founder of EyeSteelFilm is featured at the festival with Midwives.

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Christa Dickenson appointed CPAC president and CEO

Dickenson takes on the role effective Sept. 12, three days after her final day as CEO and executive director of Telefilm Canada.

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William F. White Int’l expands U.S. footprint with L.A.-based VP role

Ben Waller, formerly director, production strategy and resource planning at Netflix, will serve as VP, sales and marketing to help the company’s international growth strategy.

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AMI forms Disability Screen Office

Both the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada have provided initial funding to support startup costs, new programs and the creation of a best practices guideline for disability engagement.