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Neshama adds VP of business, legal affairs to exec team

The prodco has expanded its team as it goes back into production and grows its business with partner and minority shareholder MarVista Entertainment.

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Exclusive: Netflix sets up virtual pitch day for Canadian creators

The global streamer is turning its attention to the English-language market, putting out a call for projects across non-fiction, animation, drama and indie film.

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WFF 2020 heads online

‘Canada’s Coolest Film Fest’ is currently exploring ways to combine its virtual aspects with plans for an adapted local five-day physical edition.

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Departure lands U.S. distribution with Peacock

The new streaming service will air Departure in September thanks to a deal brokered by Starlings Television.

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‘A chance in a lifetime’: Tonya Williams on diversifying Cancon

The Reelworld Film Festival founder discusses the launch of Access Reelworld and creating more space for racially diverse communities in the Canadian entertainment industry.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 29 to July 5, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #3, while World of Dance and Blue Bloods land at #5 and #7, respectively.

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Inspired Image taps new CSO to lead strategic Canadian expansion

The former Sim International exec joins the equipment rental and production services company to oversee its growth and diversification, including acquisitions.

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MacKendrick’s In Good Hands lands with White Pine Pictures

The Toronto production company plans to turn the young adult title recently published by KCP Loft into a documentary series.

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On-set exclusive: Hudson & Rex returns

Images from the first day of filming on season three of the procedural, which this week became the first major Canadian scripted series to enter production since March.

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Blue Ant Int’l inks deal with Rockhead Entertainment

Under the deal, the global distributor now represents content such as David Rocco’s Dolce Tuscany and David Rocco’s Dolce Italia.

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Quebec invests $51M to offset COVID production, insurance costs

The funds will give temporary relief for the province’s domestic productions, while the CMPA made a renewed call for a nationwide solution to the insurance problem.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for July 3 to 9, 2020

Mafia Inc. comes in at #1, followed by 14 Jours, 12 Nuits at #2 and It Must Be Heaven at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for July 3 to 9, 2020

Bloodshot leads the chart at #1, while Mafia Inc. and 14 Jours, 12 Nuits land at #8 and #9, respectively.

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HireBIPOC to launch as streamlined staffing resource

Bell Media president Randy Lennox and BIPOC TV & Film founder Nathalie Younglai discuss building an industry-wide resource for staffing domestic and service productions.

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Big Brother Canada renewed at Global; Arisa Cox takes on EP role

Season nine of the the reality series, produced by Insight Productions, is slated to debut in spring 2021.