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A71 Entertainment appoints Justin Rebelo as CEO

Rebelo joins the distribution outfit from eOne, where he served as VP overseeing television and digital distribution for English Canada.

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Sinking Ship grows international sales team

Former GRB Studios exec Mehmet Gunduz joins the prodco in a newly created position as Sinking Ship looks to build out its distribution business.

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Merci pour tout earns $1 million in holiday box office

This is Louise Archambault’s second film to breach the million mark within the last year, following the success of Il pleuvait des oiseaux.

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Gen Z demands diverse content – and pays for it: report

A survey conducted by VICE Media and Ontario Creates offers insight on the viewing habits of Gen Z and Millennials, as well as where they look for new content.

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‘The Body Remembers’ wins big at VFCC

Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers’ film won three prizes, including best Canadian film, while We Will Stand Up and White Lie also claimed awards.

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Six Vancouver-shot series renewed at The CW

Batwoman, The Flash, Nancy Drew and Riverdale were among a raft of 13 early renewals announced for the ViacomCBS-owned network.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Dec. 20 to Jan. 2, 2020

Merci pour tout, The Song of Names and Antigone all held the top three spots for the past two weeks.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Dec. 20 to Jan. 2, 2020

Merci pour tout cracks the top 10 during the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, while Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Jumanji: The Next Level and Frozen 2 all continue to lead.

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Valerie Creighton, Michael Donovan among Order of Canada recipients

Also appointed to the Order are eOne’s Darren Throop, filmmaker Xavier Dolan and Oscar-winning director James Cameron.

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WildBrain launches consumer products YouTube program

Led by Steve Manners, the joint effort will combine expertise from the company’s licensing agency and digital distribution platform.

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Suzane Landry appointed to VP post at Bell Media

Meanwhile, at parent company BCE, Mirko Bibic has officially taken the reins from the retiring George Cope.

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The exit interview: Andra Sheffer

The outgoing IPF CEO reflects on handing over the reins, how the organization has changed and her hopes for the industry.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest senior programmer Adam Cook resigns

Cook, formerly a programmer at VIFF and programming associate at TIFF, was in the role for less than a month.

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Happy Holidays from Playback

Our daily newsletter will return to your inboxes on Jan. 7, and in the meantime you can test your Playback knowledge with our short trivia quiz.

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Deals: D360, Scott Brothers Entertainment, Blue Ant Media

Distribution360 secures agreements for content from Skyship Entertainment, GAPC Entertainment and Forte Entertainment, plus more.