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WildBrain refreshes Strawberry Shortcake

A new 2D-animated YouTube series, CG specials for streaming, a Roblox game, toys, music, books and events are all on the way for the evergreen brand.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2021

Ted Lasso stays on top of the digital originals chart as The Walking Dead leads overall demand in Canada.

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TIFF selection Scarborough acquired by levelFILM

The film, based on the award-winning novel by Catherine Hernandez, will have its world premiere today in Toronto.

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All3Media Int’l taps former Kew Media exec as SVP, North America

Based in New York, Jennifer Askin will manage sales and lead factual co-production in Canada and the U.S.

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VIFF lineup includes five world premieres for Canadian features

The festival will open with Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain and close with Celine Sciamma’s Petite Maman.

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Eight women directors selected for Academy development program

The fourth edition of The Canadian Academy’s bilingual six-month program kicks off at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF ’21: What to expect from this year’s event – and the road ahead

As the festival opens today with expanded in-person offerings, co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente share their expectations and plans to keep the lights on at the Lightbox.

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MK2 | Mile End expands with former Telefilm, eOne execs

The Montreal distributor has hired Stephanie Azam and Lainie Elton as part of its continued expansion into the English-language market.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs from Aug. 23 to 29, 2021

Private Eyes ends its run on top, with the series finale leading TV ratings for the week.

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WarnerMedia launches initiative for mid-level filmmakers at TIFF

The practical program – which seeks to demystify the festival market – will continue year-round at nine other film festivals across Canada.

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TIFF ’21: Doc programmer Thom Powers on this year’s lineup

How the festival’s documentary programming has addressed diversity and what will make an impact with audiences.

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Announcing the Playback Film Summit

Accelerating Canadian film from script to screen is the goal of the two-day conference aimed at bolstering the independent feature film industry.

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TIFF ’21: Canadian filmmakers eye foreign sales

The Industry Selects program – curated by programmers for a second year – holds a level of critical clout with buyers and other international festivals, say Canadian participants.

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How to solve a compounding problem?

The perennial shortage of production accountants has been made worse by the competition for resources, but new opportunities are emerging that can balance greater industry arrears.

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Mogul prepares for second blockchain vote

The company is currently accepting scripts, with industry vets such as David Cormican set for its film selection committee.