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Fae Pictures ups its development capacity with two exec hires

Founder Shant Joshi explains how the company is able to expand during uncertain times and how Canada’s COVID-19 response may ‘redefine service production.’

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Hot Docs, Slaight Foundation look to amplify Canadian music docs

The newly unveiled, $450,000 Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund will support development and production for music-focused domestic documentaries.

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Spin Master VP Linda Stregger named WIFT-T board chair

Executives from the CFC and Sinking Ship Entertainment were among the newly elected members on the organization’s 2020/21 board of directors.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, April 20 to 26, 2020

Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble comes in at #1 and #22 on this week’s chart, while Cardinal lands at #29.

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Quebecor says it wants to invest in Cirque du Soleil ‘revival’

The company outlined a two-phase plan, but says Cirque management has “rebuffed” its attempts to undertake a detailed financial analysis.

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Indiecan nabs Werewolf, Girl With No Mouth

The Toronto-based distributor has inked deals for the Canadian and U.S. distribution and representation rights to both genre films.

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Twenty-three Canadian titles among Hot Docs virtual lineup

Of the 226 originally selected projects, more than 130 will screen in the virtual edition, including titles from Lulu Wei, Mia Donovan and Barry Avrich.

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Wow! Unlimited plans to nearly double size of animation team

Despite ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, the company said learnings from the past two months will allow it to significantly expand its production pipeline.

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EyeSteelFilm’s Bob Moore wins Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award

The Montreal-based producer is the 15th recipient of the award and has four films set for Hot Docs, including the festival’s opening film Softie.

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WGC re-elects Dennis Heaton for second term

The 2020-22 term sees a long-standing member step down and a new addition to council, with Heaton leading the WGC through “a period of unprecedented change.”

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Cineflix Rights, CBC close six-title deal

The pubcaster has acquired Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o (pictured), season one of My Big Family Farm and The Queen’s Green Planet, to name a few.

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TV viewing on lockdown: turning a corner

As Canadians settle more into their at-home routine, the numbers show they’re craving some laughs and cheers.

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CASO study underscores ‘unique pain points’ for post-production

The newly released report projects that 80% of VFX, animation and post-production studios will run out of work by August and more than a quarter of the workforce will be laid off.

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In brief: HGF names Shorts-to-Features recipients

Plus: Canadian short Stuck (pictured) hits 9 million YouTube views, Northern Rescue garners international acclaim, and more.

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Behind MK2 Mile End Movies’ launch

Charles Tremblay (pictured) and Ariane Giroux-Dallaire discuss why the Montreal-based distributor wanted to launch its own VOD platform.