Steve Gravestock leaving TIFF ‘in good hands’

The longtime senior programmer for the Canada and Nordic region reflects on the domestic industry, why he’s retiring from TIFF, and his fondest memories.

CMF triggers record high for industry activity

CMF-funded projects led to more than $1.9 billion in production industry activity, according to the funder’s 2021-22 annual report.

Deals: Vice, This Place, Sphere Media, Fuse TV

Canada’s Oscar entry, Eternal Spring, signs worldwide licence deal with Vice, V.T. Nayani’s This Place lands international sales agent, and more.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Ryan Bobkin

The Toronto producer has had a fast career trajectory in Canada’s film industry as head of development of Film Forge, working with filmmakers Brandon Cronenberg and Amar Wala.

Majority of Canadian kids access streamers: report

Netflix is the most popular SVOD for kids between two and 17, but its competitors aren’t too far behind, MTM finds.

Fountainhead Talent relaunches as Element Artist Management

Roberta Romano has succeeded Julie Lafontaine as the talent agency’s owner and president.

Mariloup Wolfe’s Coeur de slush preps for action

Christian Larouche produces the drama, which was written by Sarah-Maude Beauchesne, based on her own novel.

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program chooses inaugural comedy cohort

The program, offered to Black, Indigenous and/or racialized creators in Canada, will have Ins Choi as executive producer in residence.

Tehranto, Out in the Ring win Jury Film Awards at Cinequest

Michelle Kranot and Uri Kranot’s The Hangman at Home also won Best Animated Short at this year’s Cinequest Film and Creativity Festival.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: House of the Dragon soars to top five in TV demand

HBO’s Game of Thrones has trumped over Netflix’s Stranger Things on the overall TV list for the week of Aug. 22 to 28.

Chanda Chevannes joins NFB’s Ontario Studio as exec producer

The Unfractured director has more than two decades of experience as a documentary filmmaker.

EXCLUSIVE: Garrity, Chernick go to camera on seventh feature

Director Sean Garrity and star, producer and co-writer Jonas Chernick roll cameras in Algonquin Provincial Park for Mockingbird ahead of the TIFF debut for their last collaboration The End of Sex.

EXCLUSIVE: New series adds ‘Twist’ to unscripted comedy

The spirited series is now in production across several Ontario cities and is produced by J. Troy Miller and Ashleigh Rains.

In brief: Black Academy reveals Legacy Awards creative team

Plus: WFF elects new board members and hires a manager of operations, and Quebec will have a big presence at the La Rochelle Fiction Festival.

Heritage ‘considering’ petitions as CBC/Radio-Canada licence term begins

The public broadcaster’s new broadcast licence term begins under significant industry criticism of the CRTC for removing a number of programming requirements.