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Van Helsing to end with season five

The Nomadic Pictures-produced horror series was renewed for a fifth and final season by U.S. broadcaster Syfy and is set to go into production in early 2020.

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NFB titles named to Academy Awards shortlist

Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow (pictured) and Regina Pessoa’s Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days remain in contention in the animated shorts category.

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Sophie Ferron on her Horsepower ambitions

With the participants for the second edition of the incubator recently revealed, the Media Ranch president and executive producer discusses the initiative’s goals.

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Netflix has earned $780M in Canadian revenue in 2019

A new SEC filing has revealed the streamer’s global revenue and subscriber counts as the company announces plans to report regional data each quarter.

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Format of the Year: Revolution

Quebecor Content’s Yann Paquet and Fair-Play’s Guy Villeneuve reflect on how the dance format has quickstepped its way to success both at home and abroad.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Dec. 6 to 12, 2019

Frozen 2 leads the list, while Knives Out and Ford v Ferrari land at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Dec. 6 to 12, 2019

Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone claims the top spot, followed by Sympathie pour le diable at #2 and Il pleuvait des oiseaux at #3.

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Marni Weishofer named lead director of Thunderbird board

Wieshofer is the former CFO and EVP of corporate development at Lionsgate, where she oversaw mergers, acquisitions and other strategic financial initiatives.

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Regulating digital giants still on Trudeau’s priority list

The prime minister reiterated a number of his party’s campaign promises in a mandate letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault.

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U.K.’s Cineworld Group to acquire Cineplex for $2.8B

The deal, which is still subject to a number of regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first half of 2020.

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Network of the Year: CTV

How Bell Media is reimagining Canada’s preeminent network for a digital era.

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Deals: Blue Ant, WaZabi, Super Channel

Blue Ant International sells CBC Gem original Detention Adventure into the U.K., Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone lines up U.S. distribution, plus more.

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CMF commits $7.1M across 10 digital media projects

Secret Location’s Lost in the Dark and Dibs Studio’s Wild SanctuARy were among the select few.

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DOC Institute honours Anne Pick, Millefiore Clarkes

Veteran doc producer Anne Pick and filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes were given the Luminary and Vanguard Awards, respectively, at the DOC Institute Honours Celebration on Dec. 11.

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Showrunner of the Year: Dan Levy

The man behind Canada’s homegrown cultural phenomenon Schitt’s Creek topped a life-changing year with a surprise Emmy nomination and a major studio deal.