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North Star Studios building large studio space in North Bay

The studio will have five film and TV stages in more than 68,000 square feet and will be capable of handling large-scale productions.

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BSO and ISO delegates make Cannes debut

Black and Indigenous filmmakers came home with global prospects as a result of initiatives by the Black Screen Office and Indigenous Screen Office at Cannes.

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Report tracks Asian representation across Canada’s major broadcasters

A study from the Vancouver Asian Film Festival found that East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian representation came to less than 10% across all broadcasters over a week’s worth of programming.

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Polaris to open Fantasia International Film Festival

KC Carthew’s post-apocalyptic Canadian northern odyssey is one of several Canadian world premieres in the lineup.

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Pretty Hard Cases gets back in gear for season three

Wendy Crewson joins the season three cast, with co-creators and executive producers Tassie Cameron and Sherry White returning as co-showrunners.

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Hot Sheet: Stranger Things still tops overall TV demand in Canada

Toronto-shot Amazon Studios’ The Boys and Crave sitcom Letterkenny were also on the top 10 digital demand list in Canada.

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In brief: In Broad Daylight to premiere at Karlovy Cary International Film Festival

Plus: Three NFB shorts are in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Director X joins Telefilm’s #MovieMemory campaign, and more.

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IPF’s Quebec office head resigning after 31 years

Claire Dion will resign effective July 1 to undertake new challenges.

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Veteran exec Tony Tackaberry forms new prodco, strikes deal with Blue Ant Studios

Tackaberry’s first-look deal with Blue Ant Studios is to develop and produce unscripted series, premium docs and a range of formats.

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Sonic Nursery Creative summer slate features drag rom-com, design competition for OUTtv

It’s All Sunshine and Rainbows, starring Canadian drag star Priyanka and directed by the Slo Pitch team, joins Sew Fierce in the Toronto prodco’s summer production slate.

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Bell Media unveils CTV, specialty acquisitions for 2022/23 schedule

The lineup includes a spin-off of The Rookie and new titles starring Amanda Warren, Jimmy Smits and Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

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CBC sets new dramas, builds on comedy slate, says goodbye to two titles for 2022-23

The pubcaster’s fall slate includes new Canadian drama Plan B, starring Karine Vanasse and Patrick J. Adams, but won’t see the return of Coroner or TallBoyz.

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Sphere Animation, Red Monk partner on witchy tale Nadia

The 52 x 11-minute series is targeted to kids up to age nine and highlights the importance of intergenerational relationships.

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Industry stakeholders discuss C-11 amendments, Cancon definitions

Discussions around defining Canadian content and the scope of the CRTC’s regulatory framework were part of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s continued study of the Online Streaming Act.

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CTV drama Sullivan’s Crossing readies cameras for Nova Scotia

The series, based on Robyn Carr’s books, is being produced as an interprovincial coproduction.