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EXCLUSIVE: Wapanatahk Media launches in partnership with GPM

The B.C.-based prodco is founded and co-owned by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, with its first production set to roll in the spring.

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Deals: MK2|Mile End, Media Ranch, Cineflix Rights

MK2|Mile End acquires Sundance title Pleasure, while Media Ranch unveils several format options and Cineflix Rights picks up four new factual series.

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Boat Rocker files for IPO on TSX, projects boom year

The media company said it plans to use proceeds from the proposed IPO to secure and develop IP, repay debt and fund strategic investments and growth plans.

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Hot Sheet: Top films for Feb. 5 to 11, 2021

The Croods: A New Age, Promising Young Woman and News of the World continue their hold on the top three.

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Cineplex anticipates growth in 2021 following steep revenue decline

The company’s overall revenue in 2020 fell 74.9%, but CEO Ellis Jacob says the company is “well-positioned” for “inevitable resurgence”.

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In brief: Option news from Apartment 11, Mad Samurai

Plus, The Bell Fund’s Slate Development recipients and copro Night of the Kings makes the International Feature Film short list.

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How 21 Black Futures merged the stage and screen

21 Black Futures producer and Obsidian Theatre artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu shares how the hybrid theatre and film model struggles to become financially sustainable.

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Carousel, Sugar Shack underway on more First Person

The second season of adaptations sees directors Jessie Gabe, Renuka Jeyapalan and Joyce Wong involved again.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Feb. 2 to 8, 2021

WandaVision leads the Digital Originals list, followed by The Mandalorian and Cobra Kai.

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Netflix to make a ‘new home’ in Canada

In a blog post, Ted Sarandos said the streamer wants to open an office and hire a dedicated content executive “to work directly with the Canadian creative community.”

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Memory Box, French Exit among Berlinale 2021 selections

Memory Box from directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will make its world debut as part of the festival’s Competition section, while French Exit is in the Berlinale Special category.

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Canadian projects compete at SXSW

In competition at the virtual festival is Martin Edralin’s narrative feature Islands, Jennifer Holness’ doc Subjects of Desire and CBC Gem series For the Record.

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Jennifer Holness wins Indiescreen Established Producer prize

Nemesis Films’ Dominique Dussault (pictured right) also walked away with the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.

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Heritage extends insurance relief, doubles envelope

Updated: Telefilm has set the opening date for the $100 million short-term compensation fund, announced by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday.

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Transplant underway in Montreal

The hit drama’s second season will consist of 13 episodes.