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Immersion Room: Virtual production at your fingertips

Toronto’s new virtual production studio seeks to remove barriers to artistic vision at a cost that smaller productions can afford.

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D360 kids content sales cross five continents

The marblemedia-owned distributor has inked deals for The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, ScienceXplosion, All-Round Champion, and more.

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Nelvana, TIME Studios to coproduce NFT-based toons

The two NFT projects build on the existing partnership between Nelvana and TIME Studios, which was first announced in January.

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Amazon’s Prime Video renews The Lake for season two

The Canadian original comedy starring Jordan Gavaris and Julia Stiles is now in production in Northern Ontario.

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St. John’s-set Son of a Critch starts rolling on season two

The CBC coming-of-age comedy has started production on the 13-episode sophomore season.

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The Porter earns 2022 Emmy nomination

A number of homegrown actors and creatives, as well as Canadian-shot series, are up for core categories in the 74th annual Emmy Awards.

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ACTRA mediation with group representing advertising agencies fails to make progress

The actors’ union staged protests outside of ad agency offices this week in a bid to have them be part of negotiations for a new National Commercial Agreement.

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Headspinner partners with former Wiggles star Emma Watkins

The Toronto prodco is in development on the preschool series Emma Memma: Sing. Dance. Sign. with Watkins’ production banner Apricot Sea.

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Documentary pioneer Terence Macartney-Filgate dies at 97

The prolific director helped develop the direct cinema movement with the National Film Board of Canada, starting in the 1950s.

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Sanaa Lathan’s On the Come Up set for TIFF debut

Lathan’s directorial feature film debut is the third world premiere – and third title in total – announced for the Toronto International Film Festival’s 47th edition.

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Hot Sheet: Toronto-shot Star Trek: Strange New Worlds beams onto multiple charts

Meanwhile, Canadian titles such as Property Brothers: Buying and Selling and Save My Reno appeared on the Edmonton regional top 30 chart.

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NFB inks distribution deal with Tubi

Tubi is now streaming 29 NFB-produced titles, including Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk, Félix Rose’s The Rose Family, and Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology.

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Warner Bros. Discovery Access names 2022 directors, writers participants

Run in partnership with the Canadian Academy, the initiatives include the inaugural WBD Access x Canadian Academy Directors Program and the second year of the writers program.

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Crave orders docuseries on Montreal influencer drug scandal

Set for a December release, the three-part series is produced by Montreal’s Urbania and Connect3.

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Disney+ Canada hires Toronto-based head of partnerships

Justin Erdman will build private- and public-sector partnerships to drive subscriber growth and viewer engagement with the streamer’s content.

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Portraits From a Fire among big Leo Award winners

Trevor Mack’s feature won five trophies, as did British Columbia: An Untold History and A Clüsterfünke Christmas, at the B.C. film and TV awards.