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Alberta Film presents united front to attract major film, TV projects

Canadian Locations Showcase: Alberta commissioners detail how the province’s enhanced financial incentives seek to draw more big-budget productions like Ghostbusters: Afterlife to the region.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Oct. 25 to 31, 2021

Ted Lasso returns to the top of the digital demand list, while PAW Patrol holds the No. 2 spot in overall demand in Canada.

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Playback Film Summit to address Canadian challenges

Participants in the inaugural two-day event next week will hear from leading producers, sales agents, distributors, funders, financiers and industry organizations addressing both challenges and opportunities.

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Spin Master rolls on second feature, spinoff series

PAW Patrol was the first preschool property for the toyco-turned-producer which revealed ambitions, in Q3 reports, to expand its movie-making capability and launch a new film every year.

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First-look exclusive deal links eOne with Alleycats Films

The new agreement increases eOne’s unscripted offerings, and aligns with the company’s strategy to partner with top creatives to provide high-end factual world wide.

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BSO names inaugural projects for development fund

TD has joined the program to support mentorship opportunities at two key stages of project development.

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Network Entertainment picks up Brat Pack memoir

The Vancouver prodco known for pop culture-icon projects will follow Weekend at Bernie’s Andrew McCarthy as he reunites with prominent young actors who starred in coming-of-age films in the 1980s.

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Women dominate Whistler Film Festival lineup

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter will open the festival, which has achieved directorial gender parity in the 2021 lineup.

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Nova Scotia takes the spotlight with Moonshine

Creator Sheri Elwood shares how the semi-autobiographical series came to life and how it’s part of a growing revival of the province’s film industry.

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Mercury Filmworks partnership feeds originals slate

The Ottawa-based animation studio partners with New Zealand’s Mukpuddy.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for Oct. 18 to 24, 2021

Blue Bloods and Survivor lead in the ratings.

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Syndicado acquires, revamps COVID documentary

The Toronto-based distributor is presenting a revamped version of the COVID doc The Curve: 90 Days that Changed America at the American Film Market.

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Nelvana partners with iconic kids TV creator

Keith Chapman was inspired by his daughter to develop original preschool series Bella’s Bro-Bots this fall.

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VFX and animation industry vet joins MELS Studios

The hire of Tim Stevenson aligns with the studio’s push to attract international films and series production to Montreal.

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Streamers slate food and travel projects for Schitt’s Creek stars

Dan Levy’s unscripted cooking competition series The Big Brunch will celebrate undiscovered culinary talent, while Eugene Levy journey’s around the world as The Reluctant Traveler.

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ImagineNATIVE artistic director departs

Niki Little first joined the Indigenous film festival in 2019 alongside executive director Naomi Johnson.