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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.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Dec. 3 to 9, 2019

The Mandalorian leads the list, while See climbs to #5 and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cracks the top 10.

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In brief: CMPA becomes lead CFC Producers’ Lab sponsor

Plus, Apptopia reports Disney+ has reached 22 million downloads, Quebecor invests in Multicolore and P.E.I.’s Film4Ward program reveals its winners.

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Film of the Year: Menteur

Emile Gaudreault’s French-language fantasy-comedy has been able to entice Quebec audiences, earning $6.3 million at the box office.

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Spinster boosts its unique script with star power

How director Andrea Dorfman found a well-known star to give her non-traditional rom-com legs in the U.S. and international market in Chelsea Peretti.

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Bell Media inks partnership with Uninterrupted Canada

Uninterrupted execs Scott Moore and Vinay Virmani discuss the strategy to work with an exclusive partner with multiplatform capabilities to roll out its diverse content slate.

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Code 8 spin-off in the works at Quibi

The adaptation of the sci-fi feature will be produced through Jeff Chan and Chris Pare’s Colony Pictures.

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TIFF reveals Top Ten lineup

Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone and The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open from Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn are part of the list.

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CBC Gem series Hey Lady! to world premiere at Sundance

The digital series, co-directed by Sarah Polley, is among several Canadian shorts to join the lineup, including titles from Santiago Menghini and Charlie Tyrell.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, 2019

Murdoch Mysteries cracks the list at #23, while The Good Doctor and Survivor lead.

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Kew Media undertakes strategic review, CFO departs

Publicly listed Kew, which owns a number of Canadian prodcos, said Wednesday it will assess its options including the sale of all or part of the company.

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Production Company of the Year: Peacock Alley Entertainment

How a carefully-crafted development slate, including Crave mockumentary New Eden and CBC Gem’s Jensplaining, keeps Peacock Alley thriving in Canada’s competitive landscape.

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Inside the sale of William F. White International

Following this morning’s breaking news, Paul Bronfman discusses how the deal transpired and why Ashtead Group is the right company to lead Whites into the next decade.

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Government to move forward with digital tax plans

Finance Minister Bill Morneau reiterated the intent to place a 3% tax on revenues generated through the sale of online advertising and user data by tech giants.