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Simon Barry, Stephen Hegyes launch Reality Distortion Field

The genre-focused production shingle will develop original TV series and theatrical movies for the Canadian and international market.

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Montreal’s Encore pacts with Dakota Pictures on comedy programming

The new venture will primarily target Canadian broadcasters, and incubate English versions of French-Canadian series and formats for the U.S. and international markets.

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Laurie May launches Elevation Pictures

The former Alliance Films and eOne exec (pictured) is backed by an output deal with U.S. producer Black Bear Pictures.

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Mark Montefiore, Patrick O’Sullivan to launch New Metric Media

O’Sullivan is leaving the CBC, where he is currently executive in charge of production, at the end of August to co-run the screenwriter-led production shingle (Montefiore pictured).

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Ex-CBC exec Julie Bristow launches Bristow Global Media

The new venture will explore branded content opportunities with GroupM Entertainment, while also developing a two-way creative relationship with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions (Bristow pictured).

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Noah Segal leaving eOne to launch Toy Boat production venture

The eOne Films Canada co-president is leaving the company Aug. 30 to launch a new film production company.

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THINKFilm duo David Hudakoc and Michael Baker launch levelFilm

The indie distributor’s first acquisition is Chen Kaiges’ Caught in the Web.

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Alyson Richards launches Edyson Entertainment

The company launches with a first-look deal with Content Media, while Richards (pictured) has tapped former Alliance-Atlantic exec Ed Gernon to head up the company’s U.S. operations.

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Proper Television acquires BuzzTaxi

The move comes as the Toronto-based factual producer expands into content distribution.

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Carmen Lago, Tony Chapman unveil BCT

BCT will create original multiplatform content incorporating brands into stories, and work with brands to increase ROI through non-traditional media buys (Lago and Chapman pictured).

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Keshet comes to Canada

On the heels of its recent expansion into Australia, Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International is establishing a Canadian office, to be headed by former Alliance Atlantis exec Mark Rubinstein.

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Temple Street Media Ventures launches Boat Rocker Studios

Working with YouTube, the original digital content studio will create a hub for online creators to produce next-gen content.