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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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Hot Sheet: Departure hits top 10 in TV ratings

CBC’s SkyMed also landed on the top 30 national chart for the week of Aug. 1 to 7.

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GPM promotes Lindsay Macadam to EVP

A round of promotions at Thunderbird Entertainment has also seen Heavy Rescue: 401 EP Todd Serotiuk elevated to VP, creative.

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Amaze expands senior team, names Alex Lalonde COO

The prodco behind Prime Video Canadian original The Lake is boosting its leadership to scale-up efforts on the international market.

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Comedian Jay Baruchel signs first-look deal with Boat Rocker

Baruchel is among several first-look deals the company has made, with others including Shamier Anderson and Stephan James’ Bay Mills Studios.

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Wattpad Webtoon Studios adds animation division

The studio has tapped three executives to lead animation, television and film divisions, working under head of global entertainment David Madden.

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First-ever Canadian Screen Music Awards announces nominees

Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla got a leading two nominations for the awards, put on by the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

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3 Arts Entertainment boards Citytv’s Wong & Winchester

The partnership with Pixcom and distributor Lionsgate Television is the talent firm’s first collaboration since opening its Canadian office.

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APTN revs up production on third season of Friday Night Thunder

Laura J. Milliken, president and CEO of Toronto-based Big Soul Productions, talks about the “heart” behind the Indigenous motorsport documentary series.

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Deals: Beyond Rights, Black Fawn, Netflix Canada, Amazon Freevee

Beyond Rights sells Canadian unscripted series at home and abroad, Toronto’s Black Fawn Distribution brings Astonishing Tales of Terror to home video, Netflix’s latest Cancon additions, plus more.

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Quebec commissioner appointed as interim vice-chair of broadcasting

Alicia Barin takes on the interim role from Caroline Simard, whose term as vice-chairperson of broadcasting ends in September.

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CMF invests $19.3M in interactive digital media projects

Projects receiving funding include Love is a Roguelite (LIAR) by Titan1Studios, which is concurrently being developed for television.

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In Brief: imagineNATIVE schedules hybrid rollout

Plus: The National Screen Institute increases its TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators cohort, and the Asian Television Network rents out its studio space.

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Hot Sheet: The Orville: New Horizons lures in audiences

The sci-fi space adventure, which counts Maltese-Canadian producer Jon Cassar as an executive producer, was 26.21 times more in demand for the week of Aug. 1 to 7.

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Cineplex Q2 revenue boosted by summer blockbusters

The Canadian theatre chain reported its highest revenue increase since the pandemic, thanks to box office successes such as Top Gun: Maverick and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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Confessions passes $1 million box office milestone

Directed by and starring Luc Picard, the drama crossed the hurdle following its third weekend in Quebec theatres.