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Cuts Made in Telefilm Canada Program Funding Budget

MONTREAL: Tasked with reducing its expenses by C$10.6 million over the next three years, Telefilm Canada has announced cuts to its development and production financing funds. The organization is working towards saving C$2.7 million this year by focusing on its core activities and using "a balanced approach in terms of where ...

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Force Four Entertainment Ups Execs

VANCOUVER: On the heels of scoring a second-season renewal for Million Dollar Neighbourhood from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada, Canadian outfit Force Four Entertainment has promoted to key executives. Dana Johl has been named the head of production at Force Four Entertainment, while Deborah Wainwright has been appointed to ...

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Factual & Kids’ Fare Sells for Best Boy

CANNES: Best Boy Entertainment has firmed up deals from its documentary and children’s slates, including shows such as Pet ER and Mickey’s Farm.  Animal Planet Canada took the second window for the docudrama Pet ER, which features families dealing with life-threatening pet medical emergencies. The Smile of a Child 24-hour ...

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Cuppa Coffee Eyes Partners for Osbournes Series

TORONTO: Cuppa Coffee Studios, the Canadian animation outfit that is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be at MIPTV looking to complete the financing on a new 20-episode prime-time animated series about rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family. Adam Shaheen, the founder and president of Cuppa Coffee Studios, says the show ...

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Saving Hope, Femme Fatales & More Top eOne’s Slate

TORONTO/LOS ANGELES: Entertainment One (eOne) has a number of new titles to offer up for the international market, among them the new medical drama Saving Hope. The series, which has been picked up by NBC, stars Erica Durance and Michael Shanks. eOne is also offering Femme Fatales, an anthology series ...

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Portfolio Makes Sales from Kids, Lifestyle Catalogues

TORONTO: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! has been sold to new broadcasters, marking just one of a number of titles sold by Portfolio International ahead of MIPTV.   The 60×30-minute kids’ series scored new broadcast slots on, among others, KI.KA in Germany, Disney Junior in ...

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Shaftesbury & Smokebomb Unveil State of Syn

TORONTO/CANNES: Shaftesbury and its digital media division, Smokebomb Entertainment, have a new project to present, State of Syn, a 3D-enabled digital motion novel for online. The sci-fi digital project stars Jewel Staite (Firefly, LA Complex), David Hewlett (Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis) and Rainbow Sun Francks (The Listener, Stargate: Atlantis). The ...

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Best Boy Entertainment Gears Up for MIPTV

ST. JOHN’S: Best Boy Entertainment is readying its catalogue of new and returning children’s, documentary and lifestyle content for MIPTV. The Canadian company will highlight season two of the docudrama series Pet ER, in addition to season three of Mickey’s Farm, which features a blend of live action, animation and ...

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Breakthrough Lands International Deals

TORONTO: Breakthrough Entertainment has closed sales for a range of its documentary, reality and animated content, including a U.S. deal with CNBC for its documentary special Customer (Dis)Service. Customer (Dis)Service is produced by the Canadian documentary filmmaker Generator Films. It chronicles the global battle between consumers and corporations who seek ...

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Tricon Readies for MIPTV with New Content

TORONTO: Tricon Films & Television is gearing up for MIPTV with more than 75 hours of new lifestyle and documentary series, in addition to returning shows. Returning series include the scripted dramedy series Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays and the documentary series Metal Evolution, an in-depth exploration of the enduring phenomenon ...

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