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Blue Ant unveils ‘Digital Studios’ and new Facebook Watch series

The global producer/distributor has rebranded L.A.-based Omnia Media’s production arm as Blue Ant Digital Studios.

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LevelFilm acquires Search Engine

Search Engine president John Bain joins the Toronto indie distributor as head of distribution.

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One quarter of Shaw employees take buyout

As the company looks to reinvent its operating model, 3,300 employees have accepted a voluntary departure package.

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DOC taps Mathieu Dagonas as executive director

The former political campaign manager will focus on government relations and philanthropy in his new role with the documentary filmmakers’ organization.

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Judge denies Quebecor’s JFL sale injunction

The Quebec Superior Court ruled that the company’s previous contracts with Just For Laughs don’t prevent Rozon from selling his shares.

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In brief: The CFC celebrates Christina Jennings

Plus: Gusto Worldwide Media nabs eight Taste Award nominations and AMI-tv sets premiere date for Anaid Productions’ doc series.

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Jennifer Salke to head up Amazon Studios

The former president of NBC Entertainment replaces Roy Price, who resigned in October amid sexual harassment allegations.

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CraveTV subscribers up 22% YOY at Bell Media

Ad revenues declined slightly year-over-year, but the company saw strength in subscriber revenues relating to contract renewals, payTV, SVOD and TVE.

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Breakthrough names Pilar Segura as head of production

Segura has previously partnered with the Toronto prodco on projects including David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway and Hollywood Homicide Uncovered.

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In brief: Whites Sudbury expands

Plus: Andrea Grau takes on a senior management role at TIFF and Seven24′s Tom Cox is awarded for his contributions to the Canadian industry.

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TVO investigating harassment allegation against Steve Paikin

The pubcaster has launched a third-party investigation into an allegation made by former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson.

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Guru Studio continues to expand exec team

The Toronto-based prodco has hired former Portfolio Entertainment director of international sales and acquisitions Jonathan Abraham.