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Etan Vlessing

Canada Bureau Chief

Etan Vlessing has worked as a print and digital journalist and editor for 30 years, first in London as a financial reporter. Returning to Canada, he worked for the Financial Times of Canada and then as an entertainment journalist for Playback before joining The Hollywood Reporter as Canadian Bureau Chief. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and completed a masters degree in journalism at the City University in the UK. For THR, he covers the film, TV and digital sectors in Canada, based in Toronto, and contributes to the film and business sections.

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CAA Promotes Two to Executive, 14 to Agents

Major talent agency giant CAA has promoted 16 rising employees to agent or executives. Khalil Roberts becomes an executive in the agency’s book department after he joined CAA in 2019 as a receptionist, and most recently served as a coordinator. And London-based Sarah Phillips, who also joined the agency in 2019, has been upped to […]

Emma Jade, Alyssa Nicole, Noor Badash Topline Thriller ‘Iconic’

Emma Jade, Alyssa Nicole and Noor Badash have lead roles in the psychosexual thriller Iconic, the feature film debut from writer-director Matthew Freiheit. The indie, which has just wrapped production in Los Angeles ahead of a planned 2024 release, stars Jade as makeup guru Rose, who faces hate mail from a rival artist played by […]

“You Pay to Play”: A Major Showdown Over Funding Streaming TV and Movies Is Underway in Canada

U.S. streaming giants were already in an uncomfortable position after Canada reined them in with first-time spending obligations to support the production of homegrown movies and TV series. But as 2023 ends, the country’s TV and telecom regulator is at odds with American streamers over how much cash they are now obligated to fork over […]

Anthony Anderson to Host Emmy Awards Delayed by Hollywood Strikes

Anthony Anderson has been named to host the Emmy Awards by Fox and the Television Academy after the Hollywood strikes delayed the 75th edition. “With our industry’s recent challenges behind us, we can get back to what we love — dressing up and honoring ourselves. And there’s no better celebratory moment to bring the creative […]

Ruby Sunday Introduced With Foundling Mystery in ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Trailer

Millie Gibson is introduced as Ruby Sunday and apparently learns the secret of her birth in the latest teaser for Disney+’s Doctor Who Christmas special, which will bow on Dec. 25. The trailer opens to Christmas Eve long ago and a baby discovered abandoned in the snow by The Fifteenth Doctor Who, played for the […]

E3 Shuts Down After Two-Decade Run as Video Game Industry’s Biggest Convention

It’s official: E3 has been shut down as the video game industry’s biggest convention and media platform for good.  “After more than two decades of E3, each one bigger than the last, the time has come to say goodbye. Thanks for the memories,” the Entertainment Software Association, the video game trade association, said on its […]

‘Palm Royale’: Kristen Wiig Plays Ambitious Social Climber in First Photos for Apple TV+ Series

Kristen Wiig is a Palm Springs socialite struggling for a perfect life at the top in the first photos for Palm Royale, Apple TV+’s star-driven series that will launch globally on March 20, 2024. The scripted comedy, loosely based on Juliet McDaniel’s novel Mr. and Mrs. American Pie, tells the story of Maxine Simmons, played […]

Anna Lambe to Star in Untitled Netflix/CBC Arctic-Set Comedy

True Detective actress Anna Lambe has nabbed the lead role in an untitled Arctic-set comedy for Netflix and the CBC and APTN in Canada. Lambe will play a young Inuk mother Siaja, with Keira Cooper, a 7 year-old actress from Iqaluit, Nunavut, in Canada’s north, playing her daughter Bun. Siaja wants to build a new […]

CBC to Cut 600 Jobs Amid Advertising Headwinds

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has announced it expects to cut around 600 jobs as it deals with lower advertising revenue and competition from U.S. digital giants. Canada’s pubcaster said it faces a $125 million budgetary shortfall likely to be offset with programming cuts and layoffs. “These pressures are a result of the same structural factors […]

Tony Shalhoub Talks ‘Monk’ Revival in a Pandemic-Impacted World: “People See the World Now the Way Monk Does”

Adrian Monk is back with Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie. The TV movie, now streaming on Peacock, reunites the cast and creative team behind the former USA series Monk. And making the 90-minute revival felt like a homecoming for star Tony Shalhoub — who reprises his role as the crime-solving detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

Stock in Paramount Global Pops on Takeover Speculation

Stock in Paramount Global popped on Friday on speculation David Ellison’s Skydance Media and RedBird Capital are eying a potential takeover of Sheri Redstone’s controlling stake in the Hollywood conglomerate. Representatives for private equity giant RedBird Capital had no comment on Wall Street chatter around a possible transaction that could see the private equity giant […]

Focus Features Sets Release Date for Austin Butler, Jodie Comer’s ‘The Bikeriders’

Focus Features has set a release date for Jeff Nichols’ The Bikeriders, a crime epic about a motorcycle club in the 1950s that stars Austin Butler, Jodie Comer and Tom Hardy. The New Regency film set in Chicago will hit theaters on June 21, 2024, after first bowing at Telluride. The movie was earlier set […]