News Round II: Cardinal Cast, New Film Fest, Importing Crew

(Via CNW) Cardinal, the new CTV and Super Écran character-driven crime drama based on the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt, has begun production. Six serialized one-hour episodes will be shot in Sudbury, North Bay, and (of course) Toronto. Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse star as detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme. Supporting cast has also been announced, including Deborah Hay as Catherine Cardinal, John Cardinal’s wife, and  Alanna Bale  as Kelly Cardinal, Cardinal’s precocious and independent teenage daughter.

The first ever Hudson Festival of Canadian Films is set to open on March 3rd in Hudson, Quebec, Bill Young writes in a special to The Montreal Gazette. Features to be screened include Room and Sleeping Giant. Read about it on the Festival site.

Employers bringing film and TV production workers into Canada will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), Catherine Sas, Q.C., writes in Asian Pacific Post. Instead, crew will be coming in under the International Mobility Program (IMP). Workers will still need a work permit, but that will be the first step instead of the second. New rules take effect on the 17th.

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