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Saskatoon-based film and TV prodco Angel Entertainment has acquired minority ownership in Toronto-based Union Pictures, the companies announced Saturday at the Toronto film festival.

Angel toppers Bob Crowe and Wally Start said the new partnership is geared towards growing the domestic market for Canuck feature films. “The distribution sector is rapidly evolving-we are impressed with the team’s plans for expanding relationships with filmmakers and the Canadian marketplace,” Crowe said in a statement.

Angel is best known in Canada for the popular supernatural crime series “Rabbit Fall,” which is distributed by eONe TV International.

Cam Haynes, who ran the Toronto festival’s Film Circuit for many year, founded Union in 2008; the company will be releasing Barbara Willis Sweete’s “Billy Bishop Goes To War,” world-preeming at the festival, and has several pics in development.

“We are looking forward to working with a team from the west and we are impressed with Angel’s strong management and vision,” Haynes said in a statement.

The equity deal is the first step in a plan to expand acquisition strategies expand and seek further resources.