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HIT’s Barney, Angelina stage their return to TV

Mattel and its preschool subsidiary HIT Entertainment have inked a long-term partnership with 9 Story Media Group to relaunch the Barney & Friends and Angelina Ballerina preschool brands, with new episodes set to roll out in 2017.

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Sky Vision, Peacock Alley ink distribution deal

Sky Vision has picked up 50 hours of factual programming from Peacock Alley Entertainment, in addition to inking an exclusive distribution deal with the Toronto-based producer. (Pictured: Unusually Thicke)

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Strategy’s Brands of the Year: Epic Meal Time is no longer the little guy

From Playback sister publication strategy: How Harley Morenstein and crew have grown to be Canadian leaders in the YouTube space.

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Nelvana, Oktobor, Playmates Toys pact on Mech Mice

The multiplatform game is being turned into an animated action-comedy series for kids aged 6 to 11.

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Norm Macdonald to host 2016 Screenies

Macdonald will host the first Canadian Screen Awards to be broadcast live on CBC in the Eastern Time Zone and live-to-tape across the rest of the country.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Sept. 25, 2015 to Oct. 1, 2015

Hotel Transylvania is at #1 for the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, with Maze Runner at #2, Everest at #3 and Paul a Quebec at #7.


Cameras roll on Motive season four

Showrunner Dennis Heaton chats with Playback Daily about keeping the series fresh as production gets underway in Vancouver on 13 new episodes.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Sept. 25, 2015 to Oct. 1, 2015

The top three remain unchanged, with Paul a Quebec at #1, Le Mirage at #2 and Le journal d’un vieil homme at #3.

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Jennifer Harkness joins Cream Productions

Harkness was formerly the head of development, factual and reality at Temple Street before she left the company to join social media agency Jumpwire Media.


Pre-production underway on AMBI, Imprint’s Groove Tails

Animation and production on the CGI family feature will be done out of the AMBI Group’s Toronto-based AIC Studios, with Jamie Foxx (pictured) to voice the lead and serve as producer.

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Blackstone to end after season five

The final season of the Prairie Dog Film + Television drama will bow on APTN on Nov. 3.


Blue Ice Docs finds The Missing Ingredient

The Toronto-based distributor acquired two other titles in addition to the Michael Sparaga-directed doc. (Sparaga pictured.)

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Rogers rolling out 4K in 2016

The company is bringing a 4K set-top box to market, and will begin broadcasting in the higher resolution format in January.

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Quebecor Media gets into the MCN game

The Quebec-based co joins a growing list of traditional media businesses following consumers online with the creation of Goji.