CBC acquires U.K. drama Chasing Shadows for 2015 schedule

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The pubcaster continues to look to U.K. and Australia dramas to cut programming costs and distinguish itself from rivals.



Peppa Pig’s presence grows in Asia

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On the strength of stellar ratings in several Asian countries, Entertainment One Licensing has sewn up multiple new deals in the region for Peppa Pig and appointed a new territory manager.



Playback’s Person of the Year: Barbara Williams

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Williams, recently named Shaw Media president and EVP broadcasting, has risen to the top of a major Canadian broadcaster.



Coming Soon: Tru Love

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In the first of a new editorial series on distribution strategies for Canadian films, IndieCan Entertainment’s Avi Federgreen discusses plans for micro-budget indie Tru Love.



‘Cashing In’ star Tina Keeper on opening doors for aboriginal artists

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“One of the things I’ve learned is a lot of success is due to opportunity,” the veteran actor-turned-producer told Playback Daily.



Canadian Int’l TV Festival grows audience, ups glitz

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Founder David C. Heath on the CITF’s year-over-year growth and what’s coming for next year. (Corner Gas cast pictured on the CITF red carpet)



Project Latte unveils SVOD rights deals behind sci-fi slate

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Bell Media did deals with MGM, Warner Bros., BBC Worldwide and Orphan Black (pictured) producer Temple Street Productions.



Shaw Rocket Fund announces 2014 winners

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Justin Time (pictured) was among the three Canadian projects awarded $25,000 at a gala ceremony held in Ottawa earlier this week.



Jian Ghomeshi charged with sexual assualt

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Toronto Police announced the charges against the former CBC radio personality Wednesday morning.



Bell Local commissions scripted series

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Crazyshirt Productions’ Touring T.O.is the first scripted project commissioned by Bell Local, the local programming service operated by Bell’s Fibe TV.