Jennifer Dettman

Why CBC is going big on arts, digital for 2015/16

CBC execs on the reasoning behind some of the changes in the programming strategy for 2015/2016 – and what is staying the same. (Jennifer Dettman, executive director, unscripted content at CBC, pictured.)

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Hulu takes Dr. Dimensionpants to the U.S.

DHX has inked a deal with streaming service Hulu for the animated action series.

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When Movies for Mommies met Milk

IndieCan Entertainment’s distribution strategy for Noemi Weis’ new documentary on the issues facing mothers around the world.

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Upfronts 2015: CBC unveils new arts initiative, series

The pubcaster is launching a cross-platform initiative to cover the arts, with new material set to bow on digital and linear platforms.

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Why CraveTV didn’t have a problem with Letterkenny

As production starts on Bell Media’s adaptation of Jared Keeso’s Letterkenny Problems, Mike Cosentino and New Metric Media discuss translating the web series for TV(ish).


Youth Media Alliance awards winners announced

Canadian kids programming and digital content were recognized last night at the annual Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence Gala in Toronto. (Annedroids pictured.)

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Shomi goes out of beta and into OTT

Rogers and Shaw announce the untethering of Shomi to cable and internet subs starts this summer.


Charlotte Cook to exit Hot Docs

The Toronto festival’s director of programming is leaving to pursue a career opportunity “at the intersection of documentary film production and curation.”

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CMJ, Germany’s Bilderfest enter partnership

The deal will also see CMJ’s distribution arm handling the international digital and broadcast sales for another Bilderfest production.

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Stingray IPO raises $140M

The public offering for the specialty TV music service comes ahead of CRTC-mandated channel unbundling in 2016.

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Yukon For Sale set for June premiere on CMT

How the unique twist of far-north housing considerations – such as “where do I hang my moose meat?” – hooked Corus on Proper’s new series.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs May 11, 2015 to May 17, 2015

MasterChef Canada takes the #19 spot on the TV chart for the week of May 11 to May 17, with Big Brother Canada making three appearances.

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Ecstasy Film options The Hellfire Club

The deal for the Peter Straub novel was negotiated by Rob Heydon (pictured) for Ecstasy Film and Ben Straub for Seafront Entertainment.

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The Next Step leaps onto the big screen

The doc from Temple Street Productions follows eight cast members from The Next Step as they travel across Canada during their first on-stage tour.

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Disney Junior Latin America snaps up more Daniel Tiger

9 Story Media Group has licensed the second season of acclaimed preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to Disney Junior Latin America.