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Wow! Unlimited inks deal with Weinstein Co, Netflix

The Vancouver and New York companies will partner to produce the animated series Spy Kids: Mission Critical for the SVOD.

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Telefilm New Voices Award recipients named

Reem Morsi, Thomas Pepper and Brandon Ash-Mohammed are among this year’s winners.

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Assembling Riftworld Chronicles piece by piece

With a second season in the pipeline, a TV version in development with CBC and a mobile app on the way, First Love Films is building multiple worlds around its web series.

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Deals: Seven24, Portfolio, Super Channel

Netflix picks up Wynonna Earp for U.S. and Canada, plus more deals.

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Sinking Ship lands 27 Daytime Emmy nominations

The Toronto company scored noms for Odd Squad and three other series, while Guru Studios’ Justin Time GO! and Thunderbird’s Beat Bugs are also up for awards.

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In brief: OUTtv launches SVOD; Vanasse joins Talent Fund team

The LGBTQ-focused OTT platform is now available in Canada, the Cardinal star will serve as the Fund’s ambassador, plus more news.

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CFC’s Comedy Exchange participants head to L.A.

Former Motive showrunner Dennis Heaton, writer/director Jeremy Lalonde and producer Emily Alden will all pitch their flicks in California.

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Darius Films takes The Padre to Bogota

The Canada/Ireland copro shoots in the Colombian capital before coming back to Canada for post-production.

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What drives subscribers to SVODs?

While access to movies is still the top draw, a new report finds original content is gaining momentum.

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How Secret Location made Halcyon a reality

A deal with Syfy took the hybrid digital/VR series to 80 territories globally, garnering acclaim for its novel format. Now, it’s been optioned for an hour-long TV version.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 6 to 12, 2017

MasterChef Canada made the list once again this week, with Saving Hope also gaining a spot.

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Boat Rocker, Industrial Brothers team with Fisher-Price

The Toronto producers have inked a master toy deal with the U.S.-based company for their new original series Kingdom Force.

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The Amazing Gayl Pile wins the SVOD pitch game

From Playback magazine: How LaRue Entertainment built an audience for its oddball comedy before bringing NBCUniversal and CBC into the mix.

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Heartland renewed at CBC

The Alberta-shot drama will surpass 190 episodes during its eleventh season, which goes to camera in May.

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Anne debut pulls in 815K for CBC

The eight-part series is produced by Northwood Entertainment and will be released on Netflix globally later this year.