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TVOkids turns up the volume on Bristow’s Backyard Beats

The pubcaster has greenlit Bristow Global Media’s Backyard Beats for broadcast in 2020.

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Bron taps Rona Cosgrove as chief business affairs officer

The former Paramount Pictures exec will oversee the studio’s film and TV business affairs from its L.A. office.

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Shaftesbury hires Lesley Grant as creative producer

The former Temple Street producer will help grow Shaftesbury’s creative slate.


Spencer Griffin to lead TV development at Just for Laughs

Griffin will develop new series for network and streamer sales in the newly created role, based out of L.A.

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Mr. D, Splinters take top honours at Screen Nova Scotia Awards

William F. White International CEO Paul Bronfman was recognized with the inaugural Industry Champion Award.


Kim’s Convenience to hit international airlines

Thunderbird Entertainment has inked a deal with Encore Inflight Limited for the CBC comedy to view in-flight on airlines such as Emirates and Cathay Pacific.


Inside Out, Netflix announce multi-year partnership

Netflix has committed to a four-year investment into the festival’s financing forum, which was announced along with the 2019 lineup.

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Deals: Bell Media, Prospector, Malefic, PNP

CTV picks up a hit reality format for its summer lineup, PNP’s sales slate grows and two Canadian horror flicks land distribution deals.


Telefilm confirms departure of management trio

Michel Pradier, Denis Pion and Roxane Girard are no longer with the organization, according to a Telefilm representative.

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In brief: The return of DOC’s Festival Concierge

Plus: ACTRA’s Reel Women Seen wins in Santa Monica and Wattpad lands another international deal.


Future History returns to APTN for season two

Thirteen new episodes of the docuseries, produced by Jennifer Podemski’s Redcloud Studios, will begin airing later this month.


Super Channel doc examines life of Phoolan Devi

Actress Lisa Ray has signed on to narrate the documentary about the turbulent life of the bandit-turned-politician.