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Mankind From Space

Discovery Canada set to launch Mankind From Space

Handel Productions and U.K.-based Darlow Smithson Productions’ copro will air on the Bell Media specialty on May 3.

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Canada dominates Banff Rockie Awards with 39 noms

A raft of homegrown digital series fill out the Canadian contingent to compete against all comers in June.

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Cirque du Soleil sells majority stake to foreign investors

U.S. private investment firm TPG Capital will acquire a controlling stake in Cirque, while China’s Fosun Capital Group and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec will take minority stakes.

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Cameras roll on fifth season of APTN’s Blackstone

The latest cycle from Prairie Dog Film + Television is shooting in Edmonton through June 2015.

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Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs March 30, 2015 to April 5, 2015

Interstellar tops the DVD chart for the week of March 30 to April 5, while the #2 spot goes to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Keith Pelley tees up exit from Rogers Media

The Rogers Media president will step down from the post this summer for a gig leading a global golf tour.

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New Metric Media options The Devil You Know novel for TV

Writer Elisabeth de Mariaffi will consult on the project as the indie attaches a screenwriter to adapt the 1990s thriller.

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Toronto production reached record $1.23B in 2014: report

The key driver was domestic TV series on-location shooting, while Toronto also saw a big jump in commercial production. (Toronto-shot Rookie Blue pictured.)

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Boomtowners heads stateside for Smithsonian bow

Partners in Motion’s new docu-series on fracking will premiere on the American channel two weeks after its Canadian premiere on T+E.

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CBC Jian Ghomeshi inquiry calls for stronger management controls

Introducing employee training, surveys and “spot audits” and launching a confidential workplace hotline were also recommended by the internal workplace probe.