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Awards: Schitt’s Creek gets Critics’ Choice nod, UBCP/ACTRA winners

The CBC original is the first Canadian series to score a nomination in the comedy category, while a number of Canadian actors also earned film and TV nods.

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CBC shows off its new Gem

The pubcaster has relaunched its OTT offering under a new brand, and announced a deal with Wattpad to mine IP that can be developed for the service.

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Playback’s 2018 TV Director of the Year: Kari Skogland

One of Canada’s most respected directors, Skogland’s career climbed to new heights in 2018 with The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Photo Gallery: WIFT-T Crystal Awards 2018

The event saw the organization honour its 2018 mentorship cohort and the work of industry veterans like Karen-Thorne Stone, Deb Day and Edwina Follows.

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Dance Revolution earns second act

The format developed and produced by Montreal’s Quebecor Content and prodco Fair-Play will return to TVA next year.

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Playback’s 2018 Prodco of the Year: Nomadic Pictures

After 23 years in business the Calgary prodco vaulted into a new era in 2018, earning a trio of Netflix commissions and a renewal for Van Helsing.

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Playback’s 2018 Showrunner of the Year: Simon Barry

His sci-fi series Ghost Wars may have ended this spring, but veteran showrunner Barry had plenty more up his sleeve.

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In Brief: eOne, HBO to copro Taylor Kitsch drama, Halfire hires new SVP

Plus: Stephan James nabs a Golden Globes nom for his role in Amazon’s Homecoming and 10th Avenue Productions gets to work on its fourth animated film.

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Gusto unwraps holiday specials, South Korea deal

Four new festive episodes of Flour Power will debut this month, plus Gusto Worldwide Media sells two seasons of the show to UMAX.

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Zoe Dirse, Amar Wala win DOC Institute’s top honours

The veteran cinematographer won the Luminary Award while the In the Making director took home the Vanguard Award.

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Bell Media to go live with ad-supported VOD platforms

CTV Movies and CTV Throwback will offer libraries of free film and TV content, including vintage Canadian series such as Flashpoint.

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Playback’s 2018 Show of the Year: Schitt’s Creek

Executive producers and stars Dan Levy and Eugene Levy reflect on a year that saw the half-hour comedy vault into the international spotlight.