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Game of Thrones return breaks records for Crave

Bell Media said the season-eight premiere is the most-watched episode ever on a Canadian pay TV channel, while the return also drove record SVOD activity on Crave.

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Blue Ant, Zeppelin Films ink distribution deal

Blue Ant International has signed a first-look deal with the U.K. indie production company for all scripted and unscripted programs.

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CBC brings back Battle of the Blades

After six years, the hit Insight-produced format will return with eight new episodes this fall.

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Quebecor restores TVA Sports following Superior Court injunction

The signal for TVA Sports was reconnected for Bell customers on Friday at 6 p.m.

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TVO, TFO greenlight Breakthough copro Book Hungry Bears

The animated preschool series is created by New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures and coproduced by Breakthough Entertainment and China’s Hengxin Shambala Kids.

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Incendo’s The Lead gets underway in Montreal

This is the prodco’s first project to go to camera since it was acquired by TVA Group.

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Ontario government to review tax credit application process

The province also announced plans for a film and television advisory board to further explore opportunities for “high-value film and television production.”

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Deals: Unobstructed View, East Liberty, Armoza

Dance Revolution sells abroad, Off the Fence picks up Alison Reid’s The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, and more.

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CRTC sets hearing date for Quebecor, Bell dispute

TVA Group will be required to “show cause” as to why the CRTC should not suspend its broadcasting licence at next week’s hearing.

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Breakthrough goes ‘Wild’ with Bonterra

Production is underway on Breaking Wild, a new 10-episode docuseries set to premiere on Corus Entertainment’s History channel next year.

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Cream Productions names Patrick Cameron head of production

The veteran industry exec will oversee the prodco’s slate and specials for Canadian and American networks.

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Quebecor pulls TVA Sports from Bell TV in Quebec

Quebecor went ahead with the threat despite receiving a pair of letters from the CRTC urging both sides to come to a swift resolution.