Wattpad launches studio to connect writers, producers
The Toronto-based online storytelling network with 40 million registered users is adopting an MCN-style approach to help creators monetize their IP.
NFB, Secret Location win 2016 Webby Awards
The National Film Board of Canada won six awards, while Toronto’s Secret Location picked up two. (NFB’s Way to Go pictured.)
YouTube opens Toronto studio
Mark Swierszcz has moved from Bell Media to Google Canada to lead the space, which was built in partnership with Toronto’s George Brown College.
Two scripted projects nab CBC development deals
Series from Anar Ali (pictured) and Renuka Jeyapalan both secured deals through the 2016 Development Workshop for Diverse Creators.
DHX Media’s multi-platform WildBrain goes wide
The online network and content company builds out a new revenue stream for DHX, as it seeks to further monetize the fast-growing online kids entertainment space.
Nickelodeon series head to Netflix Canada
The deal inked between Corus Entertainment and the SVOD giant includes the exclusive Canadian rights to Nick series The Legend of Korra.
Blue Ant’s Makeful knits up a new experiment
The specialty lifestyle channel will air three hours of footage from a yarn shop, followed by an original documentary on the craft.
MIPTV: Why BroadbandTV was key to RTL’s future
RTL Group co-CEO Guillaume de Posch (pictured) unpacks why the Canadian MCN was the right choice to anchor the company’s digital future.
MIPTV: 108 Media eyes the China prize
The Toronto-based indie distributor of niche content (including documentary T-Rex, pictured) launched a China office and a new content app for the local market.
CBC orders 10 episodes of My 90-Year-Old Roommate for Punchline
The digital web series (pictured) produced by Slow Clap and LoCo Motion Pictures wrapped production last week.
DEEP offers VR distribution solution for broadcasters
The CMF-backed software program Liquid Cinema is being showcased at MIPTV. (DEEP owner Thomas Wallner pictured.)
Deals: Lionsgate, Proper Rights, eOne, Tricon
Lionsgate partners with Kevin Hart (pictured) on a new OTT service, plus more deals of the week.