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Deals: Blue Ice, New Metric, Trio Orange, Blue Ant

Canadian series Vagrant Queen and Letterkenny ink new U.S. deals, Blue Ant picks up Shadow of Dumont, and more.

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Upfronts ’19: Mike Holmes moves to Bell Media

New series starring renovation expert Holmes are headed to both the main CTV network and the rebranded CTV Life channel.

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How Red Button allowed Media Headquarters to experiment

With its season two launch, CEO and exec producer Robert Cohen discusses the format’s “mini film school” approach, and more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for May 28 to June 3, 2019

Lucifer comes in at #1, followed by The Handmaid’s Tale at #2 and Stranger Things at #3.

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Upfronts ’19: CTV, CTV Two release schedules

The broadcaster will air all new series on Wednesdays, including Stumptown, starring Canadians Cobie Smulders and Tantoo Cardinal.

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Mark Gordon reportedly in talks to depart president, CCO role at eOne

The global studio responded to the reports Wednesday by saying Gordon “continues to be a very important part of the eOne team now and into the future.”

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APTN: Giving the Indigenous community a voice

From Playback magazine: the broadcaster has become more relevant than ever as it prepares for its ambitious next phase after 20 years of broadcasting.

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CTV Drama, Harlequin Studios ink 20-project pact for MOWs

The newly rebranded specialty channel is partnering with the Toronto-headquartered book publisher as it makes a push into the screen content business.

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In brief: David Sparrow to serve second term at ACTRA National

Plus: T.O. WebFest unveils lineup of 49 Canadian series, CMF reveals Ireland incentive funds for 2019 and Super Channel expands Dan Rudolph’s remit.

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TVA Group axes 68 jobs

The company said the decision was “made necessary by numerous unfair practices that have been undermining the television industry for years.”

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 20 to 26, 2019

NCIS takes the #2 spot, while Island of Bryan comes in at #14 and MasterChef Canada lands at #15.

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Upfronts ’19: Bell Media finalizes rebrand of four specialty networks

The company has officially unveiled the CTV Life, Comedy, Sci-Fi and Drama Channels.

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Bell Media sets 70 original projects for 2019/20 schedule

New unscripted projects from Banger Films, Cream and eOne will join previously announced titles such as The Transplant and Carter season two.

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Thunderbird launches U.K.-based production division

The new venture, led by Ed Sayer, has already lined up a factual coproduction deal with Endemol-owned prodco Workerbee.

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Williamson, Butler upped at Pier 21 as Barna steps back

Founder Laszlo Barna will step back from the company’s day-to-day operations, while the prodco also unveiled in-development dramas with Michael Konyves and Sandra Chwialkowska.