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Netflix approaches 149 million subs

The giant also said it would try to be more transparent with producers, members and the press over the next several months about what audiences are watching.

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POV: The Apology wins Peabody award

The National Film Board feature is among eight documentaries to receive this year’s honour.

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Wattpad partners with Sony Pictures Television

The first-look TV deal deepens the duo’s relationship and gives Sony access to around half a billion Wattpad stories.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, April 1 to 7, 2019

The Big Bang Theory comes in at #1, followed by Young Sheldon at #2, while Big Brother Canada lands lower down the list at #22, #24 and #25.

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Global TV announces early summer lineup

Detective drama Private Eyes and the final season of Mary Kills People will premiere in May.

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Former media exec and CRTC chair Andre Bureau dies

“Mr. Bureau played a pivotal role in providing Canadians more choice on television,” said CRTC chairperson and CEO Ian Scott on Bureau’s passing.

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Guru, VIFF among Creative Export Canada fund recipients

Twenty companies from across Canada’s cultural industries will share nearly $7.8 million in funding.

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Jean La Rose to depart as APTN CEO in December

La Rose, who has served as CEO of the network for 17 years, will exit the role at the end of the year.

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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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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films April 5 to 11, 2019

Writer/director Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project takes the top spot, followed by Through Black Spruce at #2 and Giant Little Ones at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films April 5 to 11, 2019

Toronto-shot Shazam! comes in at #1, followed by Dumbo at #2 and Pet Sematary at #3.

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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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Illumination exec takes over at DHX animation studio

Amir Nasrabadi will oversee animation production, including the making of DHX’s Peanuts content for Apple as the new EVP and GM of its Vancouver animation studio.

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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.