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Warigami gets a boost with powerhouse partners

Producer Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith shares First Love Films’ ongoing strategy to give their webseries a shot at success in a crowded market.

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France’s Newen takes majority stake in Reel One

Founder and CEO Tom Berry will continue to hold a minority stake in the Montreal-based company, which specializes in the production and licensing of scripted MOWs.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for July 2 to 8, 2019

Stranger Things takes the top spot, followed by The Handmaid’s Tale at #2 and Black Mirror at #3.

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Bell Media goes all-out for Love Island promo

CTV is hoping it’s got a new “show of the summer” on its hands and it’s supporting it with a robust paid and experiential media campaign.

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In brief: Netflix taps Mississauga native for Mindy Kaling series

Plus: RBC reveals the finalists for its short film pitch competition at the Gimli Film Festival and Shredders of Metal sets its rockin’ return date.

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Hulu greenlights more Holly Hobbie

CBBC will air the first season this summer, while season two is set to launch on the streamer later this year.

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Daisybeck Studios joins eOne’s roster

The U.K.-based factual producer’s credits include The Yorkshire Vet (pictured) and Springtime on the Farm.

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Black Fawn, Breakthrough head to The Oak Room

Based on writer Peter Genoway’s stage play, the film stars RJ Mitte (pictured), Peter Outerbridge and Ari Millen.

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Warigami, Utopia Falls lead CBC Gem youth programming

The content slate, including CBC Gem originals and Indigenous-led short films, is aimed at youth and young adults from 13 to 24.

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Industry innovator Andra Sheffer to retire from IPF

After 28 years at the helm of the Independent Production Fund, Sheffer will hand over the reins to Jon Taylor at the end of the year.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 24 to 30, 2019

Private Eyes lands at #7 and #10, while Island of Bryan and The Handmaid’s Tale break the top 30.

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WarnerMedia reveals HBO Max as name of SVOD service

The streamer is set to launch in the U.S. in spring 2020, though WarnerMedia has not disclosed details about the potential of an international rollout.

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ZooMoo expands its reach via trio of deals

The Blue Ant Media joint venture announced agreements with Kidoodle.TV, plus more.

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Lindsay Macadam to lead scripted development at Great Pacific

The hire is an expansion of a cross-pollination strategy that sees Great Pacific Media producing scripted properties based on factual IP.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films June 28 to July 4, 2019

Toy Story 4 takes the top spot, followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home at #2 and Yesterday at #3.