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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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Disney streamer to hit U.S. market in November 2019

The House of Mouse will launch the SVOD service with more than 35 original titles to start, but details on the Canadian launch date have not been revealed.

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

The Twilight Zone (2019) comes in at #1, followed by Toronto-shot series like The Umbrella Academy at #2 and Star Trek: Discovery at #3.

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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.

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In brief: Canadians get Peabody noms, New York tax credit renewed

Plus: Toronto distributor Juice Worldwide expands into post-production services and CBC Gem unveils a new partnership.

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VFX Legion opens doors in B.C.

The L.A. company’s decision to expand to B.C. allows it to tap into tax incentives and skilled labour in the region.

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Bell, Quebecor carriage dispute escalates

Quebecor is reportedly set to pull its TVA Sports channel from Bell TV at 7 p.m. today, coinciding with the first game of the NHL playoffs.

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T+E, Travel Channel greenlight The Witches of Salem

Produced by Blue Ant’s Saloon Media, the four-part docuseries examines the 17th-century witch trials.