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Keshet Int’l launches drama funding initiative

Coproductions are eligible for the program as long as one European producer is involved in the project.

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DGC Awards nominees unveiled

Nominees for the 2015 edition of the awards presented by the Directors Guild of Canada include 19-2, Degrassi and Jacob Tierney for his work on Preggoland (pictured).

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Rogers defends OMNI cuts to MPs

Keith Pelley reacted to MP’s concerns about OMNI’s ethnic-language newscasts during a parliamentary hearing Wednesday.

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Cameras roll on RDG’s Adams Testament

Producers Jason Barbeck and Rafael Kalamat share their strategy for making a VFX-heavy film concept on a micro-budget.

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Specialties @ 20: W Network

From Playback magazine: In the final story in our multi-part tribute to Canada’s key specialty channels, we look back on 20 years of W Network. (Hockey Wives pictured.)

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Farpoint ups its feature focus with Menorca

The Winnipeg-based producer, known primarily for work in the unscripted lifestyle space, will start production on the feature Menorca next week. (Island of Menorca pictured.)

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Mosaic goes multi-platform for It’s Not My Fault

Production has begun on the feature, starring Alan Thicke and Quinton Aaron, which will bow as a web series before its theatrical run. (Mosaic’s Jesse Lipscombe pictured.)

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Nissan bites into branded Shark Week content

The automotive brand has returned as the lead sponsor of Discovery Canada’s most popular programming week of the year with a branded web series.

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Gulli picks up Teletubbies for France

The kids broadcaster has also acquired the rights for the rebooted preschool series for several other French-speaking territories.

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Specialties @ 20: Bravo

From Playback magazine: in our multi-part tribute to Canada’s key specialty channels, today we look back on 20 years of Bravo.

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Downey wins fourth term at ACTRA national

The outspoken advocate for more Cancon in primetime will reprise her role for an “unprecedented” new term.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs June 1, 2015 to June 7, 2015

Rookie Blue climbs to #3 in this week’s chart, with Motive also moving up to #8.

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Peppa heads to China with new broadcast, CP deals

Entertainment One Licensing (eOne) has secured a coveted broadcast berth on pubcaster CCTV, along with Chinese master toy and publishing deals, for Peppa.

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Mark Media names creative digital kids producer

In her new position, Laurinda Shaver (pictured) will lead development and production of Mark Media’s digital media products for kids.

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9 Story enters China with new Sunshine partnership

9 Story has inked a content partnership with media conglomerate Beijing Sunshine Culture and Communication that will see coproductions Peg + Cat and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood launch in China.