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Discovery greenlights Highway Thru Hell for season six

Filming is underway on 13 new episodes of the B.C.-set reality series.

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Turner Kids YouTube channels get leg up from WildBrain

A number of Turner International’s local-language YouTube channels will benefit under new management from DHX-owned online kids network WildBrain.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Dec. 19 to 25, 2016

Ireland/Canada copro Vikings is at #9, with Kim’s Convenience at #18.

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Budget-friendly eats and plant-based food fill Gusto’s winter schedule

As the clock ticks on the Bell specialty channel’s “freeview” period, it’s launching new original programming to capitalize on the country’s biggest foodie trends.

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Highest-grossing films of 2016

A roundup of the Canadian and international films that topped the domestic box office in 2016.

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Theresa Tova named ACTRA Toronto president

The actor, writer and singer replaces David Sparrow, who led the union since January 2013.

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TVO unveils Canada 150 programming

Several docs will have their world premieres on the pubcaster, including a new documentary from Alan Zweig.

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Column: The year in M&A

Achieving scope and scale to compete on an international stage drove last year’s busy merger-and-acquisitions cycle. John Vandervelde talks about what it means for 2017.

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Hot Sheet: Top 20 DVDs Dec. 12 to 18, 2016

Suicide Squad tops the chart, with Secret Life of Pets at #2 and Jason Bourne at #3.

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Remembering TIFF co-founder Bill Marshall

The Canadian film and television industry leader died on Jan. 1 at age 77.

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Seven Canadian titles added to Palm Springs lineup

Among them is Xavier Dolan’s Canada/France copro Juste la fin du monde, which will screen in the California festival’s Awards Buzz program.

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The ’10s: The era of SVODs and Let’s Talk TV

We’re wrapping up our birthday throwback series with a dive into the recent past: Netflix, the CRTC and the Corus/Shaw deal will shape the industry for years to come.

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Happy holidays from Playback

We’re taking a brief winter break, but will be back on Jan. 4 with more Canadian film and TV industry news.

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U.S. politicians weigh in on simsub

Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Johnson have spoken out against the CRTC’s ruling, but will their input prompt any action?

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Playback’s 2016 Canadian Film & TV Hall of Fame: Phillip Borsos

The savvy Vancouver filmmaker was on-trend, chasing big budgets, big stories and commercial success.