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CMPA, DGC ratify standard agreement

Under terms of the new three-year agreement, directors and crew members will see yearly wage increases.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Sept. 17 to 23, 2018

U.S. drama 9-1-1 takes the top spot, with CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show landing at #26 and Still Standing cracking the top 30.

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Scott Moore to exit Rogers

The longtime broadcast exec, most recently president at Sportsnet, will leave at the end of the month.

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CraveTV unveils original series based on Much Studios podcast

Bell Media’s Justin Stockman calls the eight-part interview series a natural evolution for the pop culture podcast and a chance to reach a new audience.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Sept. 21 to 27, 2018

The House with a Clock in Its Walls takes the top spot, followed by A Simple Favor at #2 and The Nun at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Sept. 21 to 27, 2018

La Disparition des Lucioles comes in at #1, followed by Pauline Julien, Intime et Politique at #2 and 1991 at #3.

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PBS Kids greenlights 9 Story’s Xavier Riddle

The animated series is based on author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos’ Ordinary People book series.

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DHX, Alpha Group get revved up for new series

The companies have teamed up to coproduce the preschool series, Rev & Roll, which will air on Family Jr. in Canada and Jiajia in China.

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Lucie Lalumiere named president and CEO at Interactive Ontario

Lalumiere has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis following the departure of Christa Dickenson.

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Super Bowl simsub ban reversed in USMCA

The new trade agreement orders Canada to rescind the CRTC’s contentious ban on simultaneous substitution of Canadian ads during the Super Bowl.

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Corus links up with Thomas & Friends

The deal with Mattel will see the preschool series air on Treehouse, while Nelvana will represent the Thomas the Tank Engine brand as its official Canadian licensing agent.

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CBS developing TV drama based on 19-2

Sphere Media SVP Virginia Rankin talks to Playback about why the format has been pivotal in expanding the prodco’s push into international markets.

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Home Invasion Studios breaks into T.O.

The Toronto prodco was founded by comedians David Merry, Tim Steeves and George Westerholm.

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Netflix orders more sci-fi from Nomadic, High Park

The global streamer has added three series to its lineup, with a raft of Canadian creatives attached, including Simon Barry, who will serve as showrunner on Warrior Nun.

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VIFF ’18: Frank Giustra on the journey that led to his new doc

The Lionsgate founder and philanthropist discusses producing Debra Kellner’s feature documentary Inside My Heart and his plans for more film projects.