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Bell Media, Ski-Doo bring digital series to linear

Extreme excursion series Escape Mountain will be amplified to Discovery’s linear channel as Ski-Doo builds mass brand awareness this winter.

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The Twentieth Century wins main prize at Los Cabos

Matthew Rankin’s feature-length debut took the Competencia Los Cabos Award at the Mexican film festival, which had a number of Canadian films in contention.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Nov. 8 to 14, 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate continues its streak, while Joker comes in at #2 and Last Christmas lands at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Nov. 8 to 14, 2019

Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone tops the chart, followed by Jouliks at #2 and Matthias et Maxime at #3.

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CBC cuts news budget, issues redundancy notices

According to the Canadian Media Guild, fewer than 10 redundancy notices have been issued thus far.

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In brief: DGC partners with NSI on Indigenous training programs

Plus, documentaries like Carmine Street Guitars make it on the Academy Awards Best Feature submission list.

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Kew Media Distribution ups Graham Begg to SVP post

In the newly created position, Begg will oversee acquisitions for scripted, non-scripted, documentary and factual content, in addition to advising on business development initiatives.

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Shifts in U.S. market impact Kew Media’s Q3

Kew’s Australia-based subsidiary Essential lost a key series, Texas Flip N Move, after Discovery shifted the strategy for its DIY channel, contributing to a 5.3% revenue decrease.

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MacLeod pledges stability for Ontario tax credits

The Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries wrapped up a four-day visit to L.A. to meet with film and TV execs to promote Ontario’s creative sector.

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Deals: NFB, Kidoodle.TV, Platform One

Arthouse streamer OVID adds NFB animations to its collection, while Boat Rocker’s latest acquisition forms a new partnership.

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Baroness von Sketch Show starts fifth set

This latest batch of episodes will see Vivieno Caldinelli (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Joyce Wong (Wexford Plaza) serve as directors.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 5 to 11, 2019

Stranger Things tops the list, while Vancouver-shot See from AppleTV+ earns a place on the Digital Original chart.

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Cineplex gets revenue boost in Q3, seeks strategic partner for e-sports division

Box office and theatre advertising were on the rise thanks to blockbusters and family-friendly fare.

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Disney+ lays down the gauntlet, adds 10M subs on first day

Despite a number of technical glitches, the streaming service exceeded expectations in its launch in the U.S., Canada and Netherlands.

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PNP mellows out with Canadian Strain

The newly Toronto-based distributor nabbed the Canadian distribution rights to the cannabis comedy, written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh and starring Jess Salgueiro.