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Breakthrough strikes pact with Vast Entertainment

Via the strategic partnership, the L.A.-based prodco will produce and direct between six-to-eight TV MOWs in Canada and the U.S.

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BANFF to host Jed Mercurio’s first North American engagement

The U.K. showrunner behind Bodyguard and Line of Duty will take part in the festival’s ‘In Conversation With’ series.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 25 to 31, 2019

9-1-1 comes in at #1, followed by The Rookie at #2, while Big Brother Canada ties with Magnum P.I. lower down the list.

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CBC doc channel acquires The Operatives, Saving Lives at Sea

The deal for the pay TV and VOD rights was inked with Banijay Rights.

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Hall Webber LLP hires policy specialist Deborah Smith-Webber

The former cultural policy-maker with the Ontario government will oversee policy and regulatory strategies for the entertainment law firm.

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APTN renews Quest Out West: Wild Food

The B.C.-shot cooking series, hosted by Tracey Kim Bonneau, will return for another 13 episodes.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films March 29 to April 4, 2019

Dumbo tops the chart, followed by Captain Marvel at #2 and Us at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films March 29 to April 4, 2019

The Hummingbird Project comes in at #1, followed by Through Black Spruce at #2 and La course des tuques at #3.

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Cineflix, Talesmith, Wild Wolf Media partner on doc special

Takaya: Lone Wolf (working title) follows the story of an isolated wolf’s relationship with a wildlife photographer.

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MIPTV deals: 9 Story, Blue Ant, Gusto

Canadian distributors revealed hundreds of hours of content sales as MIPTV got underway.

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CBC cancels Street Legal reboot after one season

The decision to end the legal drama comes ahead of today’s season finale.

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TV revenues up 5% for Corus in Q2

An uptick in TV ad spending continued to be the main driver, with overall revenues hitting $353.5 million.

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How the CFC is expanding into new revenue streams

COO Sheena Macdonald discusses how opening up its grounds to external productions has energized the Canadian Film Centre and boosted its bottom line.

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Vanessa Matsui selected for Sundance Institute program

Matsui’s Ghost BFF webseries (pictured) is among 10 titles chosen for the mentorship lab focused on digital short-form projects.

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Deals: Corus, PNP, Breakthrough, Gusto

Corus inks its first deal for fashion competition series Stitched (pictured), while PNP picks up the Canadian rights to TIFF’s 2018 closing night film, and more.