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CBC highlights commercial-revenue drive at Upfront ’19

The pubcaster’s new-look exec team put a focus on advertiser-friendly programming this year, including Battle of the Blades and Family Feud Canada.

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How increased funding flexibility is creating forward momentum

From Playback magazine: expanded funding triggers are creating new paths to market for producers and creators in a slow-moving broadcast environment.

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Upfronts ’19: Citytv adds Dead Still, Vagrant Queen to midseason

Rogers Media also renewed Shaftesbury’s Hudson and Rex, while there were a number of significant changes to its roster of international acquisitions.

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Shaftesbury gels with got2b on new branded series

The prodco is teaming with the hair colour and styling brand on a short-form digital series set in the world of electronic dance music.

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CTV announces a dramatic slate of U.S. pickups

Besides gritty dramas like Stumptown and For Life, picks like Bob Hearts Abishola and The Masked Singer are also coming.

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Upfronts ’19: CBC lifts the curtain on 2019/20 roster

New scripted dramas from Sienna Films, Shaftesbury, Seven24 and Lark Productions join a local remake of Family Feud and 32 returning series.

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Prairie Dog’s Tribal rolls into Calgary

The eight-episode drama for APTN sees Blackstone‘s creator Ron E. Scott (pictured) serve as showrunner and director.

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CMPA, WGC agree to new three-year IPA

The terms of the agreement must now be ratified by the CMPA board of directors and WGC members.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 13 to 19, 2019

The Big Bang Theory finale leads the list, while MasterChef Canada comes in at #20 and Island of Bryan lands at #27.

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Cineflix Rights hires Felicia Litovitz to expand North American portfolio

Litovitz, who formerly worked at Fremantle and Corus, has been appointed to the newly created role of VP, acquisitions, North America.

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Corus deepens Wiggles pact with ABC Commercial

The Canadian broadcaster has nabbed the exclusive broadcast rights to content like season two of Emma! and the exclusive rights to various studio-recorded specials.

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Blue Ice Docs lands Canadian rights to three documentaries

Among the slate is Laurie Lynd’s Killing Patient Zero, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs festival.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films May 17 to 23, 2019

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum takes the top spot, followed by Avengers: Endgame at #2 and Pokemon Detective Pikachu at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films May 17 to 23, 2019

The Grizzlies comes in at #1, followed by Le vieil age et l’esperance at #2 and Havana, from on high at #3.

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Crave commissions two unscripted originals

Bell Media Studios also renewed a raft of series for CTV and Discovery, including Disasters at Sea, The Marilyn Denis Show and Mighty Trains.