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John Christou to oversee English production operations at NFB

The Prospector Films founder has been named director of operations for NFB’s English production branch.

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How Canada’s LGBTQ+ population consumes media

A new study argues that LGBTQ+ representation isn’t just healthy for communities, it’s healthy for brands.

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IATSE to represent factual workers in Canada

The North American union has partnered with media union CWA Canada on its Fairness in Factual TV campaign.

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9 Story opens live-action division

The prodco’s new division will be led by VP of live-action development and production Jeremy Slutskin.

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Blue Ant orders more ‘Cake’

Produced by Toronto’s Architect Films, the competition series will return for another 10 episodes.

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Insight inks development pact with cannabis brand Civilized

The companies will develop cannabis-inspired programming in the areas of science, cooking, business and travel.

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Vibika Bianchi sets up in Our House

The veteran TV executive is joining Joe Houlihan and Simon Lloyd’s prodco in an SVP role.

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‘First Person’ sees Globe and Mail essays translated to screen

Carousel Pictures and Sugar Shack Productions are producing the six-part project, which began shooting last week.

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D360 builds out its team, inks deals for reno content

In addition to a new hire and a pair of promotions, the Toronto-based distributor has sold 300 hours of TV starring Bryan Baeumler to international broadcasters.

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Awards: Canadian TV gets GLAAD, Oh’s winning streak continues

Wynonna Earp, Schitt’s Creek and Anne with an E land GLAAD nods for LGBTQ representation while Sandra Oh picks up a SAG award.

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Gusto Worldwide stirs up a new OTT deal

Gusto TV will be the first food channel on the newly launched U.S. OTT service STIRR.

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Discovery’s Heavy Rescue: 401 gains speed in season-three debut

The first episode of the new season increased by 28% over the season-two premiere.

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Returning series post strong ratings for CBC

Season two of Burden of Truth saw a 50% increase in average audience, while Coroner was the pubcaster’s most-watched drama premiere in four years.

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Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich win TIFF-CBC screenwriter award

The team’s script Beans will receive financial support towards development, meanwhile TIFF introduces its 2019 Writers’ Studio recipients.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 15 to 21, 2019

Titans comes in at #1, followed by Toronto-shot Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and You at #3.