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Production underway on Temple Street’s The Next Step

The single cam tween series for Family Channel, created by Frank van Keeken (pictured) will feature extra content, including an after-show web series, on Family.ca.

New Canuck commissions for Disney XD/Junior

CG-animated preschool series Yub Yubs (pictured) from Radical Sheep and Industrial Brothers, and live-action film Bunks from Fresh TV will bow on the kids channels.

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Astral Media shareholders approve BCE takeover deal

Investors holding each of Astral Media’s three classes of shares voted over 99% in favor of the takeover deal during a meeting in Montreal.

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Teletoon sets launch date for Cartoon Network in Canada

In the lead-up to the ad-supported channel’s launch, Teletoon will broadcast a series of weekly nested programming blocks with shows from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, starting May 5.

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St. Onge’s Molly Maxwell starts production

The coming-of-age film from the Canadian Film Centre’s CFC Features program stars Lola Tash, Charlie Carrick, Krista Bridges and Rob Stewart.

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Astral nets $38 million quarterly profits despite soft TV revenue

The company is also set to launch an app in the fall for its English-language premium pay-TV channel subscribers.

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Analyst predicts job cuts after BCE acquires Astral Media

UBS analyst Phillip Huang pointed to a major “overlap” between Bell Media and Astral Media, leading to likely head office cost savings.

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Wingin’ It flies to mobile

The mobile game for the Family Channel show is a spinoff of the Wingin’ It online arcade game, available for iOs and Android devices.

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Astral licence changes could ‘profoundly’ affect Canadian film: CAFDE

A charged atmosphere surrounds the CRTC’s hearings into a group-based approach to French television licencing.

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Astral, Corus ink multi-year deals with NBCUniversal TV Canada

The deal includes multi-platform rights to over 600 Universal titles for the mediaco’s pay TV library.

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Microsoft expands Xbox Live TV experience

Rogers and Astral sign on to distribute content through the interactive gaming console’s TV service as it marks a major international expansion.

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H.G. Fund launches $30,000 marketing program

The inaugural Astral-supported program is open to Canadian filmmakers looking to promote projects domestically and internationally.