Industry veterans named to Order of Canada

Tom Jackson was promoted to the Order of Canada’s highest level, while comedian Dave Thomas, broadcaster Glenn O’Farrell and a number of actors and filmmakers were honoured.


WarnerMedia partners with the Canadian Academy for first initiative

Deanna Cadette and Melanie Nepinak Hadley, who head up Global Access Programs-Canada, chat with Playback about the program’s overarching strategy and their roles as conduits between WarnerMedia and the Canadian market.

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Deals: Sinking Ship, Gusto, W Network

The Dino Dana franchise expands in Latin America with a Nat Geo Kids deal, Gusto sells more content into the U.S. and the W Network picks up an Australian dramedy.


POV, Comweb Foundation unveil five-year commitment

The foundation’s $250,000 donation will support POV’s mission through technical training, career development, mentorship, paid jobs and internships.

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CMF@10 – Tribute: Part two

Execs discuss the organization’s formative years, defining moments and hopes to emerge stronger on the other side of the pandemic.

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Rebelfilms’ Podeswa options Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s Claremont

The award-winning Game of Thrones director is set to write and direct a limited TV series based on his long-time collaborator’s ‘perceptive’ first novel.

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Reelworld, Meridian Artists launch apprenticeship

‘Our hope with this apprenticeship program is to start making the talent agency field more inclusive and diverse,’ said Meridian Artists’ Glenn Cockburn in a statement.


Wow! revenue falls 33% in Q3

The Vancouver-based company attributed the declines to its networks and platforms segment, while its animation production arm continued to perform steadily.


Deals: WildBrain, Cineflix, eOne

Family Channel goes back for more Lockdown, Cineflix Rights inks multiple Nordic deals and eOne pacts with Sky.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 17 to 23, 2020

The Crown rises to #2 on the Digital Original chart, while Letterkenny comes in at #7.

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In brief: Bron invests in U.K.’s Turbine Studios

Plus, Hasbro unveils Peppa Pig audio stories, the Youth Media Alliance’s new board members and the winners from the 2020 UBCP/ACTRA Awards.

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U.K.-Canada Immersive Exchange participants unveiled

Chosen from nearly 500 applications, the talent development and coproduction program consists of 12 participants from Canada and 12 recipients from the U.K.

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CMF @ 10: Building blocks of an industry

Jocelyn Hamilton, Virginia Rankin and Blair Powers discuss how their companies have built momentum, relationships and revenue streams on the back of financial support from the public-private funder.

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Brightlight, Pier 21 developing Middleditch, Ker comedy series

The project written and created by the duo represents the first time Brightlight Pictures and Pier 21 Films have partnered.

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OUTtv greenlights, renews 10 projects

Among the commissions is a socially distanced dating show, Group Sext, from Go Button Media and a renewal for Guts and Gall Productions’ Avocado Toast.