Olympics

CBC gives a peek at how Olympic ratings are doing so far

The opening ceremonies drew fewer TV viewers compared to the Rio Games, but viewership on the broadcaster’s digital and streaming platforms has shot up.

Wacky Word Songs

Deals: TVOKids, Gusto, CBC

TVOKids original Wacky Word Songs sells to ABC Australia, Gusto TV expands to Africa for the first time, plus more.

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Telefilm commits $17M to 10 national English-language features

New features from Charles Officer, Albert Shin and Molly McGlynn are among the selected English-language features.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for July 19 to 25, 2021

Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso moves up the digital originals list to No. 2, just behind Disney+ hit Loki, while Letterkenny returns to claim the tenth spot.

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LaRue’s True Dating Stories renewed, acquired in the U.S.

The CBC Gem original has been greenlit for a new season, which will be accompanied by a podcast adaptation.

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Lionsgate to rep CBC comedy Son of a Critch internationally

The inter-provincial coproduction between Project 10 and Take the Shot has unveiled high-profile cast attachments as it goes to camera in Newfoundland.

The Fabulous Show with Fay and Fluffy

WildBrain Television picks up The Fabulous Show with Fay and Fluffy

Produced by Lopii Productions, the preschool cabaret series is hosted by a drag duo, and aims to foster inclusivity, kindness and a love of reading.

The Podcast Report

Audible taps into demand for Canadian stories with originals strategy

Part four of Playback‘s Podcast Report offers a deep dive into Audible’s original Canadian content strategy and work to develop new emerging talent.

Mohawk Girls

Peacock acquires all five seasons of Mohawk Girls

The TV series, produced by Rezolution Pictures and co-created by Tracey Deer and Cynthia Knight, began airing on the U.S. streamer earlier this month.

Annie Murphy

Schitt’s Creek alums enter Witness Protection

An in-development U.S. film project reunites Annie Murphy with screenwriters Rupinder Gill and David West Read.

Black Ice

Uninterrupted Canada, Bell Media prep hockey doc

Multi-partner project Black Ice will also receive a Canadian theatrical release via Elevation Pictures.

Octonauts

Mainframe Studios legal hire signals expanded scope

Veteran entertainment lawyer Elyot Waller joins the Wow! Unlimited Media-owned studio as SVP of business affairs and general counsel.

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How badly did the pandemic hit TV and radio broadcasters?

The CRTC’s latest broadcast statistics show advancing declines across the board, though some areas fared worse than others.

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Proper Television’s first Netflix commission to debut in August

Motel Makeover will premiere in more than 190 countries next month and was shot on location in Sauble Beach, ON.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for July 12 to 18, 2021

Private Eyes leaps to No. 3 on the TV chart, with Island of Bryan and Nurses also making the list.