In Brief: Who won the Rogers Prize of Excellence in Cancon?

Hi Opie
TVO sets the premiere for marblemedia's Opie's Home (pictured), plus more news.

Dot. is excellent Cancon
The first annual Rogers Prize of Excellence in Canadian Content was handed out Tuesday night at the Rockie Awards Gala in Banff, AB. The prize, which comes with a $25,000 award, went to Dot, produced by Toronto’s Industrial Brothers in association with The Jim Henson Company and the CBC. Executive producer Tammy Semen accepted the prize on behalf of Industrial Bros. The animated children’s series beat out Backstage: Too Much Keaton, Odd Squad: The Movie and PAW Patrol.

TVO says Hi to Opie spinoff
Hi Opie! spinoff Opie’s Home is set to premiere June 20, 2017 on TVO. The new series from marblemedia, produced in association with TVOKids and the Jim Henson Company, follows the titular four-year-old character from the original series as he navigates life at home. The first season will be supported by an online interactive digital experience, inviting the preschool-age audience to play games and have a choose-their-own-adventure play date with Opie. This fall, the series will bow across Canada on Knowledge Kids as well as on Citytv in Saskatchewan. The series is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the Bell Fund.

Guild of Music Supervisors launches Canadian chapter
The Guild of Music Supervisors has launched a Canadian chapter. The global non-profit is dedicated to promoting the craft of music supervision, offering resources and training to those in the profession. It has named Michael Perlmutter, owner of Instinct Entertainment, as president of the local chapter. Perlmutter will be joined by David Hayman of Toronto’s Supergroup Sonic Branding Co and Natasha Duprey of Vancouver’s Silent Joe, both in the roles of co-VP.