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Harold Greenberg Fund announces Northern Shorts Program recipients

Ipeelie Ootoova and Sarah Jancke’s short Irninnu Unikaara are among the trio selected to share a portion of the $60,000 initiative.

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Deals: Nish Media’s Rustic Oracle lands U.S., U.K distribution

Plus: Boat Rocker Studios’ Dino Ranch lands European sales, and Gusto sells 35 hours of content to Russia.

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Bell Media specialties Fashion Television and Book Television to shutter

The CRTC has approved an application filed in December, with the channels set to go dark on Feb. 21.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 12 to 18, 2021

The Mandalorian leads, while Star Trek: Discovery, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Expanse and The Boys all claim spots on the Digital Originals list.

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Netflix surpasses 200M subscribers milestone in Q4

Netflix added a record 36.6 million paid memberships during fiscal 2020, with the streamer declaring it no longer needs to borrow cash to fund its growth.

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In brief: CFC unveils 2021 Film Program participants

Berlinale selects Canadians for its virtual Talents program, WIFT Canada examines barriers for caregivers in the industry, and more.

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Second round of layoffs hits Bell Media

Updated: Discovery GM Edwina Follows becomes one of the latest senior executives to exit the company, Playback has learned.

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Cogeco gets into the IPTV game

Epico gives one of Ontario and Quebec’s biggest cable providers an offering more relevant to today’s connected TV viewers.

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Obsidian Theatre, CBC reveal talent for 21 Black Futures project

Set to debut on CBC Gem next month, the anthology of 21 filmed monodramas features 21 playwrights, 21 directors and 21 actors.

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Blue Ant sells portion of Enthusiast Gaming stake for $14 million

Blue Ant will continue to hold a minority stake in the Toronto-based esports and gaming company, which has seen record growth in recent months.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 4 to 10, 2021

The Rookie comes in at #3, while Murdoch Mysteries and Private Eyes make the list.

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Korean internet conglomerate Naver to acquire Wattpad for US$600M

The deal brings Wattpad under the same umbrella as the digital comic publisher Webtoon, with the platforms boasting a combined user base of around 160 million. (Wattpad co-founder Allen Lau pictured.)

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Paramount+ sets March 4 for international rollout

The rebranded CBS All Access service will launch in Canada in March but the expanded content offering won’t arrive until “later in the year,” said parent company ViacomCBS.

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Saloon Media returns to Hotel Paranormal

Season-two production is underway under strict COVID-19 protocols, with Dan Aykroyd set to return as narrator.

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BANFF introduces 2021 virtual edition

From June 14 to July 16, the festival’s new online platform will bring the industry together as part of its Marketplace Week.