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Banijay acquires global format distribution rights to Wild Cooks

The culinary adventure reality series hails from Montreal-based Toast in collaboration with Quebecor Content.

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Avi Federgreen’s Indiecan launches Red Water Entertainment

The distribution arm focuses on genre-specific films, and has launched with a six-film slate, including Karen Lam’s The Curse of Willow Song.

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Hot Sheet: Norbourg retains Canadian box office lead

Norbourg‘s total gross hit just under $535,000 for the week of May 6, while Jonathan Keijser’s Peace by Chocolate earned the highest per-theatre average in its opening week.

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Cineflix Productions film slate sells overseas

The slate includes a mix of holiday and true crime films commissioned by Lifetime.

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Former Hot Docs director Alan Black joins Canadaland as chief operating officer

Black will oversee all non-editorial operations for the podcast company and news organization, after leaving Hot Docs in early April.

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Thunderbird revenue dips slightly in Q3

The decrease in revenue and free cash flow are attributed to program delivery timings and production costs in the quarter, with the company still on track to increase overall revenue for the fiscal year-end.

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ACTRA members ratify new contract with Association of Canadian Advertisers

The one-year National Commercial Agreement will provide a 2% increase to all fees and rates.

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Wattpad Webtoon Studios, Fremantle to develop original fiction series

The companies plan to develop the stories in Europe, with a focus on Spanish, Italian and English-language content with global appeal.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for May 2 to 8, 2022

Moon Knight leads overall demand in Canada, with Ozark coming in at No. 2 on the digital demand list.

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Banijay Asia to produce Indian adaptation of Pixcom’s Vertige

The Banijay-owned production studio will produce the series in partnership with rights holder Armoza Formats.

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Cineplex says revenues approaching pre-pandemic levels in Q1 2022

The national theatre chain reported $228.7 million in revenue during the quarter despite a number of closures and restrictions, with films such as The Batman and Spider-Man: No Way Home driving attendance.

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Op-ed: The importance of Bill C-11 and getting it passed quickly

Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv Media Global, writes that Bill C-11 is critical in protecting Canada’s domestic distribution system.

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Wattpad Webtoon Studios, Leone Film Group to develop film slate

The companies also plan to produce the slate, based on original Wattpad stories, including the The Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair Holden.

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Deals: Super Channel, Corus Studios, Gusto TV, Blue Ant

Super Channel programs more Mystic for Heart & Home and pairs with Flair Airlines, Corus Studios inks development deal with Alexandra Gater, plus more.

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Boat Rocker CEO says ‘intrinsic value’ not reflected in share prices

The Toronto-based media company reported an 11% decrease in revenue for Q1 2022, with kids and family profits offsetting losses in television revenue.