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How the pandemic is accelerating content trends

BANFF 2020: Panelists discussed how SVOD stacking, “inclusion analytics” and the emergence of PVOD are changing the content business permanently.


Blue Ant pivots gaming strategy with Omnia Media sale

Enthusiast Gaming will acquire Omnia to form North America’s largest gaming and esports platform, with Blue Ant gaining 18% ownership in Enthusiast and a seat on the board.


Deals: Nelvana/Spin Master, Gusto, OUTtv

Nelvana and Spin Master unveils new deals, while two Gusto Worldwide Media shows head to So Yummy TV and OUTtv adds a new comedy to its fall lineup.

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Cineplex revenue plummets 95% as cinema closures hit Q2

While the exhibitor took a number of swift measures to curtail costs, it has experienced a cash burn of approximately $18 million per month since the onset of the pandemic.


Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Aug. 4 to 10, 2020

The Umbrella Academy beats The Mandalorian out of the top spot again, while The Boys comes in at #4.

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Fortunate Son, Heartland and Tribal up for Best Drama Series

The best feature category for the 2020 Alberta Film & Television Awards also includes Harpoon, while Red Earth Uncovered is among the Best Documentary Series nominees.

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CBC gets Feudal with Six Eleven Media, eOne

Created by Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz), production on the eight-part drama series is now underway in Nova Scotia.


Sim to open ninth B.C. studio in September

The Golden Ears studio will add another 120,000 square feet of studio space for Vancouver-based productions and is already booked into next summer.

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Telefilm backs 10 Indigenous-led projects in $4M funding round

The film funder said the number of applications has more than doubled since the Indigenous Stream launched four years ago.


In brief: Global film lab launched for women, non-binary-led features

Plus: NFB to world premiere immersive VR projects in Venice and Calgary’s Kidoodle.TV invests in safe streaming for U.S. audiences.

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David Way named president at Great Pacific Media following Blair Reekie’s departure

Wendy McKernan was also promoted to COO at Thunderbird’s factual division.

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Rogers Group of Funds supports 29 documentary projects

White Pine Pictures’ Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power in the Blood and Screen Siren Pictures’ Children of the Church were among those that secured funding.

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Murdoch Mysteries goes to camera on 14th season

The Shaftesbury-produced series is among a raft of CBC scripted titles set to shoot in Ontario over the next six weeks, with the pubcaster reducing the episode order to 11.


CBC shells out for marblemedia’s next project

Production is now underway in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy for a reality competition that pits sand sculptors against the rising Atlantic Coast tide.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, July 27 to Aug. 2, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #3, while World of Dance and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. land at #5 and #7, respectively.