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What to expect from the XFL in Canada

The “all-new” football league drew 1.6 million Canadian viewers across four league-opening games.

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CRTC hears interventions on Bell Media’s proposed V acquisition

Quebecor stood firm in its stance against the deal, while a number of associations disputed Bell Media’s request to lower French-language PNI expenditure requirements.

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Deals: Raven Banner, Untitled, Discovery Kids Media

Raven Banner Entertainment signs deals for two SXSW Midnighters, while Untitled Entertainment picks up the TV and digital rights to Better Luck Next Time, and more.

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

The Mandalorian continues to lead, while Star Trek: Picard (pictured) and The Witcher land at #2 and #3, respectively.

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MacLeod unveils Ontario film and TV advisory panel members

Cinespace VP Jim Mirkopoulos will serve as chair, while Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings has been tapped as its vice chair.

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Nurses among quartet of eOne titles heading to Europe

NBCUniversal International in Germany acquired Nurses, Burden of Truth and two others, in addition to the fourth season of Private Eyes.

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In brief: Netflix’s first Quebec film to premiere in Montreal

Plus: Anthropocene directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier take over Toronto’s Human Rights Watch fest and a new Montreal VFX studio opens.

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Photo gallery: CMPA Prime Time 2020

A selection of photos from a lively 48 hours in Ottawa following the release of the BTLR panel’s long-awaited recommendations report.

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Has streaming actually changed the way we consume content?

More than half of Boomers binge-watch on a monthly basis, and Gen Z have the strongest preferences toward Crave.

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DOC appoints NFB’s Michelle van Beusekom as executive director

The former executive director, programming and production for the NFB’s English program replaces Mathieu Dagonas.

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Cineplex-Cineworld deal gets shareholder approval

The $2.8 billion transaction remains on course to close before June 30, said Cineplex president and CEO Ellis Jacob, as the company announced its Q4 financials.

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TIFF Next Wave’s Co-Lab opens the door for young creators

TIFF’s manager of youth and community initiatives Steph Guthrie explains how the single-day industry conference focuses on how to get a film seen rather than made.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2020

The Curse of Oak Island claims the #22 spot, while Murdoch Mysteries lands on the list at #29.

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Netflix picks up new Spin Master series

Mighty Express marks the first time the Toronto-headquartered company has launched a series directly via a streaming service.

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CBC, NBCUniversal Int’l Studios team for Lady Dicks

Co-created by Sherry White and Tassie Cameron, the buddy cop drama stars Baroness von Sketch Show‘s Meredith MacNeill and Orange Is The New Black‘s Adrienne C. Moore.