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Family Channel acquires Sinking Ship’s Lockdown

The WildBrain-owned network picked up second-window rights to the confinement-focused series created by J.J. Johnson.

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Shaftesbury brings its latest branded content to Crave for Pride

SVP, branded entertainment Kaaren Whitney-Vernon shares how their track record with authentic LGBTQ representation made them an attractive partner to Dove.

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CMF earmarks $13.3M of COVID-19 funds for underrepresented groups

Around $4 million will be reserved for companies and organizations owned and led by Black people or People of Colour.

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Deals: Northern Banner, Brainstorm Media, Super Channel

Northern Banner nabs Hot Docs winner The Walrus and the Whistleblower for Canada, while Brainstorm Media picks up the U.S. rights to The Cuban, plus more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for June 23 to 29, 2020

Dark lands at the top of the Digital Original list, while The Mandalorian and 13 Reasons Why come in at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Spin Master taps Disney alum for franchise growth

Following a “challenging” Q1, Heather Oster has joined the company as its VP of global franchise development after stints at Universal Pictures and Pixar.

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In brief: VIFF builds digital platform for its 39th edition

Plus: The ISO partners with Sundance, Breakthroughs names its short film winners and the Canada Council for the Arts has given $250,000 in emergency funds for Indigenous artists.

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Lighthouse Pictures taps Trevor McWhinney as VP of production

The veteran producer known for reality series Gotta Grudge? will oversee production on all film and TV projects from the prodco.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 15 to 21, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #2, followed by The Titan Games at #5 and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at #6.

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How BIPOC TV & Film has helped lead the industry’s push for change

Founder Nathalie Younglai and communications and outreach lead Gillian Muller on their work to reduce barriers for BIPOC creatives and the impact of receiving support from the top.

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‘A unique show for a unique moment’: inside CBC’s July 1 plans

Producers behind CBC’s Canada Day programming discuss how they are executing an innovative, socially distanced variety show in the midst of a pandemic.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for June 19 to 25, 2020

The Invisible Man took the #1 spot, followed by Bad Boys for Life at #2 and Bloodshot at #3.

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Sundance plans for hybrid festival; multiple cities for screenings

The news comes after TIFF last week said it will shift to a hybrid model for 2020, combining live premieres, “drive-in” screenings and a virtual component.

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Federgreen, Lucky Dime option 10 Minutes from Home

Author Bill Howard will script the adaptation, while Federgreen Entertainment’s Avi Federgreen and Lucky Dime Films’ Laura Tremblay are set to produce.

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Deals: Minerva Pictures, Netflix, PNP

Minerva Pictures picks up director Sean Cisterna’s From the Vine, while Netflix adds Studio Ghibli titles to its Canadian catalogue and PNP nabs Odd Man Rush.