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HireBIPOC to launch as streamlined staffing resource

Bell Media president Randy Lennox and BIPOC TV & Film founder Nathalie Younglai discuss building an industry-wide resource for staffing domestic and service productions.

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CRTC greenlights Corus’ request for CPE flexibility

Corus’ proposal, which was strongly opposed by a number of industry organizations last fall, was not granted in full, however.

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Big Brother Canada renewed at Global; Arisa Cox takes on EP role

Season nine of the the reality series, produced by Insight Productions, is slated to debut in spring 2021.

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Second Highway Thru Hell spin-off enters production

Mud Mountain, produced for Bell Media’s Discovery channel, will create around 300 jobs, many of them in rural B.C.

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Deals: Amazon, Sinking Ship, PNP

Dino Dana: The Movie goes international, Amazon Prime Video in Canada inks a deal with Sony and PNP announces new acquisitions for its summer slate.

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SLAXX, For the Sake of Vicious set for Fantasia

The Oak Room, Hail to the Deadites and Bleed With Me are also among the features selected for the virtual festival.

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Production demand swells in Vancouver as U.S. reopening plans falter

Consistently low COVID-19 numbers have paved the way for a late-summer production restart, as networks and studios begin to find workarounds to COVID-19 insurance issues.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for June 30 to July 6, 2020

Dark tops the Digital Original list again, while The Mandalorian comes in at #2 and Doom Patrol lands at #3.

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Telefilm launches investigation following misconduct allegations against employee

The film funder said it “wishes to cast light on these allegations, with the diligence that this requires.”

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In brief: Steven DeNure takes on strategic role at Aux Mode

Plus: The producers behind The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open launch a grant program, and incubator programs name winning projects.

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R.T. Thorne named chair of DGC BIPOC Members Committee

The Utopia Falls creator will lay out his vision for how the committee aims to engage BIPOC members in the coming days, according to DGC president Tim Southam.

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TLN hires former Blue Ant exec as VP

Laura Battiston will be involved in realizing original content projects that are available to advertisers to associate with and integrate into.

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Bron launches digital division

The new virtual production and service company has named industry veteran Jason Chen as its head of digital and unveiled its first project.

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eOne’s Bitten, Haven, Saving Hope sold to Olympusat

The Florida-based media company picked up 200 hours of content through a multi-year licensing agreement.

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Heritage unveils $27.8M in Phase 2 funds for audiovisual sector

The additional emergency funds will be distributed by Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund, with details on allocation to be announced “as soon as possible.”