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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.