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UPDATED: Events and productions impacted by COVID-19

With the situation rapidly evolving, Playback will be updating this post with information on what productions and events have been affected.

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Media Ranch expands footprint with consultant hires

The producer-distributor has also acquired two unscripted formats from Ireland and optioned two factual formats.

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Discovery U.S. buys Saloon’s The Bryk Retreat

Blue Ant International sold 320 hours of programming from across its catalogue, including Witches of Salem, Detention Adventure and Best Cake Wins.

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Arcana Studio adds new development, marketing leads

The comic book publisher and animation studio has named Lauren Gillies as head of development while Josh Hamelin will lead its ongoing marketing strategies.

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We Are One schedules raft of Canadian titles

Amreeka, Throat Singing in Kangirsuk, Ivory Burn and seven projects from the NFB are among the lineup.

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CSAs ’20: Cardinal, Schitt’s Creek emerge as big scripted winners

The fan favourites, which both signed off for the final time recently, were named best drama and comedy, respectively, claiming 13 prizes between them.

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Upfronts ’20: CBC renews Trickster ahead of premiere

The pubcaster also renewed Family Feud Canada, Battle of the Blades, TallBoyz and Frankie Drake, while decisions on others are pending due to COVID-19 uncertainty.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 11 to 17, 2020

Transplant climbs to #6, while Cardinal clocks out at #10.

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Brightlight taps Emily Alden as head of development

The former PNP exec will oversee the Vancouver prodco’s film and TV development slate for domestic and international markets.

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Boat Rocker sprints into a new line of business

The company tells Playback exclusively about the launch of Evolve Functional Fitness, a video-based functional fitness program cultivated through its Ventures division.

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CSAs ’20: Holly Hobbie, Amazing Race Canada top night two winners

Mary’s Kitchen Crush, PAW Patrol and Corner Gas Animated also picked up multiple prizes as the Academy honoured lifestyle, reality and children’s and youth programs.

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Coroner scores third season, sells to Channel 4

Season three, which is currently in pre-production, sees executive producer Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope) continue on in her role as showrunner.

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After Kew: takeaways from a turbulent, career-defining time

In part two, prodco heads discuss how the shutdown affected them, forging ahead in a world without production, optimism for the future and takeaways from their years under KMG.

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CSAs ’20: ‘We Will Stand Up’ wins Best Feature Length doc

The virtual ceremony celebrating doc and factual also saw The Accountant of Auschwitz, Disasters at Sea, Mr. Jane and Finch and Engraved on a Nation: On the Line honoured.

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Netflix audiences adopt The Willoughbys

The latest family flick from Bron Animation was viewed by approximately 37.6 million households in a four-week period, according to the streamer.

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TVNZ serves up Gusto TV

The food and lifestyle channel from Gusto Worldwide Media is the first and only food programming to air on TVNZ’s AVOD platform.