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CSAs ’21: Canada’s Drag Race sashays away with five wins

The winners of the news, documentary, reality and lifestyle categories were announced on night one of the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards.

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BREAKING: Bell Media drama production execs depart

Recent Bell Media production and programming exits have led to new executive appointments at CBC and Corus Entertainment.

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Fremantle International promotes Canadian office head, Michela Di Mondo

Di Mondo has been upped to EVP, distribution and sales, Canada, and will continue focus on local adaptations of international formats, finished tape sales, coproductions and brand integrations.

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Sphere Media names Denis Rozon EVP, CFO

Rozon, who joins from TVA Group where he served as VP of productions, operations and technologies, will have oversight of all Sphere Media’s subsidiaries.

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Beth Janson talks the future of the Canadian Academy, Bill C-10

As Canadian Screen Week 2021 gets underway, the Canadian Academy’s CEO discusses the need for awards organizations to keep evolving, hopes for future iterations of the CSAs and how the domestic industry must speak with one voice on legislative reforms.

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Kyle Irving to receive Order of Manitoba

Irving is the second Eagle Vision partner to receive the provincial honour, following Lisa Meeches in 2017.

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McGillivray Entertainment Media hires producer Kelly Wray

Wray (pictured) joins the Scott McGillivray-fronted prodco as executive producer to oversee its lifestyle programming.

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Hybrid work ‘forevermore’: Canadian studio heads prep for post-pandemic working world

During a CASO panel, animation and post-production heads including Jennifer Twiner McCarron and Dennis Berardi discussed the happy medium of virtual-physical work and what that means for business.

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So.da harnesses trending data for new digital-first series

The five new in-house produced shows are creator-focused and will live across so.da’s social and digital platforms.

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Boat Rocker Media sees 24% revenue growth in Q1 2021

Production revenue of its unscripted content drove revenue growth as the company completed its initial public offering, raising gross proceeds of $170.1 million.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for May 4 to 10, 2021

Toronto-shot The Handmaid’s Tale holds the #2 spot in Digital Originals, while Amazon Prime Video’s Invincible and The Boys land at #8 and #10, respectively.

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New studio space under construction to meet Winnipeg’s swelling production demand

A group of Vancouver-based private investors are financing construction on Big Sky Studios, a new studio facility with three soundstages.

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In brief: TJFF’s Micki Moore Award won by Canadian for first time

Plus, the NSI welcomes five P.E.I. producers for a new pilot program and Food Network Canada sets a cheese-y docuseries to debut this June.

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Four Farpoint-produced series acquired by Super Channel

Documentary series My Misdiagnosis is set to debut next month, while true-crime show Heartland Homicide and two other unscripted projects will launch over the next year.

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Amazon, ISO name recipients of $100K pitch program

The 10 creative teams – five scripted and five unscripted – were given $10,000 each to develop their projects for a two-day pitch event with Amazon Studios executives.