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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.”

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 22 to 28, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #1, while World of Dance and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. land at #5 and #7, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for June 26 to July 2, 2020

The Hunt leads the list, followed by Dolittle at #2 and Bad Boys for Life at #3.

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Bell Media hires GM, programming and strategies acquisition

Joining the Quebec team later this month, Lucie Quenneville will report to VP, French-language content development and programming Suzane Landry.

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Babe Nation’s Ghost BFF returns for season two

After a successful first season, additional funders boarded season two of the Vanessa Matsui-created project, nearly tripling the budget to more than $700,000.