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Beyond International inks deal for TCB Media Rights

The Australia-based producer acquired TCB from the administrators of the now-collapsed Kew Media Group.

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Solid gains for domestic production, FLS growth slows: CMPA Profile

Total production spending in Canada climbed to $9.32 billion in 2018/19, with across-the-board growth for domestic film and television.


Discovery Canada: Capturing the nation’s imagination for 25 years

The specialty channel came in at the ground floor of the internet age and reinvented itself to remain on the cutting edge of programming innovation.

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In brief: TIFF, Cineplex to keep the lights dimmed for now

Plus: The Schitt’s Creek cast gives back, TELUS boosts the team behind its original docs and filmmaker initiative, and Rafael Kalamat departs CIFF.

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Filmmaker Giles Walker dies

The Scottish-born writer, director and producer, who started his career with the NFB in 1974, was a key figure in the organization’s development of alternative dramas.

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T.O. Film Office confirms it won’t issue permits for up to 12 weeks

The Toronto Film Office said it will comply with all orders from Toronto Public Health, meaning production will likely remain at a standstill until late June. (Unlocked)

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Four Canadian projects selected for online Hot Docs Forum

Documentaries from Canadian prodcos Catbird and Clique Pictures are among the 21 projects selected for the revamped digital forum.

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Corus’ TV ratings surge, but how to monetize uptick remains unclear

COVID-19: The company is cancelling its 2020 upfront as it focuses on managing costs and sorting through regulatory issues created by the pandemic. (Unlocked)

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 16 to 22, 2020

Big Brother Canada claims the #13 and #15 spots, followed by Transplant at #23.

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Quiver Distribution picks up Tammy’s Always Dying

The dark comedy directed by Amy Jo Johnson is expected to roll out on digital platforms everywhere on May 1.

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Bell unveils more details about Quibi programs

NewsDay by CTV News will be hosted by Heather Butts, while NewsNight by CTV News will be helmed by Reshmi Nair.


Netflix cancels V-Wars, October Faction

Both series, produced by Toronto’s High Park Entertainment and publisher IDW, ran for one season on the streamer.

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Frontieres executive director to depart

After six years of leading the genre industry initiative, Lindsay Peters will exit the organization this week.

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‘Be nice and nimble:’ Paul Bronfman’s advice in a crisis

The William F. White International head says the safety and security of employees is priority number one, while the industry works hard to survey the financial damage. (Unlocked)

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NEON nabs U.S. rights to Cronenberg’s Possessor

The Antiviral filmmaker’s second feature film will be released by the American distributor, while Well Go USA handles the sci-fi thriller’s home entertainment release.