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Canadian Screen Awards cancelled due to COVID-19

The Canadian Academy is currently working on how to issue refunds for the broadcast gala, as well as how to honour its nominees without the event.


Production halted on Vancouver set over potential COVID-19 exposure

U.S. series Riverdale is the first Canadian-based production to suspend operations, while the March 15 Juno Awards ceremony has been cancelled.

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Cineworld continues with Cineplex deal in face of coronavirus concerns

The U.K. theatre chain maintains deal will close but protracted virus crisis may ‘cast doubt’ over ability to stay in business.

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BANFF adds African media mogul Mo Abudu to Summit Series

The EbonyLife founder will discuss her experience as an entrepreneur in a keynote talk aimed at participants of the BANFF Spark accelerator.


DATSIT Sphere acquires BGM from Kew Media

The deal marks DATSIT Sphere’s first foray into English-language factual production as BGM follows Frantic Films in the Canadian prodco exit from Kew.


Ottawa councillors approve $40M loan for soundstage campus

The soundstage and creative hub, which was proposed by the Ottawa Film Office and TriBro in 2018, is expected to begin operations in late 2021.

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JANN, Coroner, Schitt’s Creek top WGC Award’s drama, comedy noms

Jennica Harper, Jann Arden and Dan Levy are among this year’s crop of nominees for the awards, which will be handed out at a gala ceremony on April 27.


Minister Steven Guilbeault to open BANFF

The Minister of Canadian Heritage will deliver a keynote address during opening ceremonies on June 14 as part of his first appearance at the festival.

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OMNI renews Blood and Water, Second Jen

Both series broke CSA records by being the first OMNI programs to earn nominations for Best Drama (Blood and Water) and Best Comedy (Second Jen).


CSAs ’20: TV’s new contenders on their paths to nomination

The producers of six of Canada’s newest Canadian Screen Awards-nominated series share the journey from development and production to the Academy ballot.


Transplant gives CTV a Wednesday night ratings win

The Sphere Media Plus-produced medical drama pulled in an average audience of 1.3 million on its Wednesday premiere, leading its 9 p.m. timeslot.


Citytv, Brain Power find a perfect match with The Wedding Planners

Brain Power Studio founder Beth Stevenson shares how Citytv popped the question to greenlight the series and how it fits into their growth strategy.