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WGC virtually honours Dennis Heaton with showrunner award

The winners of the 24th annual WGC Awards were announced via YouTube by comedian Gavin Crawford, with Jann and Coroner earning the top prizes.


How a momentous TV event united Canadian networks

The story behind Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble, a 90-minute special that will span 120 platforms when it airs on April 26, from producer Insight Productions, Bell Media and CBC.


U.S. streamer BET+ picks up Diggstown from eOne

The first season of the Floyd Kane-created legal drama lands on BET+ as an original series, making it the first time Diggstown will be available in the U.S. market.


Martin Carrier to succeed Michel Trudel as MELS president

The video game developer exec will serve as SVP, business development and transition to the role of president when Trudel’s contract expires. (Carrier pictured)


CBC leads Canadian nods for virtual Rockie Awards

37 Canadian titles picked up nominations in the Banff World Media Festival’s annual awards show, which will be livestreamed on June 15 in place of a physical ceremony.


Nation’s broadcasters assemble for all-Canadian COVID-19 special

Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble is produced by Insight Productions, Bell Media Studios and CBC to show support for frontline workers and raise funds for Food Banks Canada.


Schitt’s Creek ends on a high note on CBC

The series finale pulled in an average audience of more than 1.2 million viewers and was the most-watched program on CBC Gem for the week of April 5 to 11.

Rev and Roll from WildBrain and Alpha Group

WildBrain’s Rev & Roll zooms into the global market

The CGI-animated preschool series has been picked up in more than 25 territories, including China, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Australia.


CMF launches COVID-19 information hub

The resource page will be regularly updated with details on financial support programs and relevant news to the industry as the funder sets its COVID-19 action plan. (Unlocked)


The new showrunners: Vagrant Queen’s Jem Garrard

The British-Canadian writer/director shares how working in the indie world prepared her for showrunning, and the advantages of shooting sci-fi in Cape Town.


Canadian Film Day streams on to celebrate homegrown film

Reel Canada is taking the annual Canadian film celebration online with curated film collections on streaming sites and a four-hour livestream on April 22.


How to manage mental health issues during COVID-19

Workplace mental health expert Jordan Friesen shares tips on how film and TV workers can cope during periods of uncertainty and what employers can do to help. (Unlocked)