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Corus launches new multi-channel Global app with free content

Corus is bringing its channels under one umbrella, with select unscripted content from Food Network Canada and HGTV Canada available to stream for free.


Syfy orders supernatural series from Blue Ice Pictures

The Surrealtor, from the prodco behind Vagrant Queen (pictured), has received a straight-to-series order from NBCUniversal channel Syfy and is expected to premiere in 2021.


Family Law opens for business

Principal photography for the Global drama, produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, begins March 2, with an all-Canadian cast.

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In brief: Podcast Crime Beat gets the TV treatment

Global also expanded its episode order for the latest season of reality series Big Brother Canada, while Toronto’s N5 Pictures unveils a new title.


How Sphere Media Plus and Bell Media brought Transplant to life

The evolution from a pitch concept based on producer Tara Woodbury’s family history to CTV’s newest Canadian prime time original medical drama.


CBC boosts collaboration with Germany’s ZDF

The pubcasters signed an MOU at Berlinale to codevelop scripted and factual content, marking CBC’s third strategic international partnership in less than a year.


In brief: A new indie film streamer arrives in Canada

Plus: Sonic the Hedgehog rings up $37.5 million in B.C. production spend and Digital Dimension opens kids and animation-focused divisions.

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Anne with an E sweeps ACTRA awards

Meanwhile, Hotel Transylvania: The Series dominates the voice category and Schitt’s Creek wins the ensemble award for the second consecutive year.


Take the Shot boards French series Maroni

The Newfoundland-based prodco will coproduce season two of the ARTE Worldwide original with FrenchKiss Pictures, now in production.


Nurses to start its second shift in March

Production on season two of Global’s medical procedural will launch in Toronto, with two new cast members set to scrub in.


Breakthrough, Black Fawn spark Vicious Fun with Turner LatAm

The Toronto prodcos have partnered with Turner Latin America’s production banner to develop, co-finance and produce genre titles, starting with horror Vicious Fun.

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Brad Peyton to receive CFC’s Creative Excellence award

The Newfoundland-born director behind Frontier and San Andreas will receive the honour at a reception in L.A. in March.