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Island of Bryan sets its U.S. debut with a new title

U.S. network HGTV picked up the first season from Corus Studios with the revamped title of Renovation Island, set to premiere June 7.


In brief: Atomic Cartoons series up for Peabody Award

Plus: A Canadian screenwriter is in development on a series about Rob Ford with AMC and a Vancouver studio is up for two Webby Awards.


Fae Pictures ups its development capacity with two exec hires

Founder Shant Joshi explains how the company is able to expand during uncertain times and how Canada’s COVID-19 response may ‘redefine service production.’


Canadian Academy CEO on the CSAs virtual rollout

Beth Janson shares how the Academy has found an engaging way to honour the nominees online and via social media channels from May 25 to 28.


EyeSteelFilm’s Bob Moore wins Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award

The Montreal-based producer is the 15th recipient of the award and has four films set for Hot Docs, including the festival’s opening film Softie.


WGC re-elects Dennis Heaton for second term

The 2020-22 term sees a long-standing member step down and a new addition to council, with Heaton leading the WGC through “a period of unprecedented change.”


How producer Loretta Todd kept cameras rolling during COVID-19

The producer behind APTN children’s series Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show leaned on the Indigenous community to keep season three in production.


Telefilm selects 15 films for $2.1-million theatrical doc program

Among the chosen are Suzanne Crocker’s Hot Docs selection First We Eat and projects from Jennifer Baichwal and Jennifer Holness.


‘Stronger Together’ breaks Canadian ratings record

Roughly one-third of Canadians watched some part of the 90-minute COVID-19 charity special produced by Insight Productions, Bell Media and CBC.


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.