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Shaftesbury appoints Liz Levine as senior producer and VP of television

The veteran producer said the Toronto prodco has supported her throughout her career and joining it “feels a lot like coming home.”

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Telefilm Canada announces $5.5M in production funding for French-language features

Pascal Plante’s Les chambres rouges and Jean-François Leblanc’s Vil et misérable are among the eight films funded under the Production Program.

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In brief: Canadian feature Labour Day to debut at Cinequest

Plus: WildBrain Spark, Animation Café are producing a Sunny Bunnies spinoff, Netflix’s Toronto office is unaffected by the streamer’s latest layoffs, and more.

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Hot Sheet: Stranger Things still trumps overall TV demand

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ came in second and Prime Video’s The Boys rose on both the digital originals and overall TV charts for the week of June 13 to 19.

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Former Bell Media exec Tony Leadman joins Weather Channel

Leadman will lead international distribution for the network’s primetime programming and original series.

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CRTC renews CBC/Radio-Canada licences with ‘more modern and flexible framework’

The licences include new spending requirements for more diverse content, and allowance of digital expenditures toward regulatory requirements.

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Blue Ant Media announces three greenlights, one renewal

Cub Camp, American Doomsday and Haunted Lost and Found are bound for the company’s specialty TV platforms, and Mysteries from Above is set for season two.

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Canadian copro Saules aveugles, femme endormie wins at Annecy

The animated feature film was produced by companies from Canada, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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Seven public broadcasters issue open call for science docs

Sunny Side ’22: CBC is among the pubcasters in an initiative looking for high-quality science doc films.

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Workin’ Moms to end after its seventh season

Production is underway in Toronto on the final season of the CBC and Netflix original comedy, created by Catherine Reitman.

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Shaw, Rogers agree to sell Freedom Mobile to Quebecor

The deal is an effort to appease regulators who are otherwise looking to block their merger but Competition Bureau filings suggest it may not be enough.

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Boat Rocker snags rights to ‘ornery pussycat’ story Bad Kitty

The Toronto-based media company plans to develop an animated television series based on the children’s book series by Nick Bruel.