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Deals: Portfolio Entertainment, Farpoint Films, Crave

Portfolio Entertainment picks up the global distribution rights to Decoys, while Farpoint Films options Strong Son.

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Thunderbird revenue doubles in Q2 as animation biz builds further momentum

The most recent quarter also represented the end of an era at the Vancouver-based company as co-founder and former CEO Tim Gamble stepped down from the board of directors.

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Entertainment One apologizes for ‘negative portrayal’ of Hasidic Jews in Nurses

Canadian and U.S. broadcasters have pulled a season one episode of Nurses after Jewish human rights groups spoke out against depictions of false stereotypes.

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NFB to create more equitable hiring practices as part of diversity roadmap

Among its pledges, the organization said it will create a pair of inclusion-focused managerial positions as it looks to build a more “egalitarian, open and diverse organization.”

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Feb. 8 to 14, 2021

Murdoch Mysteries claims the #29 spot, meanwhile The Rookie leads this week’s list.

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CMPA calls for code of practice in Bill C-10

The producers association took part in a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage meeting to discuss ways to address IP retention in a streamer-dominated landscape.

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Reel World Management to adapt Eternity Springs book series

Empire and The Cosby Show actor Phylicia Rashad is expected to star in the series, as well as executive produce.

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Schitt’s earns ensemble at ACTRA Awards for third year in a row

ACTRA Toronto’s ceremony also saw Outstanding Performance – Female go to Tamara Podemski (Coroner), while Jesse LaVercombe (Violation) was honoured with Outstanding Performance – Male.

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Updated filing reveals more details about Boat Rocker’s proposed IPO

The proceeds of the initial public offering would be between $175 million and $201.3 million, according to documents filed last week.

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AMC+ adds BRON Studios, Headline Pictures’ crime-drama Kin

Currently in production, the series is expected to debut this fall as an AMC+ Original.

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Quebecor Content brings The Masked Singer format to Canada

Productions Déferlantes will adapt the popular singing competition format for the Quebec market, set to premiere on TVA in the fall.

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TVA Group annual revenue falls by 10.8% in fiscal 2020

Overall revenue dropped to $508.1 million for the year, with the company’s broadcasting segment feeling the pinch of ad revenue declines.