TV

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How Corus is moving forward in the new normal of today’s media landscape

EVP broadcast networks Troy Reeb tells Playback Daily how Corus is maintaining its place as a competitive Canadian broadcaster in the face of mounting challenges at home and abroad.

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VIFF board names Kyle Fostner as new executive director

Vancouver International Film Festival ends 18-month search following Jacqueline Dupuis’ 2019 resignation.

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Strong U.S. streaming viewership gives Heartland momentum as S15 gets underway

According to Nielsen data for the U.S., Heartland was the seventh most-streamed acquired series on the week of May 10 to 16, with 341 million minutes streamed.

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In brief: New podcast series goes behind the scenes of Canadian film

Plus, Sherry Media Group is gearing up for the second instalment of The Impact Series, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards 2021 set for one-hour broadcast on CBC.

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Pixomondo, William F. White strike $30M virtual production partnership

The two companies will co-rent virtual production equipment at two stages in Toronto and Vancouver, currently in construction, with plans for additional Canadian locations for 2022.

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Big Brother Canada hits the big one-oh

Global renewed the reality series for a 10th season, with host Arisa Cox continuing her expanded role as an executive producer.

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Upfronts ’21: Bell Media and TikTok team to relaunch MuchMusic

The pop-culture brand will return as a digital network on TikTok with the relaunch of classic shows, as well as a new lineup of diverse VJs to present its content.

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NBCUniversal secures rights to Radio-Canada format Conversations With My Parents

NBCUniversal Formats to adapt single-camera comedy for Middle East, Asia and Eastern European markets.

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Assurart announces Canada’s first coronavirus production insurance product

Montreal-based entertainment insurance firm Assurart unrolls details on country’s first COVID insurance product.

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Hot sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 24 to 30, 2021

The Good Doctor leads the list, followed by 9-1-1 at No. 2 and The Masked Singer at No. 3.

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Upfronts ’21: Children Ruin Everything, The Amazing Race Canada headline Bell Media schedule

Bell Media also commissioned new Crave originals including a Letterkenny spinoff, doc series Thunder Bay, marblemedia’s A Cut Above, a family drama from Rezolution Pictures, as well as a raft of French-language originals.

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9 Story teams up with NBPA on new shows

The Toronto-based media group is going for a slam dunk right from the tip-off with hybrid series King of the Court and live-action project Streetball.