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Dark Side of the Ring renewed for expanded third season

The professional wrestling series, produced by VICE Studios Canada in partnership with Bell Media’s Crave, has become the highest-rated show on VICE TV.

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Apple TV+, WildBrain expand Peanuts deal

New seasonal specials will be created by WildBrain, joining classic holiday content A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which the streamer just acquired.

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Deals: Boat Rocker Studios, Media Ranch, Cineflix Rights

Boat Rocker has inked a raft of international deals for preschool animation Remy & Boo, Media Ranch unveils a format partnership with South Korea’s Something Special, plus more.

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No Equal Entertainment pulls off a Faith Heist in Hamilton

No Equal principal J.B. Sugar directed and produced the drama for U.S. network Bounce TV.

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Randy Lennox to exit Bell Media in 2021

Bell group president and vice chair Wade Oosterman will assume leadership of the media company when Lennox departs on Jan. 4.

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Cineflix Rights fortifies scripted ambitions with SVP hire

U.K.-based Tom Misselbrook has been appointed SVP, scripted sales and development as the distribution arm of Cineflix Media looks to continue building momentum during a strong 2020.

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CBC’s Blades cleared to resume after positive COVID test

The two-hour live premiere will now air on Oct. 22, a week after the sixth season had been scheduled to debut.

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Thunderbird rides the streaming wave to revenue growth

The Vancouver company saw a 41% increase in revenue in fiscal 2020 as it increases its service production output to capitalize on the influx in streaming content demand.

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Behind the launch of Julie Bristow’s new venture, Content Catalyst Fund

VIDEO: The veteran content exec chats with Playback about amplifying the market potential of female stories and storytellers, new beginnings, CFF’s 25-project development slate and more.

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CBC greenlights LGBTQ comedy from Sienna Films

Sort Of, now shooting in Toronto, is created by playwright Bilal Baig and actor/writer/director Fab Filippo and follows a gender fluid Millennial trying to balance their identities.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2020

The Masked Singer holds onto the #1 spot, with Big Brother at #6 and #7 and the Weakest Link reboot at #10.

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Karma comes for Netflix

The streamer has ordered 40 x 11-minute episodes of new animated musical series from 9 Story Media Group and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.