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Love Nature orders Ireland’s Wild Islands from Crossing the Line

The blue-chip series is hosted by Eoin Warner and directed by documentary filmmaker John Murray.

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Deals: Corus, Cineflix Rights, Blue Ant

Global adds two award-winning newsmagazines ahead of its Upfront, while Apple teams with Cineflix Rights and Kan 11 to co-produce Tehran.

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Behind the ‘humbling’ experience of making Trickster

The team behind Trickster took part in a BANFF panel to discuss how the industry should rethink colonial values in production when it comes to Indigenous narrative sovereignty.

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CRTC denies Blue Ant Media’s request to reduce PNI requirement

The Commission determined the broadcaster did not give “sufficient justification” to reduce the required PNI spend from 13.5% to 5% for its eight channels.

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CBC backs 119 projects through Creative Relief Fund

Twenty of those projects were greenlit for production, including two unscripted titles and 15 short documentaries.

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Lark Productions acquires TV rights to sci-fi comic series

The Vancouver-based prodco will develop and produce a TV series based on the Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen comics Descender and Ascender.

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TVA focuses on family-friendly fall season

Some returning shows have been pushed to winter 2021, while one show was cancelled altogether due in part to production concerns.

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Media leaders talk insurance, co-commissioning during pandemic

Insurance remains an unanswered question as companies examine risk on a project-by-project basis, execs from Lionsgate, HBO Max, Yes Studios and CBC told BANFF delegates.

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Updated Broadcasting Act to be tabled in fall, says Heritage minister

Steven Guilbeault said the government is “trying to find a solution” to the COVID-19 insurance problem, and provided details on phase-two emergency funds, in his opening BANFF remarks.

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Citytv renews Hudson & Rex for season three

Production on the canine-police procedural is scheduled to begin next month.

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The CW stocks up on Fridge Wars

Co-created and co-produced by CBC and The Gurin Company, the culinary competition format will debut on the U.S. net this August.

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Paul Heaney, Dina Subhani exit TCB Media Rights

The departure comes two months after TCB, formerly owned by Kew Media, was sold to Beyond International without founder Heaney’s consent.