Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Nov. 2 to 8, 2020

Departure comes in at #11, while Private Eyes ties on the list at #16.

Simon Barry

Thunderbird developing scripted series based on Wernher Von Braun

Simon Barry is attached as EP, writer and director on the project about the controversial and pioneering aerospace engineer.

Matt Shewchuk

Matt Shewchuk unveils new prodco Big Time Decent Productions

The Vancouver-based company has inked a number of talent deals and made a pair of key hires, including the appointment of Rene Brar as head of development.

Wynonna Earp

Wynonna Earp rides off with People’s Choice Award

The series starring Melanie Scrofano previously picked up the award for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show in 2018.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch roundtable – part one

VIDEO: The first five recipients of this year’s 10 to Watch sit down for a deep-dive discussion on barriers to entering the industry, Indigenous narrative sovereignty and opportunities in streaming.


Pinewood Toronto Studios expansion to complete in 2022

Construction has started on a 200,000 square-foot expansion of Pinewood Toronto, including five new soundstages and additional office space for multiple productions.


Shudder revives Slasher for season four

Canadian horror legend David Cronenberg joins the cast of Shaftesbury’s horror anthology, with Hollywood Suite holding exclusive broadcast rights in Canada.

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In brief: Guru Studio hires Lauren Leinburd for business affairs role

Plus: The CRTC sets a date for CBC’s licence renewal hearing, The Umbrella Academy plots its return to Toronto in 2021 and WFF names its Women in Focus Mentorship participants.

Burden of Truth

In-production projects cleared to continue in Manitoba

The provincial government has confirmed that projects already underway are permitted to continue shooting, as it implements heightened restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Jus Reign

Comedy based on the life of Jus Reign in the works at CBC

Pier 21 is producing the in-development project, with Russell Peters attached as an executive producer.


Nurses travelling to the U.S. for NBC

Following Transplant‘s pick up, the Toronto-set medical drama from eOne and ICF Films has joined the network’s primetime lineup.

Burden of Truth

Manitoba productions ordered to shut down as province implements COVID lockdown measures

With the provincial government set to issue a final order later today, the local screen sector has mounted a lobbying effort urging the government to allow in-production projects to be completed.