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OUTtv greenlights four original series

The LGBTQ+ network also named six returning titles, including docuseries Pride and the previously announced Avocado Toast.

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Peanuts Worldwide preps for global growth with international SVP

Lisa Silverman Meyers will oversee international business for Peanuts on the heels of significant consumer products revenue growth at WildBrain.

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New Brunswick doubles production incentive to stabilize local film industry

Race Against the Tide producer and N.B. native Mark Bishop says the investment is the “beginning of the next chapter” for the province’s screen sector.

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W Network greenlights four original TV movies

The four-film series The Love Club is produced by the Nikki Ray Media Agency, with Corus Studios handling international distribution.

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Writers Guild of Canada names new 2022-2024 council

Among those serving the new two-year term is Alex Levine, who resumes his role as president of the council and has been re-elected as Central Region councillor.

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Amazon Freevee greenlights family-friendly series from Sinking Ship, eOne

Live-action dramedy Beyond Black Beauty and competition series Play-Doh Squished will both air on the AVOD’s free streaming service in 2023.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for April 18 to 24, 2022

Survivor leads ratings for the week, while Big Brother Canada takes three spots in the top 30.

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Saskatchewan ups production grant cap to $5M, adds regional bonuses

The Feature Film & Television Production Grant received significant new investment from the provincial government in March.

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Oh, Canada: Rick Mercer on the state of the industry

The political satirist and author talks about working with small budgets, his hopes for Canada’s film industry, and his advice for emerging creatives.

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New Canada-France coproduction treaty takes effect

The agreement signed last summer and officially implemented May 1 covers the areas of film, television and on-demand audiovisual media services.

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Deals: HGTV Canada, so.da, The Other End, HighballTV

HGTV Canada, so.da and Behr Paint Company partner on Paint School, The Other End signs exclusive partnership with PhaseSpace, and HighballTV acquires the doc The Cost of Freedom.

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APTN highlights ‘Ocean Warriors’ with new docuseries

Created, directed and produced by Steve Sxwithul’txw, the 13 x 30-minute series follows Canada’s first Indigenous-led Coast Guard Auxiliary in B.C.