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Blue Ant reveals fall acquisitions for its suite of specialty channels

The media company has acquired around a dozen titles as it continues to build its ‘pandemic-proof’ programming schedule for the fall and beyond.

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Lady Dicks rolls into production

Principal photography has officially begun for the CBC buddy-cop drama, co-created by Tassie Cameron and Sherry White, with additional cast members and creatives announced.

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Deals: Sinking Ship, Violation, Cup of Cheer

Sinking Ship Entertainment reveals new sales, while TIFF-set Violation gains Altitude, and Indiecan Entertainment and APL Film clink with Christmas comedy Cup of Cheer.

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Daniel Grou, Nathan Morlando among DGC TV noms

Vikings is up for the directorial achievement in dramatic series, while CBC productions have a hold on the directorial achievement in a comedy series section.

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Jann leads CTV fall lineup dominated by unscripted shows

Corner Gas Animated will return to CTV Comedy Channel, while HBO Max originals Raised by Wolves and Love Life make their way to Sci-Fi and Drama, respectively.

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In brief: Rodeo FX expands Quebec footprint

Plus: APTN preps the debut of its original anthology series Amplify and Corus’ digital agency so.da launches its latest branded project.

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NSI’s New Indigenous Voices tunes into a new frequency

The CBC-backed initiative is shifting its focus to podcast-based storytelling for its 2020 edition, with the Winnipeg-headquartered organization unveiling a new nine-person cohort.

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TVA sets its fall schedule

Singing competition La voix leads a lineup of new and returning series, including scripted dramas, variety series and unscripted shows.

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How unscripted shows are tackling virtual casting, insurance and the stresses of showrunning

Insight Productions execs chat with Playback about finding a window of opportunity to remount production, insurance issues, and how showrunners are coping with fresh challenges amid the pandemic.

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Transplant’s NBC debut wins its timeslot

The Canadian medical procedural was the most-watched series in its 10 p.m. timeslot on Monday for its U.S. broadcast debut on NBC.

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Arcana, Gasolina take on My Brother the Monster

Arcana CEO and founder Sean Patrick O’Reilly penned all episodes of the Canada/Mexico copro created by Mexico’s Ernesto Molina.

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eOne backs new Mark Gordon venture

Mark Gordon Pictures, a new production venture from eOne’s former TV and film president, has outposts in L.A., New York and London.