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CMF invests $349M in Canadian TV and digi projects

The organization’s 2019/20 Annual Report noted that programs were almost fully subscribed and that every $1 of CMF funding generated $4.12 in production activity.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug. 17 to 23, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #3 and #9, while Big Brother lands at #4, #7 and #8.

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Joseph Kay on Transplant’s rise

The showrunner, creator, writer and executive producer discusses the medical drama starring Hamza Haq ahead of its U.S. debut on NBC today.

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WIFT Toronto lays out new strategic plan, expanded remit

The organization has committed to ensuring that 50% of the mentees for its flagship Connect Mentorship program are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour.

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Insight execs on remounting production in the age of COVID-19

A behind-the-scenes look at how Insight Productions is getting ready to go into production on large-scale unscripted titles including Top Chef Canada and Battle of the Blades.

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Deals: Cineflix Rights, Gusto, Spin Master

U.K.-based TV content distributor Cineflix Rights picks up four new factual series, BOSS TV adds Gusto TV to its lineup, plus more.

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Submissions open for Playback’s 10 to Watch

The annual feature that recognizes up-and-coming talent will focus on 10 racially diverse industry professionals; nomination deadline is Sept. 21.

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Employable Me secures fourth season

The award-winning docuseries from Toronto’s Thomas Howe Associates will return for six episodes, with production tentatively set to start this fall.

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Exec moves at Wow! as company reports Q2 revenue tumble

Chief creative officer Fred Seibert is resigning from the company, while its subsidiary Frederator is undergoing restructuring to reduce overhead.

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The Surrealtor sets up shop in Newfoundland

Wynonna Earp and Schitt’s Creek stars Tim Rozon and Sarah Levy headline the cast of the Blue Ice Pictures-produced paranormal series.

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CAB sounds alarm on future of local TV, radio

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters says urgent regulatory relief is needed to prevent a revenue shortfall of $1 billion, and the closure of dozens of TV and radio stations.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug. 10 to 16, 2020

Big Brother comes in at #3, #6 and #7, while Mary’s Kitchen Crush lands at #22.