TV

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Alberta film, TV tax credit increased to 30% for locally-owned projects

The tax credit was announced in the province’s 2019 budget to replace the Screen-Based Production Grant, and initially placed a 22% cap on financing production costs.

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BTLR panelists talk CMF-Telefilm merger, regulating streamers

Janet Yale and Monique Simard also discussed data-gathering from OTTs, as they fleshed out details of the expansive 97-recommendation report at Prime Time.

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Liberals aim to table updated Broadcasting Act by June

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says the government will act quickly to table the legislation as Netflix, Telefilm and others react to the BTLR report.

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In brief: Canadian projects receive $1.1M from CMF copro initiatives

Plus: HGTV Canada unscripted success Island of Bryan returns for season two and DGC donates to AFC’s mental health initiative in Prime Time Challenge.

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CTV greenlights comedy Children Ruin Everything

Modern Family writer Chuck Tatham (pictured) is an executive producer on the half-hour series, which is expected to go into production this spring.

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Sinking Ship, Scott Brothers co-developing animated series

Builder Brothers’ Dream Factory follows the duo as 10-year-olds who try to help solve problems in their neighbourhood by dreaming big.

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Uninterrupted tackles mental health for Bell Let’s Talk

Short-form series Hidden Opponent profiles Canadian athletes on their mental health experiences and will be shared across Bell Media’s social media platforms.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 13 to 19, 2020

Murdoch Mysteries‘ 200th episode lands at #19, followed by Nurses at #20, while Coroner cracks the list at #25.

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Kew withdraws financial guidance for fiscal ’19

The company said it expects its yearly earnings to be “materially lower than previously forecast.”

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PJ Masks kick into season five

Produced by eOne and Frog Box, the latest round of episodes is slated for delivery next year.

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Degrassi co-creator Kit Hood dies

The writer, producer and director who helped create one of Canada’s most enduring TV franchises passed at his home in Nova Scotia on Jan. 20.

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Netflix takes int’l rights for Yap Films’ Unabomber docuseries

The four-hour docuseries, commissioned by Reelz, arrives two years after the story of Ted Kaczynski was adapted as a scripted series by Discovery.