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‘A reimagining of award shows’: The Black Academy reveals plans for live telecast

The show will be a partnership between The Black Academy and Insight Productions, with a hiring process now underway to find a Black showrunner and production team to bring the event to life.

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Corus Studios inks deals with The CW, Quebecor Content

More than 250 hours of content has been sold internationally in the kick-off to 2021 as Lisa Godfrey is promoted to SVP of original content and Corus Studios.

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Women in View unveils participants for Five in Focus: Indigenous

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Tracey Deer, Danis Goulet, Tina Keeper and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers will serve as mentors in the Indigenous-focused version of Women in View’s development program.

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Big Time Decent hires Jeffrey Kinnon as factual VP

Company founder Matt Shewchuk noted that Kinnon’s “ability to run difficult productions on location is a great match for us,” as he continues to build out his executive team.

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New Metric Media eyes Letterkenny brand expansion

The prodco has inked a trio of licensing deals, including agreements with board-game specialist High Roller Games and consumer products company Funko.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 11 to 17, 2021

The Rookie claims the #3 spot again, while Murdoch Mysteries makes the list at #25 and Private Eyes lands at #28.

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FOX acquires two seasons of Diggstown

Diggstown has become the latest Canadian series picked up for U.S. broadcast in the 2020/21 season in a deal brokered by rights holder eOne.

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David Carter steps down from EVP post at EP Canada

During 25 years with the payroll and financial services company, Carter worked on almost 2,300 film and television projects, the equivalent of about $5 billion in tax incentives.

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Hollywood Suite promotes Sharon Stevens, Julie Kumaria

Stevens joins the independent network’s executive ranks as VP, programming, while Kumaria is appointed SVP, marketing and content distribution.

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Discovery+ greenlights Cream Productions’ I Got Lucky

The 14 x 30-minute show is headed to Discovery+ via a multi-territory pre-sale deal secured by Cineflix Rights.

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Deals: Nish Media’s Rustic Oracle lands U.S., U.K distribution

Plus: Boat Rocker Studios’ Dino Ranch lands European sales, and Gusto sells 35 hours of content to Russia.

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Bell Media specialties Fashion Television and Book Television to shutter

The CRTC has approved an application filed in December, with the channels set to go dark on Feb. 21.