TV

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The roadblocks for women entrepreneurs in film and TV

The founders behind successful prodcos in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. share lessons and advice on supporting more women-owned enterprises on a panel with Carla 2020 and BANFF.

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Deals: Corus, Shudder, Gusto TV

OTT service Shudder picks up Montreal filmmaker Elza Kephart’s SLAXX in multiple territories including the U.S. and U.K., plus more.

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Lark takes TV rights to Toronto author Amy Stuart’s Still series

Set to be developed and produced by the Vancouver prodco, the adaptation’s female-led team includes Cobie Smulders (Stumptown) and Lara Azzopardi (The Bold Type).

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North Bay’s production sector revs up again following shutdown

Ten-part drama Unsettled has resumed after it was halted in March, while a new feature goes to camera today.

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OUTtv greenlights lockdown-produced pilot

The network unveiled four new commissions and renewed Knock Knock Ghost for a third season.

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Michelle Abbott named CFO at Boat Rocker

The appointment comes 15 months after Abbott assumed the post on an interim basis following the departure of Shannon Valliant.

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More European broadcasters pick up Hudson & Rex

UKTV’s Alibi, which already airs Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries, was among four buyers, while a U.S. deal is also reportedly in the works.

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Encore+ hits 25M views and 100K subs

To date, approximately 58% of viewership on the platform has come from international audiences, according to the Canada Media Fund.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug. 3 to 9, 2020

Big Brother comes in at #3 and #5, while America’s Got Talent lands at #6.

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Forte Entertainment pushes into scripted with Zombie Kings

The in-development TV project is executive produced by late genre filmmaking legend George A. Romero, with Forte currently in discussions with showrunners and talent.

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Traditional TV still very popular with Canadian kids

Trends might be more driven by the preferences of parents, such as young adults who drop their cable packages.

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Slo Pitch EPs on opportunities in short-form LGBTQ content

Slo Pitch co-creators, stars and EPs Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn discuss the series’ upcoming linear debut on OUTtv and making a safe space for LGBTQ creators.