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Starting a new chapter: Wattpad’s Allen Lau, Aron Levitz talk post-acquisition plans

“Selling and accelerating the business are not mutually exclusive,” says Lau, as the story-sharing platform prepares to combine with comic publisher Webtoon to form a world-beating IP factory.

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Korean internet conglomerate Naver to acquire Wattpad for US$600M

The deal brings Wattpad under the same umbrella as the digital comic publisher Webtoon, with the platforms boasting a combined user base of around 160 million. (Wattpad co-founder Allen Lau pictured.)

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IPF lifts lid on Short Form Series Production picks

Split between six English-language and three French-language series, notably, projects from Shaftesbury and Filmcoop were among those selected.

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Blue Ant Media acquires tech news publication Mobile Syrup

The media company is continuing to evolve its portfolio of assets, with the online resource on mobile technology joining other Blue Ant-owned publications including Cottage Life.

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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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Shaftesbury, LaRue projects among Development Packaging picks

Of the 164 projects submitted for the IPF and CMF program, 13 English-language and seven French-language short-form scripted series made the cut.

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Fuse boxes up Ming’s Dynasty

The digital series from creators Calwyn Shurgold, Antony Hall and Julian De Zotti will make its U.S. linear debut next month.

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In brief: Schitt’s Creek kicks off 2020 with new nominations

Plus: Toronto goes punk rock with a new webseries in production this month and HGTV invests into the Property Brothers’ business.

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Youngster teams with SickKids in debut collaboration

The Insight Productions-owned digital prodco has created a series of videos with paediatric experts on common issues concerning modern parenting.

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Kin renews New Mom, Who Dis? for its sophomore season

The lifestyle series premieres Oct. 9 on Facebook Watch, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau serving as the first guest of season two.

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Terreur 404, Farm Crime among T.O. WebFest winners

The documentary series from Big Cedar Films won best Canadian series and best lifestyle series at the digital festival, while Detention Adventure picked up a trio of prizes.

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IPF supports 12 web drama series projects

Kristal Clear, Le Killing, Avocado Toast and For Heaven’s Sake were among the series selected.