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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for April 7 to 13, 2020

Ozark stays strong at #1 on the Digital Original list, while Schitt’s Creek jumps to #2 on the Overall TV Show chart.

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In brief: Telefilm grows its exec team

Plus: Several Canadian titles make Annecy’s Official Selection and ET Canada will broadcast a week-long country music concert fundraiser.

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Federal government loosens CERB eligibility requirements

The benefits program is now open to those making up to $1,000 a month, in addition to creators receiving royalty payments from prior copyrighted works. (Unlocked)

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WildBrain’s Rev & Roll zooms into the global market

The CGI-animated preschool series has been picked up in more than 25 territories, including China, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Australia.

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Annick Mahnert takes Frontieres reins as it pivots

The genre industry initiative has also shifted its annual International Co-Production Market online.

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TCB sale to Beyond Int’l approved by Ontario court

The acquisition, valued at around $3.63 million, will go ahead despite the fact TCB Media Rights founder Paul Heaney did not give consent to the deal.

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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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The latest on Canada’s ‘couch potatoes’

The new report from Convergence Research Group has found that OTT has seen a 37% revenue growth year-over-year, but largely to the benefit of U.S.-based companies.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 30 to April 5, 2020

Transplant lands at #19, followed by Big Brother Canada at #21 and Island of Bryan at #28.

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Hot Docs aims to honour filmmakers with 2020 selections

Despite this year’s edition being postponed, the Toronto festival has announced its official picks, tapping Sam Soko’s Canada copro Softie for its Opening Night slot.

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Former Discovery exec Gerbrig Blanksma joins Blue Ant Int’l

Blanksma will be tasked with expanding Blue Ant International’s content library in the role of SVP of international sales and partnerships.

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CMF launches COVID-19 information hub

The resource page will be regularly updated with details on financial support programs and relevant news to the industry as the funder sets its COVID-19 action plan. (Unlocked)

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eOne chief strategy officer Peter Micelli to depart

Micelli headed up TV strategy during his two years at the Toronto-headquartered studio.

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Film producers fear crew shortages could stunt rebuilding process

While concerns persist about crew availability for domestic projects when production resumes, some producers believe now is an opportune time to revisit the film financing model.

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The new showrunners: Vagrant Queen’s Jem Garrard

The British-Canadian writer/director shares how working in the indie world prepared her for showrunning, and the advantages of shooting sci-fi in Cape Town.