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William F. White International acquires Century Studio

The company purchased the studio from High Park Entertainment’s Thomas Walden and Eric Birnberg, making it their third location in the Toronto area.

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Summer TV: Slumped or pumped?

Although there are fewer powerhouse programs this year than last, well-loved favourites are still proving to be reliable for viewers.

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Cineplex seeks more than $2.18B in damages against Cineworld

Following the collapse of their proposed mega-deal, the Canadian exhibitor registered its claim in an Ontario court on Friday, with Cineworld subsequently filing a counter-claim.

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CRTC renews Super Channel’s broadcasting licence, with a caveat

The Commission renewed the broadcast licence for a four-year term, but gave a stern warning about non-compliance in relation to CPE, and script and concept development.

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Family Channel acquires Sinking Ship’s Lockdown

The WildBrain-owned network picked up second-window rights to the confinement-focused series created by J.J. Johnson.

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Shaftesbury brings its latest branded content to Crave for Pride

SVP, branded entertainment Kaaren Whitney-Vernon shares how their track record with authentic LGBTQ representation made them an attractive partner to Dove.

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CMF earmarks $13.3M of COVID-19 funds for underrepresented groups

Around $4 million will be reserved for companies and organizations owned and led by Black people or People of Colour.

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Deals: Northern Banner, Brainstorm Media, Super Channel

Northern Banner nabs Hot Docs winner The Walrus and the Whistleblower for Canada, while Brainstorm Media picks up the U.S. rights to The Cuban, plus more.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for June 23 to 29, 2020

Dark lands at the top of the Digital Original list, while The Mandalorian and 13 Reasons Why come in at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Spin Master taps Disney alum for franchise growth

Following a “challenging” Q1, Heather Oster has joined the company as its VP of global franchise development after stints at Universal Pictures and Pixar.

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In brief: VIFF builds digital platform for its 39th edition

Plus: The ISO partners with Sundance, Breakthroughs names its short film winners and the Canada Council for the Arts has given $250,000 in emergency funds for Indigenous artists.

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Lighthouse Pictures taps Trevor McWhinney as VP of production

The veteran producer known for reality series Gotta Grudge? will oversee production on all film and TV projects from the prodco.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 15 to 21, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #2, followed by The Titan Games at #5 and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at #6.

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How BIPOC TV & Film has helped lead the industry’s push for change

Founder Nathalie Younglai and communications and outreach lead Gillian Muller on their work to reduce barriers for BIPOC creatives and the impact of receiving support from the top.

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‘A unique show for a unique moment’: inside CBC’s July 1 plans

Producers behind CBC’s Canada Day programming discuss how they are executing an innovative, socially distanced variety show in the midst of a pandemic.