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Crave taps the French market by going bilingual

The Bell Media streaming service is adding 6,000 hours of French-language content, including its original series Pour toujours, plus un jour.

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Hot Docs to Focus On the work of Raymonde Provencher

The award-winning filmmaker’s work will be featured during the 2020 doc fest, with the full programming lineup set to be announced in March.

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Quebecor Content, TVA Group unveil structure changes

Kathleen Vachon has joined Quebecor Content’s team, while Claude Foisy is now responsible for TVA’s brands, specialty channels and brand deployment strategies.

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Tracey Friesen named managing VP of CMPA’s B.C. branch

Reporting to COO Liz Shorten, Friesen will oversee provincial operations as well as provide strategic counsel on a number of key files.

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Kew Media Distribution inks raft of pre-NATPE deals

The Kew Media sales outfit has licensed White Pine’s new Margaret Atwood doc to ViacomCBS Networks Americas, among other deals.

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Love Nature comes to the ‘Rescue’ with new commission

Docuseries Wild Pacific Rescue, produced by Toronto’s White Pine Pictures, will follow a team of vets as they treat oceanic wildlife.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Jan. 10 to 16, 2020

Merci pour tout leads the list, followed by The Song of Names and Antigone at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Jan. 10 to 16, 2020

1917 takes the #1 spot, followed by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at #2 and Jumanji: The Next Level at #3.

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Cineflix Rights signs multi-title deal with National Geographic Lat Am

The agreement comes ahead of NATPE Miami and includes titles like Sinking Cities (pictured) and Legends of the Deep.

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Kew Media sells stake in U.K. prodco Two Rivers

The Glasgow-based company has bought out Kew’s equity stake, while elsewhere the Toronto Stock Exchange has opened up a delisting review.

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Quebecor files complaint over CBC’s French-language SVOD

President and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau stated Ici Tout.TV Extra is an “alarming departure” from the pubcaster’s mission by placing content behind a subscription fee.

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BBC director-general Tony Hall announces exit

News of Hall’s departure comes six months after CBC and BBC committed to future collaborations across scripted, factual, podcasting and other areas.

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Digital and linear both popular, but viewers want customization

TiVo’s research zeroes in on the most popular genres, the best bundles and what the perfect combination of channels would be for Canadians.

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Corus partners with Neshama, Champlain on original MOWs

The broadcaster has 50 films on its slate, some of which aired during 2019′s Countdown to Christmas, as part of a commitment to boost independent Canadian production.