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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Dec. 25 to 31, 2020

The list sees The Croods: A New Age come in at #1, while News of the World and Promising Young Woman round out the top three.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Dec. 18 to 24, 2020

The Croods: A New Age leads, followed by Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Dec. 18 to 24, 2020

Le silence claims the #1 spot, while I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight comes in at #2 and Danser sous la pluie lands at #3.

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Corus revenue down 10% in Q1, but advertising rebound continues

The media company said it now has 400,000 paying subscribers across its StackTV and Nick+ offerings, while elsewhere Doug Murphy called on government to move swiftly in passing Bill C-10.

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Thunderbird unveils global distribution and consumer products division

A significant part of Thunderbird and Atomic’s IP growth strategy, according to CCO Matthew Berkowitz, the new venture sees Richard Goldsmith serve as president.

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Six business storylines to watch in 2021

Could the production company landscape be redrawn in 2021? Will diverse creatives have more leverage at the negotiating table? What impact will exec shakeups have on what gets commissioned? Check out these and more in Playback‘s list of storylines to follow this year.

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Roku acquires Quibi titles, global content distribution rights

Roku has acquired exclusive global distribution rights to around 75 shows and docs, and will make the content available for free on an ad-supported basis in 2021.

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Cameron Pictures options Heather O’Neill’s The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Tassie Cameron is penning the adaptation, with the Pretty Hard Cases prodco aiming to start pitching it to buyers in the spring.

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Seismic shakeup: industry mulls ramifications of Bell Media reorganization

As the dust begins to settle on Tuesday’s announcement, producers and industry execs weigh in on how they’re interpreting the shock move that saw the removal of the majority of Bell Media’s content leadership team.

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RiverTV targets millennial audiences at the intersection of streaming and live TV

“It’s a ridiculous suggestion that cord-cutters don’t like live TV,” says George Burger, COO of the virtual BDU.

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Quebec production exempt from curfew

New measures classify film and TV cast and crew as essential workers, meaning they will be allowed on set during curfew hours if necessary.

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‘Together we’re going to fight:’ ACTRA T.O.’s new president

Newly elected president David Gale says he will work with members to bring more representation to the union as he steps into his two-year term.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Dec. 29, 2020 to Jan. 4, 2021

The Mandalorian leads, while Star Trek: Discovery, The Expanse and Letterkenny all make the Digital Originals list.

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Crave renews Canada’s Drag Race for season two

Casting is underway for the second season of the Canadian drag sensation, with production expected to begin in the coming months.

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Kids TV still lacks diversity, representation

From a lack of overweight females to zero neurodiversity, Canadian kids animation can do better when it comes to representing diversity, according to new Ryerson University data.