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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 29 to April 4, 2021

MasterChef Canada comes in at #23, while Big Brother Canada and Hudson & Rex also make the list.

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Blue Ant Studios pacts with Surviving R. Kelly EP Tamra Simmons

Blue Ant and The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency will look to build a slate of unscripted projects through a freshly inked development deal.

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Screenwriting champion Margaret Collier dies

The first executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada leaves behind a legacy of celebrating and supporting the domestic screenwriting community.

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How To Buy A Baby reborn in the global marketplace

Warner Bros. International Television Production has acquired the international format rights from Toronto-based Loco Motion Pictures following its successful launch in Sweden.

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CSA ’21: The writer-directors behind the Best Motion Picture noms

Part two sees Beans‘ Tracey Deer and Funny Boy‘s Deepa Mehta discuss their journeys.

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Amazon Prime Video commissions third Canadian original

Insight Production is set to produce a local version of Amazon Studios’ original format LOL: Last One Laughing.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for April 2 to 8, 2021

Le club Vinland leads, followed by Big Giant Wave and La deesse des mouches a feu at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for April 2 to 8, 2021

Le club Vinland claims the #1 spot, while other Canadian titles such as Big Giant Wave, La deesse des mouches a feu and French Exit make the list.

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CTV Comedy commissions Roast Battle adaptation

Bell Media has ordered eight 30-minute episodes of the unscripted series, with Shelagh O’Brien tapped to direct.

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Former Shaftesbury, eOne execs join Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

The Vancouver-based multimedia company launched by Catherine Winder has hired Jay Bennett and Romney Grant to round out its executive team.

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CSA ’21: The writer-directors behind the Best Motion Picture noms

Part one sees creatives from films such as Nadia, Butterfly, The Nest and Underground talk about their process and more.

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Updated: Chicken Soup for the Soul, Parkside acquire Sonar Entertainment

In a two-pronged deal structure, Toronto’s Parkside has acquired Sonar’s Canadian division, while Sonar’s L.A.-based operation was purchased by NASDAQ-listed Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions.

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Stephen Dunn tapped to helm Peacock’s Queer as Folk reboot

The St. John’s, N.L. native is attached to write, direct and executive produce the new iteration of the hit U.K. series.

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Giving life and authenticity to the Parker Andersons

Showrunner Anthony Q. Farrell and marblemedia discuss interconnected family sitcoms, The Parker Andersons and Amelia Parker, and the costly changes needed to improve representation on the BYUtv-commissioned series.

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Corus Entertainment revenue inches back up to pre-pandemic levels

Continued ad-revenue recovery propelled Corus to $358.9 million in Q2, while its streaming products StackTV and Nick+ climbed to half a million paid subscribers.