Shaw Rocket, Wattpad unveil narrative podcast winner, with Shaftesbury set to produce

The prodco will lead development and production on a podcast adaptation of Loridee De Villa’s script The Infinite Worlds of Ella Jane.

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CBC’s Blades cleared to resume after positive COVID test

The two-hour live premiere will now air on Oct. 22, a week after the sixth season had been scheduled to debut.


Thunderbird rides the streaming wave to revenue growth

The Vancouver company saw a 41% increase in revenue in fiscal 2020 as it increases its service production output to capitalize on the influx in streaming content demand.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Oct. 5 to Oct. 12, 2020

Toronto-shot series The Boys continues to lead the digital originals list, followed by The Mandalorian, while Schitt’s Creek holds steady in the overall top 10.

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Behind the launch of Julie Bristow’s new venture, Content Catalyst Fund

VIDEO: The veteran content exec chats with Playback about amplifying the market potential of female stories and storytellers, new beginnings, CFF’s 25-project development slate and more.


CBC greenlights LGBTQ comedy from Sienna Films

Sort Of, now shooting in Toronto, is created by playwright Bilal Baig and actor/writer/director Fab Filippo and follows a gender fluid Millennial trying to balance their identities.

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In brief: Metafilms, Screen Siren among Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund recipients

Plus: Deepa Mehta is honoured with the DGC Visionaries Award and AMI debuts a slate of original podcasts to premiere between October and November.

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Indiecan Entertainment acquires MMA feature Cagefighter

The Saskatchewan-shot film, produced by Trilight Entertainment and Anamorphic Media, is set for digital release on Nov. 24.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2020

The Masked Singer holds onto the #1 spot, with Big Brother at #6 and #7 and the Weakest Link reboot at #10.

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Karma comes for Netflix

The streamer has ordered 40 x 11-minute episodes of new animated musical series from 9 Story Media Group and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Fatuma Adar

Playback is pleased to introduce the first of its 10 to Watch recipients. Kicking things off is Somali-Canadian playwright Fatuma Adar, whose fresh voice on the stage has led to a pilot in development with CBC.

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High Park Entertainment preps action thriller Trigger Point

Canadian director Brad Turner will helm the project, which is produced in association with Landmark Studio Group and goes to camera on Oct. 26.

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Robert Budreau teams with JoBro Productions for latest feature Delia’s Gone

Stephan James will star in the North Bay-shot feature, with eOne overseeing Canadian distribution and Radiant Films handling international sales.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Oct. 2 to 8, 2020

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run tops the chart, with Possessor: Uncut at #6 and The Broken Hearts Gallery at #8.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Oct. 2 to 8, 2020

Possessor: Uncut is at #1, followed by The Broken Hearts Gallery at #2 and The Nest at #3.