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CMF awards over $13M across four programs

Plus, the inaugural edition of the WildBrain-CMF Kids & Family Development Program saw projects from Conquering Lion Pictures and Zone3 nab funding.

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Deals: CBC, 9 Story, Northern Banner

CBC licenses more than 100 episodes of kids content from 9 Story’s distribution portfolio, Telus Storyhive-backed Abracadavers lands international deals, and more.

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Kew temporarily ceases TSX trading after OSC order

The order from the Ontario Securities Commission comes after Kew said certain financial reports from the past four years “should no longer be relied upon.”

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 7 to 13, 2020

The Mandalorian comes out on top, while Letterkenny claims the #7 spot on the Digital Original list.

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In brief: Unite Central heads to Berlin’s copro market

Plus: eOne clears the final regulatory hurdle in its Hasbro deal, Touchwood PR adds to its publicity team and Super Channel promotes Kimberley Ball.

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Blue Ant Int’l sells over 320 hours of content ahead of NATPE

Broadcasters in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America have picked up factual titles such as Cold Valley and scripted content, including Gary and His Demons.

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Canadian projects land world debuts at SXSW

Shudder docuseries Cursed Films from Toronto’s First Love Films and director Malcolm Ingram’s Clerk are among the select few headed to the Texas festival.

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Kew auditor Grant Thornton LLP withdraws reports

Kew said the auditor is withdrawing the reports as a “result of the actions” of its former CFO and its “inability to rely on representations he made.”

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Murdoch Mysteries hits milestone 200th episode

Peter Mitchell and Christina Jennings on how Murdoch weathered the storm to become one of the most enduring hits in Canadian TV history.

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Anne with an E, D.N.Ace lead ACTRA Toronto nominations

Both series earned four nominations apiece, while digital series Tokens made award history with two nominations, including for its ensemble.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Dec. 30, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020

The Golden Globes top the list, while Royal Canadian Air Farce clocks out for the last time at #17.

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TIFF partners with Crave to stream 2019 world premieres

TIFF Selects, a new collection on the Bell Media streamer, will bring the festival’s world premieres to Canadian audiences, including Antigone and The Twentieth Century.

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Photo gallery: 2020 TFCA gala

The annual event honoured Michele Maheux and saw co-directors Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn walk away with the organization’s top prize.

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Portfolio hires development exec to L.A. post

Former Universal Kids executive Meghan Sheridan will work closely with the prodco’s Toronto team to grow its slate of animated and live-action properties.

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Maestracci upped to acquisitions VP at Quebecor Content

Her duties have expanded to include the international distribution of original content and formats developed by Quebecor Content and its partners.