Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 4 to 10, 2020

Medical drama Transplant clocks in at #7, while Cardinal lands at #19.

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Deals: Shaftesbury, eOne, Black Fawn

Two Canadian series pick up additional distribution overseas, while distributor Black Fawn nabs the rights to the Toronto-produced horror Scarecrows.


U.S., Canada border will stay shut into late June

The border will stay closed to non-essential travel until June 21, while provinces such as B.C. and Manitoba prepare to resume production as early as June 1.

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Intuitive Pictures’ Ina Fichman elected as DOC board chair

The former Don Haig Award winner steps into Nadine Pequeneza’s shoes.

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UK broadcasters introduce industry-wide guidelines for producing during COVID-19

ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN and Pact collaborated on the guidelines, which encompass all genres.

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WFF sets seven writers for Screenwriters Lab

This year’s script development program includes Gemma Holdway, Brendan Brady and previous Power Pitch winner Hedyeh Bozorgzadeh, to name a few.

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Funders release eligibility criteria for Emergency Support Fund

Starting tomorrow, companies will be able to apply for up to $800,000 through the CMF and $400,000 through Telefilm to support business continuity and safeguard jobs.


Hollywood Suite pays homage to Romero with original doc

Raising the Dead: Re-examining Night of the Living Dead is among the rising list of original documentary titles from Hollywood Suite to honour classic cinema.

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Cashed Out scores season two renewal

Pre-production is underway on the celebrity docuseries produced by Buck Productions in association with The Bokeh Collective for U.S. network REELZ.


Hot Docs ’20: Children of the Mist, Ojiibikaan take forum prizes

Canadian doc Ojiibikaan was awarded the Corus-Hot Docs Forum Pitch Prize at the virtual Hot Docs Forum, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.


Cagefighter tests innovative releasing model amid COVID-19

Producer Shayne Putzlocher discusses why the combat sports feature is being released for one night only tomorrow ahead of a traditional release in the fall.

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French-language content teams reorganize as Bell closes V deal

Effective immediately, Suzane Landry, Bell Media VP, French-language content development and programming, has made three new appointments.

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Canadian-created Homecon brings Comic-Con to fans’ living rooms

Co-creator Paul Amos shares how the business model could continue to thrive post-pandemic and how it gives an expanded platform for Canadian TV and indie films.

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NBC acquires Transplant as U.S. nets continue Cancon buying spree

The CTV medical drama is the third high-profile Canadian sale in the span of seven days.


Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for May 5 to 11, 2020

Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian continue to lead, while Upload and Defending Jacob land spots on the Digital Original list.