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Shania Twain, Reel World team on Heart of Texas adaptation

The singer-songwriter is set to serve as an exec producer on the TV series alongside Reel World Management’s Roma Roth and Christopher E. Perry (Virgin River).

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for July 21 to 27, 2020

The Mandalorian leads the list, while Toronto-shot The Umbrella Academy comes in at #5 and Warrior Nun makes the top 10.

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In brief: Sinking Ship adds distribution manager

The Future of Film Showcase moves online with CBC Gem, while the Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival recognizes Shirley Douglas, plus more.

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Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian, Trickster selected for TIFF 2020

The festival unveiled its 50 feature picks, with films from Tracey Deer, Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt and two projects from Michelle Latimer in the mix.

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Canada’s Drag Race revs up international sales

The adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been picked up by broadcasters in the U.S., Australia, Israel and the U.K.

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OutACTRAto releases Working with Queer Performers guideline doc

The best-practices document aims to break down barriers and initiate a shift in how screenwriters, agents, casting directors, directors and producers treat queer performers.

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Bill amendment paves way for large number of prodcos to claim CEWS

The amendment to Bill C-20, which rectifies a minor administrative issue that caused major problems, comes after months of behind-the-scenes advocacy work from the CMPA.

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Inside Out goes virtual for October festival

The LGBTQ film festival will combine its Toronto and Ottawa festivals for an Ontario-wide digital event, with programming that includes features and shorts.

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Vuulr plates up over 500 hours of Gusto content

The online marketplace has inked a deal with the media company, adding titles such as DNA Dinners, Watts on the Grill and more.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, July 13 to 19, 2020

America’s Got Talent makes the top three, while World of Dance comes in at #5 and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lands at #6.

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One in four OTT subscribers opt in for additional services

The MTM study Time To Watch?: Anglophones, OTTs and COVID-19 also found that 20% of English households subscribe to Disney+, while 8% are subscribed to Apple TV+.

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Jesse Wente named chairperson of Canada Council for the Arts

Indigenous Screen Office executive director Wente has been appointed on a five-year term, replacing outgoing chairperson Pierre Lassonde.

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Pieces of a Woman to world premiere in Venice

The drama, produced by BRON Studios division Little Lamb Productions, will compete in the festival’s main competition, while a Canadian copro joins the Horizons lineup.

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Exclusive: A71 Releasing adds Rob Harrison as EVP

In addition to the newly created role, the independent distribution and production company has promoted Laura Dinato and Kylie Bechberger.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for July 17 to 23, 2020

Target Number One leads the list, followed by Bloodshot at #2, while Menteur claims the #9 spot.