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Telefilm joins Being Black in Canada program partners

Along with Netflix, the Canada Media Fund and the National Bank, the funder has joined to ensure the sustainability and expansion of the initiative.

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How data will increasingly drive the entertainment biz

Producers will need to arm themselves with audience data as the industry shifts to a consumer-based model, according to Fandango president Paul Yanover in a recent Q&A session at the CIX Digital Summit.

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Blue Ant Media acquires tech news publication Mobile Syrup

The media company is continuing to evolve its portfolio of assets, with the online resource on mobile technology joining other Blue Ant-owned publications including Cottage Life.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Oct. 9 to 15, 2020

Possessor: Uncut comes out on top, followed by Percy at #2 and The Broken Hearts Gallery at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Oct. 9 to 15, 2020

Possessor: Uncut cracks the list, while Honest Thief and The War with Grandpa lead.

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Dark Side of the Ring renewed for expanded third season

The professional wrestling series, produced by VICE Studios Canada in partnership with Bell Media’s Crave, has become the highest-rated show on VICE TV.

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Apple TV+, WildBrain expand Peanuts deal

New seasonal specials will be created by WildBrain, joining classic holiday content A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which the streamer just acquired.

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Deals: Boat Rocker Studios, Media Ranch, Cineflix Rights

Boat Rocker has inked a raft of international deals for preschool animation Remy & Boo, Media Ranch unveils a format partnership with South Korea’s Something Special, plus more.

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Audible teams with Canadian producers on originals slate

Georgia Knox, Canada country manager at Audible, shares the service’s content strategy and ambitions to continue to foster relationships with local producers and offer brand extension for IP.

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No Equal Entertainment pulls off a Faith Heist in Hamilton

No Equal principal J.B. Sugar directed and produced the drama for U.S. network Bounce TV.

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Randy Lennox to exit Bell Media in 2021

Bell group president and vice chair Wade Oosterman will assume leadership of the media company when Lennox departs on Jan. 4.

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Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy to debut on Netflix in December

Ava DuVernay’s distribution label ARRAY Releasing handled the sale to the global streaming giant.

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Cineflix Rights fortifies scripted ambitions with SVP hire

U.K.-based Tom Misselbrook has been appointed SVP, scripted sales and development as the distribution arm of Cineflix Media looks to continue building momentum during a strong 2020.

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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.