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Love Nature orders Ireland’s Wild Islands from Crossing the Line

The blue-chip series is hosted by Eoin Warner and directed by documentary filmmaker John Murray.

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Deals: Corus, Cineflix Rights, Blue Ant

Global adds two award-winning newsmagazines ahead of its Upfront, while Apple teams with Cineflix Rights and Kan 11 to co-produce Tehran.

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Behind the ‘humbling’ experience of making Trickster

The team behind Trickster took part in a BANFF panel to discuss how the industry should rethink colonial values in production when it comes to Indigenous narrative sovereignty.

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CRTC denies Blue Ant Media’s request to reduce PNI requirement

The Commission determined the broadcaster did not give “sufficient justification” to reduce the required PNI spend from 13.5% to 5% for its eight channels.

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SK Films sets spring 2021 release for Wings Over Water

U.S. actor Michael Keaton has signed on to narrate the project, co-written by SK Films CEO Wendy MacKeigan.

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In brief: CMF, SODEC partner on new fund

The predevelopment fund is aimed at French-language TV series adapted from Quebec literary works, plus imagineNATIVE’s 21st festival goes online.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for June 9 to 15, 2020

13 Reasons Why comes in at #1, followed by The Mandalorian and Space Force at #2 and #3, respectively.

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CBC backs 119 projects through Creative Relief Fund

Twenty of those projects were greenlit for production, including two unscripted titles and 15 short documentaries.

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LGBTQ film festivals form alliance to elevate queer film

North American Queer Festival Alliance will debut with an online Pride event to mark the release of the Netflix original documentary Disclosure.

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Lark Productions acquires TV rights to sci-fi comic series

The Vancouver-based prodco will develop and produce a TV series based on the Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen comics Descender and Ascender.

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Taking on Canada’s Drag Race

The BANFF master class saw the adaptation’s team discuss the show’s greenlight and the process of crafting a homegrown version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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TVA focuses on family-friendly fall season

Some returning shows have been pushed to winter 2021, while one show was cancelled altogether due in part to production concerns.

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Updated Broadcasting Act to be tabled in fall, says Heritage minister

Steven Guilbeault said the government is “trying to find a solution” to the COVID-19 insurance problem, and provided details on phase-two emergency funds, in his opening BANFF remarks.

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Citytv renews Hudson & Rex for season three

Production on the canine-police procedural is scheduled to begin next month.

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The CW stocks up on Fridge Wars

Co-created and co-produced by CBC and The Gurin Company, the culinary competition format will debut on the U.S. net this August.