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SXSW takes The Toll, adds PG (Psycho Goreman)

Ingrid Haas’ Still Wylde (Canada/U.S.), Nicole Bazuin’s Modern Whore and more are also set for the American festival.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2020

The Mandalorian continues to hold the #1 spot, while Star Trek: Picard rises to #2.

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Relish Interactive acquires Rocket Cartoons

Toronto-based Relish is looking to grow its in-house animation capabilities with the new studio.

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Sinking Ship goes big with Dino Dana The Movie launch

Presented by Fathom Events and Cineplex Events, the exclusive one-day event will see the film screened in over 550 theatres across North America this March.

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Friedman wins 2020 TIFF-CBC screenwriter prize

Plus, Cory Bowles (Black Cop), Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers) and Romeo Candido (Second Jen) are among this year’s Writers’ Studio participants.

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Hot Docs unveils documentary grant recipients

Four Canadian docs were selected for the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, while 10 projects picked up financing from the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund.

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Bell Media revenue rises to $3.22B for 2019

Parent co BCE said revenue derived from Crave and contract renewals with TV distributors helped drive the uptick.

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All-Round Champion gets an early renewal

TVO and BYUtv have greenlit the marblemedia-produced unscripted series for a second season ahead of its March broadcast premiere.

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Jon Comerford launches new casting agency

The industry veteran has founded Toronto-based New Life Casting with casting associate Sara Dang and talent agent Lisa DeMeo.

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Atomic Cartoons ramps up IP focus, expands L.A. operation

The Thunderbird-owned company has opened the doors to a new animation studio as it looks to get more proprietary projects off the ground.

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Guru, ADK Emotions partner on The Ora Chronicles

Targeted towards ages six to 11, the Toronto-based prodco will manage the animated action show’s international distribution.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 20 to 26, 2020

The Curse of Oak Island ties at #19, while Murdoch Mysteries and Nurses crack the list.

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Super Bowl LIV pulls record numbers as 9.5 million tune in

More than half of Canadians watched some part of the game, according to Bell Media, while live streaming of the game grew 42% from last year.

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HUGE! Play teams with Epic Story Media

Founded by former Hasbro and Fisher-Price execs, the newly launched toyco will create toys inspired by key IPs from Ken Faier’s Epic Story.

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Omnifilm lands The Red Harlequin

Creeped Out‘s Robert Butler is attached to the TV adaptation alongside Rick Porras (The Lord of the Rings).