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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.

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Paul Heaney, Dina Subhani exit TCB Media Rights

The departure comes two months after TCB, formerly owned by Kew Media, was sold to Beyond International without founder Heaney’s consent.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, June 1 to 7, 2020

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? comes in at #2, followed by America’s Got Talent at #3.

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Robyn and Danny Friedman set up Compass Artist Management

Co-founded by the siblings alongside Jane Cai, the new Toronto-based company’s clients include Shay Mitchell and Kevin Hanchard.

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Sony, TVOKids spin off Big Top Academy

The shot-at-home series marks a rare greenlight from Sony TV, which traditionally licenses existing IPs.

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ISO names Netflix Apprenticeship and Cultural Mentorship recipients

Helen Haig-Brown (Edge of the Knife), Tasha Hubbard (We Will Stand Up) and Red Marrow Media are among those in the Cultural Mentorship section.