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Wow! Unlimited kids specialty channel not moving forward

The CRTC has revoked the broadcast licence for Comedy Gold, which the animation company acquired from Bell Media in 2018 to launch a kids and youth linear channel.

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Apple TV+ picks up Sinking Ship’s Jane

The hybrid kids series inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall has been given a straight-to-series order, plus Sinking Ship has also picked up a BBC Children’s series for distribution.

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Mara Gourd-Mercado to lead Canadian Academy’s Quebec office

The former RIDM executive director will step into the role previously held by Patrice Lachance on Feb. 22.

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Hot Sheet: Top films for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2021

The Croods: A New Age leads, while News of the World and Promising Young Woman round out the top three.

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TFCA names Canadian film finalists

In Canadian award news, the TFCA choose their nominees for Best Canadian Film, while the Schitt’s Creek nomination streak continues.

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The campaign to save Wynonna Earp starts again

Playback has learned the series’ producers are looking for a new U.S. broadcaster after its cancellation at Syfy, with fans back on the campaign with #FiveForWynonna.

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Ian Scott set for BANFF 2021

The CRTC chairperson and CEO will deliver the first keynote on the virtual festival’s opening day.

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Amazon Prime Video donates $1.3 million to ISO-led programs

The U.S. streamer has launched a pitch program with the Indigenous Screen Office, giving racialized creators a chance to pitch scripted and unscripted projects to Amazon Studios executives.

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‘A true Canadian icon’: Remembering Christopher Plummer

The Canadian screen and stage industry says goodbye to legendary actor Christopher Plummer, who passed away on Feb. 5 at the age of 91.

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Senior staff laid off as Bell Media consolidates in-house prodcos

Playback has learned EPI director of production Kelly McKeown and distribution division head Tony Leadman are departing.

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Deals: Odd Squad, levelFILM, Autentic Distribution

Odd Squad heads to China, levelFILM picks up the Canadian rights to Sundance 2021 title Together Together, plus more.

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Netflix enchanted by Boat Rocker, Industrial Bros. magic series

Daniel Spellbound is the latest in a spate of fantasy-focused animated originals the streamer has announced recently.

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Nelvana makes a wish with its new show

Preparing for delivery by the end of this year, redknot animated series Super Wish taps into the universal world of birthdays.

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Jacob Tierney, Emily Hampshire tackle Norman Lear classic

Hampshire will star in the modern take of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, now in development with Sony Pictures Television and Lear’s prodco Act III Productions.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, 2021

On the Digital Originals list, WandaVision leads, while Letterkenny lands at #7.