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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.

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Federal government says it plans to extend CERB

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a plan to extend the income support benefit is in the works, with concrete details set to be announced in the coming days.

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Studio City breaks ground on three new Toronto soundstages

The expansion project will add 70,000 square feet of new space, including a new version of the Jumbo Stage, which was decommissioned in 2019.

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Boat Rocker Studios sates int’l appetite for food TV with six series

Mary’s Kitchen Crush and The Great Canadian Baking Show from Proper Television are among the shows that sold like hot cakes.

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Canada’s Drag Race sashays away to the U.K.

BBC Three has picked up the rights to the Canadian iteration of RuPaul’s Drag Race and will premiere new episodes one day after its launch on Crave.

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PBS, int’l broadcasters ink deal for Skindigenous

The 2020 Rockie Awards nominee from Nish Media is also currently in production on its third season.

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Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices participants revealed

Participants in this year’s program for underrepresented creators include Miryam Charles, Supinder Wraich, Schelby Jean-Baptiste and Chrystelle Maechler.

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TSC names Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters winners

The winners will have a three-month mentorship with Canadian screenwriters like Alejandro Alcoba, Noelle Carbone and Marsha Greene, either in-person or virtually.

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Deals: MetFilm Sales, Syndicado, Moonbug

International sales agents take a shine to Liz Marshall’s Meat the Future and Albert Nerenberg and Nik Sheehan’s Who Farted?, plus more.

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CTV pulls Jessica Mulroney series after online dispute with influencer

The Bell Media-owned network removed I Do, Redo from all of its platforms, saying Mulroney’s conduct “conflicts with [its] commitment to diversity and equality.”

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NFB ages down for Annecy Official VR Selection

Despite controversy around virtual reality for children, the Canadian film board saw opportunity in making a kids educational VR experience.