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CRTC chair says ‘system is broken’ in C-11 discussion

BANFF ’22: Ian Scott spoke with APTN CEO Monika Ille on the need to pass the Online Streaming Act ‘very quickly,’ while also addressing timelines for implementation and the CRTC’s ability to enforce new regulations.

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IPF finances $1.5M across nine TV dramas

Among the projects supported are season two of The Porter and Crave limited series Little Bird.

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BANFF ’22 dispatches: FAST channels, Being Counted, YouTube Canada

FAST channel executives say the free, ad-supported services are the “next frontier” of programming, a BSO report outlines urgency for representation in kids content, and YouTube’s Canadian head and creators talk Bill C-11.

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Hallmark Channel greenlights Ride from Blink49, Seven24

The rodeo-themed family drama is coproduced in partnership with Bell Media for CTV Drama Channel in Canada.

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APTN, CBC, ISO launch pre-development program for Indigenous creators

The Early Stage Scripted Development Program for Indigenous Creators follows CBC and APTN’s agreement to collaborate on increasing First Nations, Inuit and Métis programming.

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Deals: Sphere Animation, OUTtv, Bell Media, Black Market Releasing

Sphere Animation copro The Game Catchers gets a second season and sales, OUTtv launches on The Roku Channel in the U.S., Bell Media partners with FilmRise, and more.

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CBC-BIPOC TV & Film Showrunner Catalyst unveiled

BANFF ’22: CBC content heads revealed the program for senior-level writers as they discussed programming priorities.

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Magnify Digital, OCAD, Telus Fund launch screen media content research project

Supported by Mitacs Accelerate and the Canada Media Fund, the project will measure how successful screen media content is and how it impacts audiences’ lives.

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DOC adds new members and at-large director roles

The Documentary Organization of Canada says the board changes are part of a commitment to equity and inclusion.

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American Rust finds new home on Amazon’s Freevee

The Boat Rocker family drama has been renewed at the AVOD platform after being cancelled at Showtime in January.

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Score G, Electric Panda, Super Channel partner on Bif Naked doc

Score G Production Films president Adam Scorgie discusses the prodco’s financing strategy and its slate of feature docs on prominent figures.

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Bell Media accelerates its commissioning strategy

Executives Justin Stockman, Carlyn Klebuc and Pat DiVittorio discuss the broadcaster’s robust content slate, which includes nearly 100 titles and 973 hours of scripted and unscripted series and docs.

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Canadian Academy selects eight executive residency participants

The program was created to help break down the barriers that currently exist for Black, Indigenous and persons of colour who are pursuing a corporate career.

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Hot Sheet: Stranger Things dominates TV demand in Canada

Toronto-shot Amazon Studios’ The Boys, which premiered its third season on Prime Video on June 3, was also on the top 10 digital demand list in Canada.

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Corus, Paramount Global to launch Pluto TV in Canada

The free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service will offer a full spectrum of more than 20,000 hours of content, including Corus originals.