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In brief: Helga Stephenson, Divya Shahani to co-chair POV

Plus: Hot Docs has launched a new short pitch competition with Al Jazeera and two Canadian docs receive a grant from Sundance Institute.

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Uninterrupted tackles mental health for Bell Let’s Talk

Short-form series Hidden Opponent profiles Canadian athletes on their mental health experiences and will be shared across Bell Media’s social media platforms.

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CFC exec Ana Serrano named president of OCAD University

The digital trailblazer will depart her current position as chief digital officer at the CFC in June to take over as president and vice-chancellor of the university on July 1.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Jan. 13 to 19, 2020

Murdoch Mysteries‘ 200th episode lands at #19, followed by Nurses at #20, while Coroner cracks the list at #25.

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Kew withdraws financial guidance for fiscal ’19

The company said it expects its yearly earnings to be “materially lower than previously forecast.”

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Behind the deal: A71 on D Films acquisition, future growth plans

Company execs discuss the strategy behind the deal, and how A71 is scaling up in order to address a lack of market accessibility for domestic filmmakers.

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PJ Masks kick into season five

Produced by eOne and Frog Box, the latest round of episodes is slated for delivery next year.

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Brain Power adds two new exec roles to boost content output

Stan Hum and Nancy Yeaman have been promoted to EVP, business development and distribution and EVP, kids and original content, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Jan. 17 to 23, 2020

Director Louise Archambault’s Merci pour tout and Il pleuvait des oiseaux land at #1 and #3, respectively.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Jan. 17 to 23, 2020

Bad Boys for Life takes the lead, followed by 1917 at #2 and Dolittle at #3.

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Degrassi co-creator Kit Hood dies

The writer, producer and director who helped create one of Canada’s most enduring TV franchises passed at his home in Nova Scotia on Jan. 20.

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Netflix takes int’l rights for Yap Films’ Unabomber docuseries

The four-hour docuseries, commissioned by Reelz, arrives two years after the story of Ted Kaczynski was adapted as a scripted series by Discovery.

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Crave unveils more stand-up specials

Produced in partnership with Just For Laughs Television, the new one-hour originals feature comedians like Aisha Brown, Graham Kay and more.

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Deals: D360, Gusto, Attraction, Sinking Ship

Gusto Worldwide Media unveils two new deals, while Attraction Distribution signs new agreements for Jenny, plus more.

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Cream ups James Farr to VP, development

The Toronto-based prodco has promoted Farr to oversee the company’s development staff while continuing his work as a factual producer.