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Cogeco rebuffs $10.3B joint bid from Rogers, Altice USA

Under the proposed offer, Rogers was looking to acquire all Cogeco’s Canadian assets for around $4.9 billion, with Altice USA taking the American assets.

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eOne backs new Mark Gordon venture

Mark Gordon Pictures, a new production venture from eOne’s former TV and film president, has outposts in L.A., New York and London.

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TIFF reveals titles for Industry Selects distinction

Three Canadian scripted features are among the 30 selected to screen for buyers at this year’s festival to bring additional opportunities for fall film sales.

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CMF invests $349M in Canadian TV and digi projects

The organization’s 2019/20 Annual Report noted that programs were almost fully subscribed and that every $1 of CMF funding generated $4.12 in production activity.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Aug. 17 to 23, 2020

America’s Got Talent comes in at #3 and #9, while Big Brother lands at #4, #7 and #8.

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Harold Greenberg Fund winds down French program; long-term future of English stream unclear

Bell Media said the Harold Greenberg Fund will ‘begin transitioning following the completion of seven years of financial support,’ which came in the form of a tangible benefits package.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Aug. 21 to 27, 2020

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run comes in at #1, while Mon cirque a moi, Target Number One and Flashwood also make the chart.

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Joseph Kay on Transplant’s rise

The showrunner, creator, writer and executive producer discusses the medical drama starring Hamza Haq ahead of its U.S. debut on NBC today.

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Telefilm suspends Success Index, accelerates consultation process

The funder will start a virtual Pan-Canadian consultation process to modernize the Success Index that will also inform its plans for fiscal 2021-22.

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Tenet’s distributor restricts Canadian box office figures

One of the biggest mysteries around Christopher Nolan’s new thriller is how it performed at the Canadian box office on opening weekend, with figures blocked on Comscore.

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WIFT Toronto lays out new strategic plan, expanded remit

The organization has committed to ensuring that 50% of the mentees for its flagship Connect Mentorship program are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Aug. 21 to 27, 2020

Mon cirque a moi leads, while Les Rose and I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight land at #4 and #5, respectively.

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Insight execs on remounting production in the age of COVID-19

A behind-the-scenes look at how Insight Productions is getting ready to go into production on large-scale unscripted titles including Top Chef Canada and Battle of the Blades.

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Enthusiast Gaming finalizes deal for Blue Ant’s Omnia Media

The Toronto-based gaming and esports platform has appointed Blue Ant CFO Robb Chase (pictured) to its board of directors as part of the sale.

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Deals: Cineflix Rights, Gusto, Spin Master

U.K.-based TV content distributor Cineflix Rights picks up four new factual series, BOSS TV adds Gusto TV to its lineup, plus more.