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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Jan. 22 to 28, 2021

The list sees The Croods: A New Age, News of the World and Promising Young Woman lead.

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Bell Media, Bodacious Wines uncork The Stranger Experiment

Produced by Bell Media Studios, the three-part unscripted series examines what happens when strangers meet for the first time in the middle of a global pandemic.

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In brief: Queer Your Stories winner, Canada’s eligible Oscar docs

Plus: New international partners join Media Ranch’s format incubator in its third edition and Mercury Filmworks establishes an award in honour of editor Kevin Kocvar.

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Sonic the Hedgehog heads to Netflix

Produced by WildBrain and SEGA, the new animated series Sonic Prime will bow globally on the streamer in 2022.

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Cameras roll on Incendo’s third New Zealand copro

Shot entirely on location, Love Knots marks Incendo’s first production of 2021 and another addition to the Fall in Love Fridays slate at Citytv.

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CBC addresses PNI budget, discoverability concerns

The pubcaster responded to more than a week of interventions from organizations such as the CMPA and APTN to close out the virtual broadcast licence renewal hearing with the CRTC.

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Schitt’s Creek, Wynonna Earp earn consecutive GLAAD Media Award noms

Neshama-produced Lifetime TV movie The Christmas Setup also represented Canada in the annual LGBTQ+ media awards.

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CBC cancels Trickster

Updated: The news comes less than two months after reports revealed doubt over the series director and co-creator’s Indigenous identity, casting uncertainty over the status of its early renewal.

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Indigenous music company Nagamo Publishing launches

The company aims to be a centralized place for traditional and contemporary Indigenous music for the screen.

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Rogers’ media revenues hit by sports broadcasts delays

The company reports a 23% drop in segment revenues for Q4, contributing to an overall dip in net income.

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WildBrain picks up Alva’s World

The company has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the 2D-animated online safety series, excluding the U.K., Ireland and Finland.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Jan. 19 to 25, 2021

WandaVision makes the top three on the Digital Originals list, while Attack on Titan leads the Overall TV Shows chart.

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CMF revamps visual identity, cements strategic objectives for 2021

Val Creighton says the visual rebrand is timely as the organization prepares to spearhead industry consultations that will run parallel to government and regulatory reviews.

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Blue Ant Media greenlights Canadian originals for 2021/22

The factual and lifestyle lineup includes two co-productions with fellow Canadian broadcaster APTN with original commissions across Cottage Life, T+E, Love Nature and Smithsonian Channel.

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In brief: New faces join the Canadian Academy, Guru Studio

Plus, Enderby Entertainment teams with Kirk Wise on its first animated feature film and Island Horse Productions’ Inside adds two executive producers.