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In brief: Canadians snag prizes in Berlin

Matthew Rankin’s Twentieth Century garners more acclaim, MELS adds a new VFX head and WIDC unveils the participants of its Vancouver Career Advancement program.

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Citytv, Brain Power find a perfect match with The Wedding Planners

Brain Power Studio founder Beth Stevenson shares how Citytv popped the question to greenlight the series and how it fits into their growth strategy.

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Domestic production hits record high of $1B in Ontario

The 23% climb in domestic spending helped propel the province to a record-setting total of $2.16 billion.

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Shaftesbury, Company option Burrows’ Birder Murder Mysteries

The first partnership between the two companies, the project is expected to bring together a roster of Canadian and U.K. screenwriters.

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

Sonic the Hedgehog races to the top, followed by The Call of the Wild at #2 and Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey at #3.

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

Mafia Inc tops the chart, while The Song of Names and Botero land at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Kids and family drives revenue growth at Thunderbird

The Vancouver-based company said Atomic Cartoons, which was in production on 14 projects in Q2, was primarily responsible for the revenue uptick.

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Miramax exec joins Cineflix Rights as head of scripted

The newly created role sees James Durie focus on the distributor’s global strategy for sales, presales, acquisitions and coproductions for its scripted content.

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CBC reorganizes with wide-ranging, ‘audience-centric’ strategy

EVP Barb Williams unveiled a new three-pronged structure that aims to shift the CBC from a “siloed traditional media operation to a truly audience-centric, content company.”

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Corus launches new multi-channel Global app with free content

Corus is bringing its channels under one umbrella, with select unscripted content from Food Network Canada and HGTV Canada available to stream for free.

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Kew placed in receivership; all directors resign

FTI Consulting Canada has been appointed as receiver and will look to sell Kew’s assets, though the company noted its production companies are not subject to the receivership.

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Syfy orders supernatural series from Blue Ice Pictures

The Surrealtor, from the prodco behind Vagrant Queen (pictured), has received a straight-to-series order from NBCUniversal channel Syfy and is expected to premiere in 2021.

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Kew Media’s senior lenders demand repayment

Truist Bank has given Kew a 10-day notice period after which it says it may take further steps.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Feb. 18 to 24, 2020

The Mandalorian, Star Trek: Picard and Star Wars: The Clone Wars all make the top three on this week’s Digital Original list.

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Family Law opens for business

Principal photography for the Global drama, produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, begins March 2, with an all-Canadian cast.