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Weekly roundup: Awards, distribution sales and TV premieres

Among this week’s briefs is news of Yung Chang’s doc The Fruit Hunters (pictured) winning a top honour at the annual International Environmental Film Festival in Paris and TV season premieres for Continuum, The Next Step, Wingin’ It and Life with Boys.

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Production underway on Temple Street’s The Next Step

The single cam tween series for Family Channel, created by Frank van Keeken (pictured) will feature extra content, including an after-show web series, on Family.ca.

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Family Channel takes The Next Step with Temple Street

The Astral Media channel ordered 26 episodes of the tween dance drama from the Wingin’ It series creator Frank van Keeken, with production set for summer 2012.

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Warthogs season two goes to camera

The tween series from Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures and Dolphin Entertainment is entering its second season.

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Astral renews four Canadian series

Family Channel and Disney Junior have ordered up new episodes of four Canadian original productions for the 2011/2012 season.

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Canadian kids and youth series shine at Banff Fiction Rockies

Amid the usual rivalry at the Banff Rockies between American and British TV shows, Canadian kids and teen TV shows walked away with trophies.

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Fresh TV turns to live action

Fresh leans on experience gained from My Babysitter’s a Vampire and animated series like Total Drama Island to create new live action series Really Me.

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Family Channel launches new website

Astral Media-owned Canadian kidcaster Family Channel is marking the final stage of its brand refresh initiative with an updated website that boasts new design features, enhanced minisites and additional activities.

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Family Channel refreshes brand identity

Astral Media-owned Canadian kidnet Family Channel is donning a new look both on-air and online.

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Warthogs starts principal photography

Production has begun on the new Family Channel tween sitcom What’s Up, Warthogs!, with Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures and Miami’s Dolphin Entertainment commencing principal photography in Toronto on the 20 x 22-minute live-action series.

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Astral and Rogers ink content agreement

True Blood and Hannah Montana on demand. It’s now a reality thanks to a new deal between Astral and Rogers that will see an expanded content offering from specialty channels TMN, Mpix and HBO Canada, Family Channel and Playhouse Disney now online.

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Family picks up Warthogs

Commissions 100 eps, among other acquisitions