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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Sept. 6 to 12, 2021

La casa de papel (Money Heist) rises in the ranks for digital and overall demand.


Drunken Birds flight to festivals delayed for big-screen debut

TIFF ’21: Montreal director Ivan Grbovic returns to the festival more than a decade after his debut feature to compete in the prestigious Platform programme.


Wattpad WEBTOON Studios picks producers for data-driven Australian collaboration

The fan-first process will see two scripts based on Watttpad teen fiction stories move to audience testing where the creative teams will receive input and feedback from ‘select superfans’ on scenes and characters.


NFB adds director of Indigenous relations

J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth will be part of the NFB’s executive committee and report to the Commissioner.

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TIFF confirms person with COVID-19 attended press screenings

TIFF ’21: Affected screenings included Dune, The Humans and Bergman Island at Scotiabank Theatre.


CBC, Paramount+ order medical drama from Piazza Entertainment

Production is currently underway in Manitoba and Ontario on SKYMED, which follows the turbulent lives of nurses and pilots mounting rescues from air ambulances in Northern Canada.


Blue Ant Media unveils greenlights for fall and spring 2022

The Canadian originals slate includes a new documentary feature, a doc series and a paranormal anthology as well as renewals on co-productions with Quebecor Content and APTN.


Departure season three rolls in Newfoundland

Eric McCormack joins the cast for the third season with Jackie May serving as showrunner.

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Animated co-pro Charlotte draws on history for Second World War drama

TIFF ’21: The Canadian-Belgian-French co-production Charlotte began as a passion project for January Films’ Julia Rosenberg.


CBC teams with Leslie Norville, P.K. Subban and Sandy Hudson for docuseries

Northwood Entertainment’s Miranda de Pencier and multi-hyphenate Nelson George will also produce the series, which is actively seeking eight Black Canadian directors for January 2022 production.

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Quebecor unveils new single-serve hub for all its content

The application brings together news, video, music and radio – both live and on demand – except for two subscriptions services.


Three Canadian shorts; three different sales strategies

TIFF ’21: Writer Kausar Mohammed and directors Albert Shin and Paul Shkordoff hope for sales, audiences and attention –  and hopefully interest in developing at least one project into a feature film. (Trigger warning: This story includes content about suicide)


Streaming deals drive WildBrain to revenue growth

Recent deals for Yo Gabba Gabba! and Sonic Prime helped to up the company’s total revenue by 6% to $452.5 million in fiscal 2021.

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How Scarborough’s documentary origins gave it a fresh voice

TIFF ’21: The filmmaking team behind the Discovery world premiere share how the year-long $300,000 shoot led to one of Canada’s most buzzed about titles.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2021

Fantasy Island and America’s Got Talent come in at No. 3 and 4, respectively.