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Half a century of The Characters

As the talent agency reaches its 50th anniversary, Jennifer and Larry Goldhar reflect on how the business came into existence and how it has adapted in a shifting environment.

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Programmer profile: Blue Ant Media

Execs Jamie Schouela and Sam Linton discuss commissioning strategies for the company’s Canadian specialty channels, Cottage Life, Makeful and T+E.

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Omnifilm options The Birth House

Kerri MacDonald and Little Dog showrunner Sherry White are on board to develop the novel into a TV series.

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Deals: Bron, Cirque du Soleil, eOne, A-Z Films

Bron Creative boards a new Bear Grylls children’s film franchise, Cirque du Soleil teams up with Aladdin producer, Private Eyes lands a second U.K. home, and more.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 6 to 12, 2019

The Big Bang Theory‘s penultimate episode comes in at #1, while Big Brother Canada‘s season seven finale lands at #20.

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CRTC renews OMNI Regional’s must-carry status

After examining eight applications for a national multi-ethnic service, the commission said the Rogers-owned service best met its criteria.

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Canada’s Worst Driver ends after 14 seasons

Launched in 2005, the format adaptation became one of the longest-running unscripted series in Canadian television.

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Sherry White awarded Nell Shipman prize

The prize honours a female-identifying producer, writer, showrunner, mentor or programmer who has worked to advance gender equality in the industry.

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Political Blind Date gets a third date

The TVO original docuseries has received an expanded 12-episode order for its third season.

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In brief: Kari Skogland suits up for Marvel series

Plus: A Corus production exec shifts to a development role at Nelvana and The Northwoods finds its leads.

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Deals: Prospero, Scythia, Wattpad

Prospero signs a first-look deal with the Soska sisters, Sierra/Affinity boards Scythia Films’ Slash/Back, and more.

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Quebecor Content greenlights Brooklyn Nine-Nine adaptation

Patrick Huard, who wrote and starred in both Bon Cop Bad Cop films, will direct the French-language version of the TV comedy.