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Netflix talks up rights flexibility in Canada & not wanting to ‘upend local budgets’

Netflix’s Canadian execs Tara Woodbury and Danielle Woodrow have talked up the streamer’s rights flexibility in the country, as they attempted to correct “some of the misconceptions” about the global SVOD’s requirements. Speaking on the final day of the BANFF World Media Festival, Netflix’s Woodbury – who was named manager of Canadian series in February 2021 […]

Roku orders Caravan’s survival competition show & eOne construction series

Roku has extended its unscripted originals push with two new commissions, including a show from UK-based Caravan that will see survivalists attempting to survive in the canopy of the South American rainforest. Survival From Above was revealed at BANFF alongside Lincoln Log Project by head of originals David Eilenberg, who left ITV America earlier this year to […]

Netflix to ‘slow’ content spending following subscriber & share decline

Netflix’s surging rate of spending on content is set to slow as the streamer adjusts to recent subscriber decline and a plummeting stock price, but there will not be any “radical shifts” to its business. Bela Bajaria, head of global TV at the streamer, told delegates at the BANFF World Media Festival that the SVOD would remain focused […]

Netflix reveals ‘Squid Game’ gameshow featuring challenges from series

Netflix has revealed plans to launch a new unscripted show based on its hit drama Squid Game. The real life gameshow – title Squid Game: The Challenge – will feature 456 characters playing the games from the series, according to Netflix’s head of global content Bela Bajaria, who unveiled the show here at BANFF. It is […]

Corus, Bell & CBC urge reform to stop US streamers ‘sucking dollars to Hollywood’

Canadian broadcasters including Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and CBC have urged upcoming regulatory reforms to stop US firms from “sucking dollars to Hollywood” without supporting the country’s own cultural development.  The C-11 Bill is set to update a raft of regulations across the Canadian media industry, including introducing a requirement for streamers to contribute to the country’s […]

‘Vigil’ & ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ among 2022 Rockie Awards winners

RuPaul’s Drag Race and hit UK drama Vigil were among the winners at the 2022 Rockie Awards International Programme Competition. The annual ceremony, which took place as party of the BANFF World Media Festival, handed out prizes for 28 categories spanning documentary & factual, arts & entertainment, children & youth, scripted and podcast. The competition featured 148 nominations […]

Breakthrough Films & TV’s distribution chief & Syndicado president launch finance firm

Breakthrough Films & Television’s former distribution chief Craig McGillivray and Syndicado president Greg Rubidge have launched a new sales, financing and production company. 10Star Media will be headed by Toronto-based McGillivray, who will oversee pre-sales and financing in partnership with independent producers and production companies globally. The company, which has a slate of shows for […]

USG’s Pearlena Igbokwe talks ‘Russian Doll’, ‘concerning’ budgets & risk

Universal Studios Group (USG) chairman Pearlena Igbokwe has admitted scripted budget inflation is a “great concern” for the industry but added “cost-efficient” shows can still be as successful. Igbokwe told delegates at a keynote session here at the BANFF World Media Festival admitted that there is increasing pressure on commissioners that could impact the amount shows […]