US boom has led to ‘dying’ Canadian industry says WGC, with earnings down 22% over five years

The US industry’s production push into Canada over the past decade has left the Canuck industry “dying”, with screenwriters earning almost a quarter less than they were five years ago, according to The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC). The findings came from the WGC’s submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which is […]

Paramount partners with Corus for Canadian Pluto TV launch

Paramount has announced the expansion of FAST service Pluto TV to Canada. Via a partnership with Corus Entertainment, which will act as its the platform’s ad representative in the country, Pluto will launch in the autumn with more than 100 channels and over 20,000 hours of content. Corus will also provide a curated slate of […]

Nickelodeon buys ToonMarty

Nickelodeon has bought global rights to ToonMarty, the upcoming Canada-produced toon series from Sean Scott, the creator of Jimmy Two Shoes. The Viacom kids net will put the show out across its international kids nets and has global rights, with the exceptions of North America, China and Japan. The 40x11mins show was commissioned by Corus […]

Channel 4, Corus Hunting Nazi Treasure

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Corus Entertainment’s Canadian History channel have ordered Hunting Nazi Treasure, following the trail of artworks and objects looted by the Nazis at the end of World War II. In the UK it will play on Channel 4’s More4 digital net, and on the linear specialty net History in Canada. The […]

Netflix buys Nick content from Corus

Netflix has acquired a raft of Nickelodeon’s kids series for its Canadian service after striking a deal with Corus Entertainment, the media giant that operates the Nick channels in the country. The agreement hands Netflix rights to Nick live-action shows including iCarly, Sam & Cat (pictured) and Victorious. Animated fare includes The Legend of Korra. Earlier […]

Major restructure at Australia’s ABC

The ABC is implementing a wide-ranging restructure that will see all programming responsibility come under the control of a new role, head of audience and digital. Rebecca Heap, formerly head of strategy and digital products, will take the role at the Australian public broadcaster. ABC said the reorganisation was a reaction to ‘dramatic audience behaviour […]

Corus pushes distribution, inks US sales

The content sales arm of Canadian media giant Corus has shopped two shows into the US. US cable net ABC Family has picked up Cheer Stars and cable channel operator Scripps has acquired Masters of Flip. The news was announced at MIPCOM where Corus is selling its content as part of a wider attempt to […]

Nelvana, Sony making Hotel Transylvania series

Nelvana is making a series based on the animated feature film franchise Hotel Transylvania. The original movie, from Sony Pictures Animation, was released in 2012 and the second instalment comes out later this year. It follows Dracula and the hotel he runs for monsters seeking a vacation. Canadian prodco Nelvana, part of Canadian media giant […]

Country singers flipping houses for W Network

Corus-owned specialty channel W Network has greenlit Masters of Flip, a new series in which former country music duo Kortney and Dave Wilson transform rundown houses into dream homes in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will be produced by Toronto-based indie Rhino Content and will bow on W Network next month. “Kortney and Dave’s acute knowledge […]