The Weekly Briefing

Thunderbird Entertainment Group has reached a distribution deal for the first three seasons of Kim’s Convenience with distributor Yoon & Company, who have already confirmed a cable TV release in Korea in early 2019. The partnership follows other major distribution deals for the award-winning Canadian series, including Netflix acquiring global streaming rights, and with Amazon for VOD rights in the U.S. and United Kingdom. Season 3 of Kim’s Convenience premiered on CBC on Tuesday (Jan. 8) with a fourth season already greenlit.

Crave is offering its first-ever free preview this weekend. From Friday, Jan. 11 (11 a.m. ET/MT) to Monday, Jan. 14 (11 a.m. ET/MT), three of Crave’s linear channels – Crave 1, HBO 1, HBO 2 – are being unlocked. The free preview is available via participating television providers across Canada including Bell, Bell Aliant, BellMTS, Cogeco, Eastlink, Rogers, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus, and others. [8]

The Ontario Junior Hockey League has struck a broadcast partnership with CHCH-TV Hamilton, that will see a total of six live games air during the remainder of the 2018-19 OJHL season. The “CHCH Game of the Week” airs Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m., with the final broadcast on Feb. 23. The deal also includes the broadcast of six episodes of The OJ Today, a weekly hockey magazine show featuring highlights and analysis from games across the 22-team league. Veteran junior hockey announcer Alex Bloomfield is handling play-by-play duties, while Alex Bastyovanszky, host of The OJ Today, serves as host and provides colour commentary.

Global has announced the start of production on the third and final chapter of drama Mary Kills People. Produced in partnership with Corus Entertainment, Entertainment One and Cameron Pictures Inc., the series (6×60) will film in and around Toronto this winter, with the premiere set for spring 2019.

The Power of Play, a one-hour documentary exploring the science behind play and how researchers are linking play deprivation to mental health issues, will have its world broadcast premiere on CBC’s The Nature of Things on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 P.M. (8:30 NT) and will also be available to stream on CBC Gem from 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 18. Taking viewers to research labs, zoos, and aquariums around the world to see how animals play, The Power of Play was written and directed by Halifax’s Christine MacLean, created and produced by Erin Oakes, and executive produced by Edward Peill of Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc.

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