The Weekly Briefing

Family Channel is debuting new series Holly Hobbie as a two-day television event Jan. 12 and 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT. Inspired by the American Greetings character first introduced in 1967, the tween drama stars up-and-comer Ruby Jay as 13-year-old Holly Hobbie, an aspiring singer-songwriter who lives with her family on a farm outside small town Collinsville, U.S.A. Produced by Aircraft Pictures, in association with Cloudco Entertainment and the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund and Hulu Originals, the series was filmed last summer in Hamilton and Toronto.[9]

Iggy Pop and fashion designer John Varvatos will executive produce a four-part docuseries exploring the music, fashion and art of the punk movement for Vancouver-based Network Media Group Inc. and Network Entertainment. Punk will premiere on EPIX in the U.S., March 11.

CTV has officially unveiled the 30 artists vying for a chance to record an original song on the upcoming second season of The Launch, premiering Jan. 30. The six episodes will also air day-and-date with CTV on VRAK, subtitled in French. Guiding artists through the audition, performing, and recording process are Scott Borchetta, music executive and CEO/Founder of Big Machine Label Group, and new permanent mentor Marie-Mai (Star Academie, La Voix), who join a weekly rotating panel of  celebrity mentors and producers. Liz Trinnear (ETALK) also joins Season 2 in a new hosting role.[10][11][12]

Telefilm Canada is currently accepting entries of feature-length narratives on behalf of the Festival de Cannes, and its two parallel sections, the Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, for selection screenings to be held in Montréal from Feb. 25 to Mar. 14. The application deadline via eTelefilm is Feb. 13. More info here.[13][14]

RBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television have announced the nine grant recipients of a new initiative called the MVP Project, which provides funding and networking support to musicians and filmmakers for music video creation and production. The next round of submissions will open on Jan. 15. For more info, visit mvpproject.ca.[15][16]

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