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Shamier Anderson and Stephan James, Scarborough natives and co-founders of The Black Academy, alongside Shannon Farr and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions, today announced a partnership to produce a live award show honouring established and emerging Black talent. Brothers and actors Anderson and James are executive producing the national telecast, alongside John Brunton, Farr, and Cox from Canada’s preeminent award show production company. The telecast will feature award presentations, performances, and tributes, and will showcase Black talent from across Canada. In addition, The Black Academy and Insight announced a search for a Black showrunner and production crew, and a skills development programme. Interested applicants can submit their résumés to beginning today. The relationship between Anderson, James, and Insight Productions pre-dates the creation of The Black Academy to when they began co-developing a project in 2019.

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Canada’s New Year’s Eve: Countdown to 2021

It’s time to finally say goodbye to 2020! Tune in to CBC this Thursday, December 31st, at 11pm to watch “Canada’s New Year’s Eve: Countdown to 2021”!

Hosted by Rick Mercer and featuring great Canadian music performances from across the country.


Meagan Duhamel and Wojtek Wolski win Battle of the Blades Season 6

Meagan Duhamel and Wojtek Wolski took home this year’s championship title and $100,000 for their charities: The Sandra Schmirler Foundation and The Hospital for Sick Children Patient Amenities Fund. Duhamel and Wolski’s undeniable on-ice chemistry, determination and execution of challenging moves week-after-week proved that this pair had what it takes to become the latest Battle of the Blades champions.

Watch season 6 HERE

Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education

“Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education” is a powerful 90-minute special created by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) produced in collaboration with Insight Productions and supported by Canadian Heritage. The special, airing on APTN and CBC, honours Residential School Survivors and their families through storytelling and performance by Youth, Leaders, Knowledge Keepers, and Elders from a diverse group of Indigenous Nations, communities, and cultures will air on Sunday, October 11th at 1 pm (1:30 NT) on CBC and the free cbc gem streaming service. The APTN airdate will be announced soon.

More info HERE

October 15th live premiere of Battle of the Blades has been postponed

All-new season of Battle of the Blades Season 6 has been postponed.

The skaters have been working hard in preparation for the new season and it’s exciting to see their chemistry develop. However, an individual on the Battle of the Blades production team recently tested positive for COVID-19 and so we are temporarily halting all training to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.

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Insight Productions celebrates 40th anniversary at Digital Summit

Insight Productions Ltd celebrates its 40th anniversary with a tribute session at Content Canada’s Digital Summit. Insight’s CEO and executive producer, John Brunton, will be interviewed by industry insider Ed Robinson about the company’s incredible longevity, innovation and success. Joining in the tribute session will be Insight’s former COO and president, Barb Bowlby, and the company’s showrunners and senior vice presidents Erin Brock, Lindsay Cox and Mark Lysakowski.

More info HERE

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