SIM Group acquires L.A. post house Chainsaw

FILM

The U.S. facility will operate as a division of Toronto-based SIM once the merger deal is completed following an agreement in principle being reached.



Former MGM exec named to Rainmaker board

FILMTV

Steve Hendry was appointed to the Vancouver-based company’s board following its annual general meeting on July 17.



Twenty-two film scripts receive Harold Greenberg coin

FILM

Projects selected in the latest round of funding include a treatment from Michael Dowse and the second draft of a feature adaption of the Miriam Toews novel A Complicated Kindness.



CBC and the new kid viewers

TVWEB

Kim Wilson, creative head at Kids’ CBC, discusses how budget cuts are less of an issue for her team than keeping up with the changes in how children consume media.



New work permit law spurs industry bargaining in Ottawa

TV

Canadian producers are negotiating with immigration minister Chris Alexander to ease the impact of hiring foreign actors for local shoots following changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program.



Saul Rubinek, Trish Stratus board Allan Ungar’s Gridlocked

FILM

The two actors join an ensemble cast that includes Danny Glover, Dominic Purcell and Richard Gunn. (Rubinek pictured)



The Switch: tackling transgender issues with comedy

TV

Executive producer and actor Amy Fox (pictured) tells Playback Daily why laughter helps frame serious social issues on TV that otherwise confuse or bore people.



ACTRA-advertisers contract talks move to mediation

TV

The current round of bargaining between the actors’ union and ad agencies and advertisers appears hung up on the thorny issue of internet use of commercials.



Deals: Picture Box, Lionsgate, DHX Media

FILMTV

Picture Box sells several series, including The Liquidator (pictured), into a slew of international markets while Lionsgate extends its output deal with Roadshow Films.



Synergy! Clickbait! Tips and tricks from Defy Media programmers

STREAM

Ahead of their appearance on the Just for Laughs web series pitch panel, VP of programming Andy Signore and head writer Spencer Gilbert speak on how to create the Next Big Thing.

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