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More than 140 jobs cut in CBC English local news

These latest cuts are part of a broader plan to reduce local news costs by $15 million, including cutting 90-minute shows to 30- or 60-minute formats in major markets.


Shaw Media orders fourth season of Vikings for History

The Canada-Ireland coproduction returns on both sides of the border following a successful third season to date.


CRTC proposes new customer code for BDUs

The final decision from Let’s Talk TV is a draft code that would require TV services to provide customers with easy-to-understand agreements, among other stipulations.


B.C. film and TV production booming, says Creative B.C.

For the year to March 1, 2015, the provincial agency issued 261 tax credits for an estimated $1.84 billion in provincial production expenditures.

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BCON wrap: seven lessons on branded content

From Playback sister pub strategy, seven takeaways for brands looking to build branded content programs (and the producers who can help them) from Wednesday’s BCON Expo.


Shaw unveils blueprints for The House that HGTV Built

A first look at a new format that will see a U.S. HGTV daytime special transformed into an original event-style prime time series.


Latest Telefilm Canada New Voices winners named

Carly Stone and Dennis Allen are among the latest recipients of the award.

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A71 takes Canadian rights to the Cocksure Lads Movie

The acquisition came as Murray Foster’s musical comedy opened the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto. (Foster pictured.)

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CBC reveals new Dragons

Following the latest addition of Joe Mimran, the pubcaster’s flagship factual entertainment series completes its talent makeover with two new additions. (Manjit Minhas pictured.)

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Ole acquires music shop Jingle Punks

The Toronto-headquartered rights management firm has acquired music agency Jingle Punks in a deal that will merge the companies’ production libraries. (Pictured L-R: Jingle Punks founders Jared Gutstadt, Dan Demole)


CBC’s Richard Kanee on building a digi-first strategy

The CBC’s new head of digital for English Services sits down with Playback Daily to discuss how new viewer habits and content curation strategies are shaping its digital-first approach.

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Canadian cord-cutting rose sharply in 2014: Report

Major Canadian TV providers last year lost a record 65,000 TV subscribers, Boon Dog Professional Service’s latest research reveals.


TVO, DHX partner on George Greenby series

The books by physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy will be developed into an animated science-themed series.

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Big Brother Canada, Remedy return on Global, Slice

Overnight ratings roll in for Global TV’s original mid-season series debuts, with Big Brother Canada also premiering on Slice.


Just For Laughs Gags clears syndication in 75% of U.S. market

The Canadian hidden camera gag series already airs in 135 countries worldwide.