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Former MGM exec named to Rainmaker board


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

CBC and the new kid viewers


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


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.

The Switch: tackling transgender issues with comedy


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


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


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

Music the moneymaker for NSI filmmaking team


Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein have won the NSI’s Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary for their marketing plan for Public-Schooled.

W Network and Temple Street Say Yes to the Dress


The series’ featured shop “will bring a huge amount of heart that I don’t believe exists in the U.S. show,” Temple Street VP Gerry McKean tells Playback.

Andrea Gabourie on quickie weddings and CBC pilots


Co-producers Pivotal Media and Headtrip Films are looking for real-life couples choosing no-fuss City Hall weddings for a new CBC documentary project, Let’s Get Hitched.

Disney extends exclusive Netflix pact to Canada


The streaming service is further taking control of the pay TV window that until now has gone to traditional broadcasters.

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