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Whites acquires Parallel Rentals amid industry consolidation

The deal for the Vancouver-based location equipment supply house follows William F. White and SIM Group busily buying up smaller players to provide one-stop shopping for producers.

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Rebecca Nield joins Integral Artists

The former Casting Workbook and Brightlight Pictures exec will oversee the voice and commercial divisions at the Vancouver agency.

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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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Lionsgate to unveil $1.5B pact with Hunan TV on Wednesday

The agreement includes the Vancouver-based mini-studio receiving up to $375 million in production financing over the next three years.

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B.C. actors, producers agree on tentative labour deal

Performers are to receive a 6% rate increase over three years as part of a renewed pact to kick in on April 1, 2015, once ratified.

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Canadian soundstages see solid bookings for U.S. pilot season

The collapsed Canadian dollar has several drama pilots coming north, including the Luke Wilson-starrer Roadies (Wilson pictured).

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How do you sell Canada to Hollywood as loonie plunges?

Talk tax credit stability and talent, not as much about currency, local players tell Playback Daily.

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CBC shortens news, talks job cuts, to save $15M

The pubcaster outlines its four-screen approach to local news as it goes from 90-minute shows to one-hour or half-hour formats in major TV markets.

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FuseFX expands to Vancouver

The California-based VFX company aims to hire up to 20 people within a year. (FuseFX Vancouver office staff pictured)

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Xbox’s Elan Lee: ‘You have to grab for something a little unexpected’

From Vancouver’s Merging Media 5, Xbox’s chief design officer (and augmented reality game pioneer) reveals the three rules that underpin his storytelling strategy.

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Corner Gas production execs Brent Haynes and Louise Clark reunite

The former Comedy Network topper inks a first-look deal with Lark Productions. (Corner Gas cast pictured)

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California signs new $330 million tax credit program into law

The new incentives pot is up sharply from $100 million in annual funding.