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Like George, I am in a vise. I am trapped. I can’t breathe either.

Column: Reelworld founder and executive director Tonya Williams asks “is your story perpetuating the negative stereotypes that lend to the public fear and violent treatment of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour as less than human?”

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DGC petitions federal government to extend CERB for film, TV workers

The petition proposes an eight-week extension for freelancers faced with a slow restart to production and has already garnered more than 5,000 signatures.

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Ontario working group submits COVID-19 protocols for approval

The Section 21 Committee has finalized a set of COVID-19 safety guidelines, which have now been submitted to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for review.

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Two Canadian titles named official Cannes 2020 selections

Pascal Plante’s Nadia, Butterfly and Viggo Mortensen’s Falling are among 56 films that will hold the title of Cannes 2020 selection in lieu of a physical festival.

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WFF hires Shelly Quade as talent programs manager

Based in Halifax, the former manager of programs and development and TELUS partner liaison at the NSI oversees the organization’s 11 talent programs.

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eOne’s new show to take off with Netflix

President of family brands Olivier Dumont weighs in on why the SVOD was the right partner for the studio’s space-themed family series Alien TV.

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Canadian OTT subscribers with three or more services grow

Media Technology Monitor’s Sneak Peek Report also found that Facebook and YouTube lead as the most popular options for remote social viewing features.

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Thunderbird earnings hit record growth in Q3

The growth was largely driven by its kids and animation division, while the company aims to increase its scale with a long-term hybrid work-from-home structure.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 18 to 24, 2020

Transplant continues its remarkable ratings run, landing at #3, behind only The Masked Singer and CTV’s evening news.

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Playback stands in solidarity

Playback stands in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities and all people of colour.

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HGF backs 23 films in third quarter of 2019/20

Conquering Lion Pictures and Shaftesbury’s Undercard and Screen Siren Pictures’ Saving Manno are among the funder’s Story Option stream.

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Some producers falling through cracks of COVID-19 support funds

Factual, kids and digital producers have found they aren’t eligible for the phase-one emergency funds, which are intended as a lifeline to ensure business continuity.

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Telefilm awards nearly $8M across six French-language features

Lignes de fuite and Beluga Blues are among the projects set to share coin from the funder.

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Robin Cass launches new prodco on the West Coast

Cass shares how the new company is perfecting development during the pandemic, with titles like Waubgeshig Rice’s award-winning novel Moon of The Crusted Snow.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for May 19 to 25, 2020

The Mandalorian continues to lead the Digital Original list, while She-Ra and the Princesses of Power comes in at #9.