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Cineplex to bring Monkey Beach to theatres across Canada

The supernatural film, produced and directed by Loretta Todd, opens in additional B.C. locations today and will release in cities across Canada on Oct. 30.

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In brief: Cronenberg’s Possessor Uncut picks up prizes

The feature walked away with two honours from the Sitges Festival, while the fourth iteration of the Five in Focus focuses on Indigenous talent and NSI promotes Ursula Lawson.

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Animation workers at Titmouse Vancouver unionize

The move represents the first time an animation studio in Canada has unionized, according to IATSE, and follows a groundswell across the industry in B.C.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Oct. 13 to 19, 2020

The Boys claim the #1 spot on the Digital Original list, while Star Trek: Discovery lands at #3 and Schitt’s Creek comes in at #4 on the Overall TV Show chart.

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Carbon footprint top of mind for producers as Sustainable Production Forum gets underway

Among the companies doubling down on reducing their carbon footprint is Vancouver-based Sim, which has unveiled new additions to its fleet of Urban Power Source (UPS) units.

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BritBox elevates Emily Powers to EVP, head of North America

In her new post, Powers will continue to lead on all commercial relationships, distribution partnerships, performance marketing and customer retention while adding editorial and creative to her remit.

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Quibi closure brings Canadian deals, partnerships to an end

The short-form streamer, which had a number Canadian-produced shows in the works, in addition to a content and marketing deal with Bell, is winding down its operations and looking to sell its assets.

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Hulu acquires exclusive U.S. rights to Jann

The first two seasons of the Jann Arden-led sitcom will be available to U.S. audiences in early 2021 in a deal secured by the series’ producers.

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Tumbling ad revenue hits Corus Entertainment’s year-end, Q4 financial results

TV revenue for the most recent quarter fell 13% to $299.1 million as advertising revenue plummeted by 25%.

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How company values are a key asset in hiring, firing

Leaders from Dark Slope and Portfolio Entertainment share key strategies for hiring and firing employees to create a successful and efficient work culture.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Asia Youngman

After swapping a burgeoning career in VFX to pursue writing and directing, Youngman is piquing the interest of industry heavyweights as she undertakes a mission to bring untold Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences.

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Cream expands digital division, ups Johnny Kalangis to VP post

In addition, Dan Magnus has been appointed executive in charge of creative development, while Andrew MacDonald has been promoted to executive in charge of creative innovation at Cream Digital.

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Nelvana partners up for an original film push

To capitalize on a growing demand for long-form animation, the Corus-owned prodco will invest in Duncan Studio’s feature films.

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Netflix misses earnings and subs forecasts for Q3; co-CEOS comment on exec shake-ups

The company says it is “optimistic” it will complete shooting on more than 150 productions globally by year’s end, in addition to the more than 50 productions it has already wrapped.

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HGTV gives Buck’s 40-Year-Old Property Virgin the go-ahead

The new 10-part series for the U.S. network tracks adult children who still live with their parents as they venture out on their first home hunt.