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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.

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eOne preps new Power Rangers series, movie

Tapping into owner Hasbro’s IP catalogue, director Jonathan Entwistle has been brought in to reimagine content for the Mighty Morphin brand.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Oct. 5 to 11, 2020

Departure flies at #8, while The Masked Singer and Saturday Night Live land at #1 and #3, respectively.

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How data will increasingly drive the entertainment biz

Producers will need to arm themselves with audience data as the industry shifts to a consumer-based model, according to Fandango president Paul Yanover in a recent Q&A session at the CIX Digital Summit.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Oct. 9 to 15, 2020

Possessor: Uncut comes out on top, followed by Percy at #2 and The Broken Hearts Gallery at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Oct. 9 to 15, 2020

Possessor: Uncut cracks the list, while Honest Thief and The War with Grandpa lead.

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Dark Side of the Ring renewed for expanded third season

The professional wrestling series, produced by VICE Studios Canada in partnership with Bell Media’s Crave, has become the highest-rated show on VICE TV.

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Apple TV+, WildBrain expand Peanuts deal

New seasonal specials will be created by WildBrain, joining classic holiday content A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which the streamer just acquired.

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Deals: Boat Rocker Studios, Media Ranch, Cineflix Rights

Boat Rocker has inked a raft of international deals for preschool animation Remy & Boo, Media Ranch unveils a format partnership with South Korea’s Something Special, plus more.

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No Equal Entertainment pulls off a Faith Heist in Hamilton

No Equal principal J.B. Sugar directed and produced the drama for U.S. network Bounce TV.