Etan Vlessing

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Canada dominates Banff Rockie Awards with 39 noms

A raft of homegrown digital series fill out the Canadian contingent to compete against all comers in June.


Cirque du Soleil sells majority stake to foreign investors

U.S. private investment firm TPG Capital will acquire a controlling stake in Cirque, while China’s Fosun Capital Group and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec will take minority stakes.

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Cameras roll on fifth season of APTN’s Blackstone

The latest cycle from Prairie Dog Film + Television is shooting in Edmonton through June 2015.

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Nova Scotia talks continue on local tax credit

With a media blackout still underway, Screen Nova Scotia chairman Marc Almon told Playback Daily meetings last week between the industry and the government have been “positive.”

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Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant booked into Cannes competition

The feature directorial debut from Cividino (pictured) will compete in the Critic’s Week sidebar.

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New Metric Media options The Devil You Know novel for TV

Writer Elisabeth de Mariaffi will consult on the project as the indie attaches a screenwriter to adapt the 1990s thriller.

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Toronto production reached record $1.23B in 2014: report

The key driver was domestic TV series on-location shooting, while Toronto also saw a big jump in commercial production. (Toronto-shot Rookie Blue pictured.)

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CBC Jian Ghomeshi inquiry calls for stronger management controls

Introducing employee training, surveys and “spot audits” and launching a confidential workplace hotline were also recommended by the internal workplace probe.

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CBC issues 241 more job loss notices to unionized employees

“From what we know so far, no part of the country is spared in the new cuts,” the Canadian Media Guild said in a statement, as a CBC spokesman confirmed new redundancy notices were issued.

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Telefilm, Rogers Group of Funds invest $625K across 7 docs

The latest films by Nettie Wild, Mila Aung-Thwin and Rama Rau are among the projects that will receive production and post-production coin through the fund.

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Juice Worldwide unveils new tool to launch indie films

The Canadian company is one of only four vendors to provide a iTunes Store package delivery service for Compressor users.

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Corus to launch Disney Channel in Canada

A new licensing deal between Corus and ABC/Disney forces a rebrand of three of DHX Media’s recently acquired kids channels.