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Beijing Cinemas Reopen After Six Months Closure Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Back to the big screen: Exhibitors balance buzz and blockbusters

The return to movie theatres has seen Cineplex lean into megahits, while indie exhibitors and distributors look to draw audiences away from streamers, over to the art house.

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TIFF ’21: What to expect from this year’s event – and the road ahead

As the festival opens today with expanded in-person offerings, co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente share their expectations and plans to keep the lights on at the Lightbox.

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CMF @ 10: Evolving in a time of crisis, pt. 2

The organization is not sitting still, innovating constantly. And with the industry at what Valerie Creighton characterizes as a turning point, there is rare opportunity on the horizon. “If we get this right, Canada will hold its place with the best in the world,” she says.

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CMF @ 10: Evolving in a time of crisis

The Canada Media Fund is not letting the pandemic slow efforts to better serve the industry as a whole.

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Setting up for a new growth cycle

Heading into 2020, analysts expected companies to use M&A to improve business; what lessons are still relevant for the post-coronavirus world?

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The exit interview: Andra Sheffer

The outgoing IPF CEO reflects on handing over the reins, how the organization has changed and her hopes for the industry.

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Canada’s streaming champion: Crave @ 5

After a tentative start in a difficult market, Crave has blazed new trails in Canadian streaming. Playback magazine went behind the scenes to find the secret of its success.

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APTN @ 20: How the broadcaster found its footing

Part two of Playback magazine’s feature examines how former CRTC policy analyst Patrick Tourigny played a key role in APTN’s origin story and the evolution of its news division.

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APTN: Giving the Indigenous community a voice

From Playback magazine: the broadcaster has become more relevant than ever as it prepares for its ambitious next phase after 20 years of broadcasting.

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Canadian broadcasters prep for an SVOD invasion

Broadcast execs discuss how they’re honing their streaming offerings as another wave of deep-pocketed OTT players head toward Canada.

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‘A Mexico-Canada romcom would probably work well in Mexico’

Latam Pictures’ CEO Mineko Mori says local comedies are on the rise in Mexico, and it’s a potentially fruitful area for a copro.

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Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Atom Egoyan

The auteur gained an international reputation for uncompromising, publicly funded films, and continues to build his body of work with more mainstream projects.