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Nation’s broadcasters assemble for all-Canadian COVID-19 special

Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble is produced by Insight Productions, Bell Media Studios and CBC to show support for frontline workers and raise funds for Food Banks Canada.

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Feds will provide $500M to Canadian Heritage

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the half-billion dollar cash injection will support artists and creators, as well as organizations experiencing liquidity problems.

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COVID-19: Playback’s resource guide

An overview of the financial, informational and mental health supports and resources available to Canadian industry members during the COVID-19 crisis, updated regularly.

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Code 8 decodes Netflix algorithm, surges to top of streamer’s charts

After generating North American VOD revenues of $5 million, the Telefilm-backed feature continues to exceed expectations by topping Netflix’s daily film list in the U.S.

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CFC Features’ Justine Whyte departs

The director and executive producer has been a driving part of the program since its creation in 1992, and has worked closely with over 100 writers, directors and producers.

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CMF offers stability with its 2020/21 program budget

The funding body will invest $353 million in TV and digital projects in the upcoming fiscal year, with minimal changes to its programs in light of the COVID-19 crisis. (Unlocked)

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Indie List 2020

Producers now have until April 10 to complete Playback‘s annual survey of independent production spending. Click here to access the survey directly.

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Kim’s scores season five and six renewal

CBC has ordered another two 13-episode seasons of the hit comedy.

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Post-production sector innovates as ‘two-phase disaster’ looms

COVID-19: The industry has rapidly introduced work-at-home measures, but is contending with unexpected costs and the reality of a post-production dead zone in the fall. (Unlocked)

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Federal government steps in for broadcasters

As the industry faces an overall decline in ad revenue and complications related to production, a new measure will represent $30 million in savings across 107 broadcasters.

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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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Taking stock of the on-demand release

Canadian distributors like PNP and Northern Banner Releasing discuss how shifts wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted business. (Unlocked)