Film

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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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Canadian Academy postpones CSAs winners announcements

The organization said it remains committed to celebrating the winners, and looks forward to “feteing them properly when the time is right.” (Unlocked)

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Super Channel, Vortex will do Anything For Jackson

The Allarco-owned network has commissioned the horror feature directed by Justin G. Dyck and starring Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings.

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In brief: Catching up with SXSW’s Canadian winners

Plus, Hot Docs’ industry market moves to an online format, while the Toronto Screenwriting Conference retools its awards for remote mentorship.

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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)

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UPDATED: Events and productions impacted by COVID-19

With the situation rapidly evolving, Playback will be updating this post with information on what productions and events have been affected.

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Sofia Laroussi named executive director of RIDM

Laroussi (pictured) replaces outgoing executive director Mara Gourd-Mercado, who will exit on April 3 following a brief remote transition period.

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COVID-19 task force releases impact-assessment survey

The national survey aims to quantify the cost of production interruptions and measure the impact on companies’ operations. (Unlocked)

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Telefilm mulls funding overages due to COVID-19

The funding agency announced increased flexibility with contract requirements and defaults while maintaining its drawdown schedule for financed projects. (Unlocked)

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Cineplex temporarily lays off thousands of part-time workers

The exhibition giant is also cutting the salaries of its full-timers and executives as it looks to safeguard the long-term stability of its business amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Unlocked)

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for March 13 to 19, 2020

This week’s data saw Onward lead, followed by Bloodshot at #2 and The Invisible Man at #3.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for March 13 to 19, 2020

Although both French and English-language cinemas closed early last week, Mafia Inc, 14 Jours, 12 Nuits and Les notres claimed the top three spots.