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Shaw Rocket, Wattpad unveil narrative podcast winner, with Shaftesbury set to produce

The prodco will lead development and production on a podcast adaptation of Loridee De Villa’s script The Infinite Worlds of Ella Jane.

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Welcome to the new Playback

Publisher Jenn Kuzmyk and editor-in-chief Liza Sardi outline new Playback initiatives and offerings as the publication evolves alongside the industry it has covered for more than 30 years.

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Strategy, BANFF create marketing incubator for women in media

Marketers and ad execs can lend their expertise to The BANFF Spark Marketing Accelerator, which aims to help women-owned businesses scale up, and increase industry diversity and inclusion.

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Cogeco rebuffs $10.3B joint bid from Rogers, Altice USA

Under the proposed offer, Rogers was looking to acquire all Cogeco’s Canadian assets for around $4.9 billion, with Altice USA taking the American assets.

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Jesse Wente named chairperson of Canada Council for the Arts

Indigenous Screen Office executive director Wente has been appointed on a five-year term, replacing outgoing chairperson Pierre Lassonde.

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Playback Summer 2020: How we reopen

The summer 2020 issue breaks down how Canada’s screen-based industry coped with shutdowns and found innovative solutions to restart production in a pandemic.

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Like George, I am in a vise. I am trapped. I can’t breathe either.

Column: Reelworld founder and executive director Tonya Williams asks “is your story perpetuating the negative stereotypes that lend to the public fear and violent treatment of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour as less than human?”

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Ontario working group submits COVID-19 protocols for approval

The Section 21 Committee has finalized a set of COVID-19 safety guidelines, which have now been submitted to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development for review.

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Playback stands in solidarity

Playback stands in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities and all people of colour.

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Hear that? Studios get vocal about remote VO solutions

Nelvana and others share how they’re adapting to the limitations of doing voiceover recordings while working from home.

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Hot Docs postponed

Plans are underway to deliver the event’s pitch presentations and one-on-one meetings in an online environment.

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BTLR report proposes sweeping overhaul of Cancon funding system

The report’s 97 recommendations include combining the CMF and Telefilm, mandating that streamers contribute to Cancon, reintroducing terms of trade and an ad-free CBC.