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BCE revenue plummets; media hit hardest, down 31%

Ad revenue for media was down across the board, from TV and radio to digital and OOH.

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In brief: CBC unveils dates for Canada/U.K. copro Enslaved

The docuseries led by Samuel L. Jackson is set to debut on the pubcaster this October, plus TLN welcomes a new member to its team.

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CMF, CFC, Canada Council team with U.K. institutions on immersive content program

Offering a total coproduction fund of $510,000, the program is the first exchange initiative dedicated to immersive storytelling between the two countries.

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In brief: Sinking Ship adds distribution manager

The Future of Film Showcase moves online with CBC Gem, while the Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival recognizes Shirley Douglas, plus more.

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Talent House launches boutique agency for drag queens

Founded by Daniel Birnbaum, the drag performance agency represents Canadian drag queens, including stars from Canada’s Drag Race and CBC’s Queens.

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Live sports cancellations sink Rogers’ media revenues by 50%

The division saw the biggest drop across all of Rogers’ segments and follows the company’s recent rebrand to reflect the powerful role sports play within its ecosystem.

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Buttignol to continue as Knowledge Network head

The B.C. pubcaster’s board of directors has extended the long-time president and CEO’s contract to October 2024.

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Toronto producer forms Baobab Film Collective with African prodcos

Launched by Cape Verdean and Canadian filmmaker P.J. Marcellino, the collective will produce African-centred dramas for the global market.

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In brief: CBC sets special programming in honour of Emancipation Day

Plus: Two Canadians make the 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows program and Super Channel unveils its latest virtual film festival partnership.

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Neshama adds VP of business, legal affairs to exec team

The prodco has expanded its team as it goes back into production and grows its business with partner and minority shareholder MarVista Entertainment.

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Inspired Image taps new CSO to lead strategic Canadian expansion

The former Sim International exec joins the equipment rental and production services company to oversee its growth and diversification, including acquisitions.

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MacKendrick’s In Good Hands lands with White Pine Pictures

The Toronto production company plans to turn the young adult title recently published by KCP Loft into a documentary series.