People/Companies

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The reality check

From Playback Magazine: For those waiting for augmented reality to go mainstream, welcome to the year where the technology edges into practical reality.

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Up(fronts) in the air

Most Canadian networks have not yet decided the fates of their annual Upfronts, however the issue is raising age-old questions about the relevance of the events.

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In brief: Cineworld issues layoff notices in the U.K.

Plus: CBC has made access to Curio.ca free, while Kidoodle.TV has acquired new content and more. (Cloudbabies pictured).

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‘Disappointment’ follows CBC decision to cut local newscasts

The pubcaster’s Chuck Thompson told Playback Daily that Radio-Canada, which works on a different size and scale, will maintain its regional newscasts.

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EXCLUSIVE: WGC cancels 2020 Screenwriting Awards

Instead, the guild said it will announce the winners virtually, with recipients set to be recognized on stage at its 2021 ceremony.

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Media drives revenue lifts at Quebecor

The company benefited both from media acquisitions and lifts in specialty subscription, and is now focusing on its 5G roll-out.

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Cineworld continues with Cineplex deal in face of coronavirus concerns

The U.K. theatre chain maintains deal will close but protracted virus crisis may ‘cast doubt’ over ability to stay in business.

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Media Headquarters’ Cohen buys back prodco from Kew Media Group

Cohen will remain as CEO of the Salvage Kings producer, with the Toronto company’s production staff and slate unaffected by the move.

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Wattpad Studios unveils first European hire

Carla Zeller’s Paris-based role sees her focus on growing Wattpad’s existing European partnerships, as Muriel Rosilio joins the team on a permanent basis.

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Nikki Ray Media Agency strikes deal for Architect’s shares

Playback Daily has learned the transaction is expected to close within the next few days and will see production on titles like Fire Masters continue.

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J.C. Mills to head up Cineflix Productions

Cineflix Media has appointed the former Glass Entertainment Group executive as president and commercial director, while Charles Tremayne shifts to a new role.

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DATSIT Sphere acquires BGM from Kew Media

The deal marks DATSIT Sphere’s first foray into English-language factual production as BGM follows Frantic Films in the Canadian prodco exit from Kew.