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Canadian Screen Awards cancelled due to COVID-19

The Canadian Academy is currently working on how to issue refunds for the broadcast gala, as well as how to honour its nominees without the event.

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Klassen starts strumming on Stupid for You

The punk rock musical produced by Toronto’s SubProd sees the Love in the Sixth director co-star with her daughter.

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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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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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BANFF adds African media mogul Mo Abudu to Summit Series

The EbonyLife founder will discuss her experience as an entrepreneur in a keynote talk aimed at participants of the BANFF Spark accelerator.

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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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CaribbeanTales developing Denham Jolly memoir

Founder and CEO Frances-Anne Solomon (pictured) is set to direct the adaptation, which received support from Telefilm Canada and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Feb. 24 to March 1, 2020

New medical drama Transplant lands at #14, while Murdoch Mysteries cracks the top 30.

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HGTV greenlights Celebrity IOU from Scott Brothers Entertainment

The series will see Drew and Jonathan Scott complete home renos for celebrities from Brad Pitt to Canadian singer Michael Buble, premiering in April.

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Marie Clements wins big at VIWFF

The Red Snow writer/director picked up the festival’s best feature, direction and screenplay prizes.

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Playback’s Indie List: 2020 edition now open

Don’t miss your chance to take part in Playback‘s annual snapshot of an industry in constant flux. Click here to access the survey directly.

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Vertical Entertainment takes Spinster out

The distributor has acquired director Andrea Dorfman’s latest for the U.S. and U.K.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Feb. 28 to March 5, 2020

The Invisible Man appears at #1, followed by Sonic The Hedgehog at #2 and The Call of the Wild at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Feb. 28 to March 5, 2020

Mafia Inc claims the top spot, followed by Albert Shin and James Schultz’s Disappearance at Clifton Hill at #2 and Il pleuvait des oiseaux at #3.