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BANFF exec director Jenn Kuzmyk appointed Playback publisher

In the expanded role, Kuzmyk will oversee the Canadian industry publication as it grows its remit and launches new offerings.

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Behind the scenes of CaribbeanTales’ 15th edition

Festival director Diana Webley on reimagining the event for a digital audience and amplifying its programming in a year of seismic change.

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WIFTV names Grace Chin interim managing director

The former festival director of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival takes over from Carolyn Combs, who departed the organization after eight 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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Blue Ant reveals fall acquisitions for its suite of specialty channels

The media company has acquired around a dozen titles as it continues to build its ‘pandemic-proof’ programming schedule for the fall and beyond.

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Lady Dicks rolls into production

Principal photography has officially begun for the CBC buddy-cop drama, co-created by Tassie Cameron and Sherry White, with additional cast members and creatives announced.

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Deals: Sinking Ship, Violation, Cup of Cheer

Sinking Ship Entertainment reveals new sales, while TIFF-set Violation gains Altitude, and Indiecan Entertainment and APL Film clink with Christmas comedy Cup of Cheer.

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Inside Out festival’s Andria Wilson to depart after 30th edition

The organization’s executive director is exiting after four years at the helm, with a committee being appointed to find a replacement to lead the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in Canada.

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Daniel Grou, Nathan Morlando among DGC TV noms

Vikings is up for the directorial achievement in dramatic series, while CBC productions have a hold on the directorial achievement in a comedy series section.

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Jann leads CTV fall lineup dominated by unscripted shows

Corner Gas Animated will return to CTV Comedy Channel, while HBO Max originals Raised by Wolves and Love Life make their way to Sci-Fi and Drama, respectively.

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In brief: Rodeo FX expands Quebec footprint

Plus: APTN preps the debut of its original anthology series Amplify and Corus’ digital agency so.da launches its latest branded project.

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NSI’s New Indigenous Voices tunes into a new frequency

The CBC-backed initiative is shifting its focus to podcast-based storytelling for its 2020 edition, with the Winnipeg-headquartered organization unveiling a new nine-person cohort.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Aug. 25 to 31, 2020

The Umbrella Academy holds strong at #1 on the Digital Original list, while Lucifer and The Mandalorian land at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Overall entertainment and media revenue to fall by 6%

A new study by PwC says it could take advertising figures three years to get back to 2019 levels.

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TVA sets its fall schedule

Singing competition La voix leads a lineup of new and returning series, including scripted dramas, variety series and unscripted shows.