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Fifty participants named to second BANFF Spark cohort

Marylou Mintram, Rebecca Gibson and Lauren Grant are among those participating in the accelerator program for women in the media business, with Super Channel signing on as founding industry partner.

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CTV unveils Change & Action: Racism in Canada

The Bell Media Studios special hosted by Anne-Marie Mediwake, Marci Ien, Tyrone Edwards and Lainey Lui will feature conversations with leaders advocating for change.

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IDM sector grapples with revenue tumble stemming from COVID-19

Small and micro businesses have lost on average 40% of their monthly income, while a further 33% have lost all monthly income, said a CMF Trends report.

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New French streamer Salto acquires Casablanca’s Happily Married

The dark half-hour comedy series, commissioned originally by Radio-Canada Tele and Tou.Tv Extra, is among Salto’s first-ever acquisitions.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for May 26 to June 1, 2020

Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian continue to lead the Digital Original list, while Defending Jacob cracks the top three.

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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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DGC petitions federal government to extend CERB for film, TV workers

The petition proposes an eight-week extension for freelancers faced with a slow restart to production and has already garnered more than 5,000 signatures.

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Two Canadian titles named official Cannes 2020 selections

Pascal Plante’s Nadia, Butterfly and Viggo Mortensen’s Falling are among 56 films that will hold the title of Cannes 2020 selection in lieu of a physical festival.

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WFF hires Shelly Quade as talent programs manager

Based in Halifax, the former manager of programs and development and TELUS partner liaison at the NSI oversees the organization’s 11 talent programs.

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eOne’s new show to take off with Netflix

President of family brands Olivier Dumont weighs in on why the SVOD was the right partner for the studio’s space-themed family series Alien TV.

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Canadian OTT subscribers with three or more services grow

Media Technology Monitor’s Sneak Peek Report also found that Facebook and YouTube lead as the most popular options for remote social viewing features.

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Thunderbird earnings hit record growth in Q3

The growth was largely driven by its kids and animation division, while the company aims to increase its scale with a long-term hybrid work-from-home structure.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, May 18 to 24, 2020

Transplant continues its remarkable ratings run, landing at #3, behind only The Masked Singer and CTV’s evening news.

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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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HGF backs 23 films in third quarter of 2019/20

Conquering Lion Pictures and Shaftesbury’s Undercard and Screen Siren Pictures’ Saving Manno are among the funder’s Story Option stream.