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How 9 Story stays productive in a pandemic

President and CEO Vince Commisso explains how the company will maintain its output in the long term during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Behind the scenes of The Willoughbys

The animated film’s producers Brenda Gilbert and Luke Carroll discuss what made the Lois Lowry story a fit for the “Bron world” and collaborating with Netflix.

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Netflix smashes Q1 forecasts, adds 16M subs

Overall revenue climbed 28% to US$5.8 billion, with Tiger King, Love is Blind and Ozark propelling viewership during the pandemic.

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Martin Carrier to succeed Michel Trudel as MELS president

The video game developer exec will serve as SVP, business development and transition to the role of president when Trudel’s contract expires. (Carrier pictured)

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Column: Go big and stay home

Reel Canada’s Jack Blum and Sharon Corder discuss National Canadian Film Day’s pivot and how, even through these challenging times, the industry has come together.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, April 6 to 12, 2020

Transplant comes in at #9, while Schitt’s Creek, Island of Bryan and Cardinal make the list.

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Canada Council, CBC launch digital funding initiative

Digital Originals offers artists and creators a maximum of $5,000 from the Canada Council, with the funder supporting approximately 200 projects.

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Deals: Abacus Media Rights, D360, MCE

Jonathan Ford’s new company with Amcomri Media Group picks up the rights to two series from Frantic Films, while D360 strikes deals with two Canadian producers, and more.

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ACTRA head on safety, CERB and opportunities for performers

ACTRA National president David Sparrow said politicians, and the industry itself, should not forget how crucial the arts have been during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CFF, Super Channel partner for virtual version

Starting on May 21, Canadian Film Fest presented by Super Channel will see nine features and 25 shorts screen on Super Channel Fuse.

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Hear that? Studios get vocal about remote VO solutions

Nelvana and others share how they’re adapting to the limitations of doing voiceover recordings while working from home.

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U.K. indies report $438M in losses, dwindling reserves in Pact survey

The report pegged losses stemming from cancelled or postponed productions at around $4.55 million per company, while 58% said they will scale back on development.

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Bell acquires 1.5 million protective masks in COVID-19 response efforts

Bell said it is donating the N95 and KN95 masks to federal, provincial and territorial governments for distribution in all regions of the country.

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Quibi orders Look Mom! Productions’ Doomlands

Created by Josh O’Keefe and exec produced by Josh Bowen (pictured), writers and performers attached include Mark Little (Cavendish) and Kayla Lorette (New Eden).

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Schitt’s Creek ends on a high note on CBC

The series finale pulled in an average audience of more than 1.2 million viewers and was the most-watched program on CBC Gem for the week of April 5 to 11.