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Shaftesbury Tech debuts Bubble Bloom

The free tablet app for kids aged six to 15 is the first of six positive distraction games the prodco’s technology division plans to release.

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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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Playback stands in solidarity

Playback stands in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities and all people of colour.

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‘Making things simply won’t be the same without him’: remembering David Hayman

The revered music supervisor was an integral part of Toronto’s indie scene, working on titles including Kim’s Convenience and Once Were Brothers.

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COVID-19: Playback’s resource guide

An overview of the financial, informational and mental health supports and resources available to Canadian industry members during the COVID-19 crisis, updated regularly.

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Federal government loosens CERB eligibility requirements

The benefits program is now open to those making up to $1,000 a month, in addition to creators receiving royalty payments from prior copyrighted works. (Unlocked)

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CMF launches COVID-19 information hub

The resource page will be regularly updated with details on financial support programs and relevant news to the industry as the funder sets its COVID-19 action plan. (Unlocked)

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Canadian Film Day streams on to celebrate homegrown film

Reel Canada is taking the annual Canadian film celebration online with curated film collections on streaming sites and a four-hour livestream on April 22.

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CBC launches $2M relief fund for content creators

The pubcaster’s Creative Relief Fund spans development and production and will be administered in three separate streams. (Unlocked)

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Rethinking the production model for a post-COVID world

Virtual roundtable part two: producers discuss ways to future proof against a second or third wave of the pandemic, bracing for unprecedented crew demand when production resumes, and what this all means for the BTLR report. (Unlocked)

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Playback’s virtual roundtable pt. 1: producers unpack COVID-19 fallout

With the pandemic upending every facet of the domestic business, production heads discuss the near-term impact, contingency planning, survival, mental health of employees and their bottom lines. (Unlocked)

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CBC, Hot Docs team for ‘festival-at-home’ experience

Hot Docs at Home on CBC will bring Canadian films that would have premiered at the documentary festival to domestic TV audiences. (Unlocked)