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Extra: Crave moves up Once Were Brothers release

Plus: Wattpad, Shaw Rocket Fund partner on a writing contest for self-isolating teens and Food Network Canada launches a new short-form baking series. (Unlocked)

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How to manage mental health issues during COVID-19

Workplace mental health expert Jordan Friesen shares tips on how film and TV workers can cope during periods of uncertainty and what employers can do to help. (Unlocked)

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T.O. Film Office confirms it won’t issue permits for up to 12 weeks

The Toronto Film Office said it will comply with all orders from Toronto Public Health, meaning production will likely remain at a standstill until late June. (Unlocked)

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CMF offers stability with its 2020/21 program budget

The funding body will invest $353 million in TV and digital projects in the upcoming fiscal year, with minimal changes to its programs in light of the COVID-19 crisis. (Unlocked)

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Indie List deadline extended

Producers now have until April 10 to complete Playback‘s annual survey of independent production spending. Click here to access the survey directly.

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Corus’ TV ratings surge, but how to monetize uptick remains unclear

COVID-19: The company is cancelling its 2020 upfront as it focuses on managing costs and sorting through regulatory issues created by the pandemic. (Unlocked)

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Post-production sector innovates as ‘two-phase disaster’ looms

COVID-19: The industry has rapidly introduced work-at-home measures, but is contending with unexpected costs and the reality of a post-production dead zone in the fall. (Unlocked)

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‘Be nice and nimble:’ Paul Bronfman’s advice in a crisis

The William F. White International head says the safety and security of employees is priority number one, while the industry works hard to survey the financial damage. (Unlocked)

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CMF to give ‘maximum flexibility’ to 1,500 projects affected by COVID-19

The organization also assured the domestic content sector that its program budget for 2020/21 will be “comparable” to the previous year. (Unlocked)

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Quebecor lays off 10% of workforce as COVID-19 impact deepens

President and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau called the temporary job cuts “unavoidable” but said the company is putting in place financial support measures for those affected. (Unlocked)

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Canadian Academy postpones CSAs winners announcements

The organization said it remains committed to celebrating the winners, and looks forward to “feteing them properly when the time is right.” (Unlocked)

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Taking stock of the on-demand release

Canadian distributors like PNP and Northern Banner Releasing discuss how shifts wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted business. (Unlocked)