The $27.8 million in funding will provide financial assistance to additional companies and organizations that were not eligible for Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
Welcome to our COVID-19 Information Hub. Here you will find a regularly updated list of assistance programs for workers and businesses in Canada’s screen-based industries, as well as news from the CMF and information on the impact of COVID-19 on our industry. The CMF will continue to be a reliable partner in service to our industry. You can count on us.
The COVID-19 global pandemic is affecting the employees, businesses and freelancers that make up Canada’s screen-based industries.
However, help is available. Here’s a list of assistance programs that are at your disposal from organizations at the federal, provincial or territorial, and municipal levels. This information will be updated regularly throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
For information on federal support to businesses, go to the Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
If you are an employed or self-employed Canadian and are directly affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
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The $27.8 million in funding will provide financial assistance to additional companies and organizations that were not eligible for Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
The funding will be invested through targeted initiatives to ensure equity, including by region, language and for underrepresented groups.
The survey was open between March 23, 2020 and April 6, 2020. In total, 245 IDM companies and 60 self-employed individuals responded to the survey.
Parent companies that have received support – either directly or indirectly through their subsidiaries – in 2017-18, 2018-19 or 2019-20 are eligible to receive funding following a formula outlined in the criteria, with caps ranging between $200K and $800K.
The flexibility measures are designed to give eligible applicants and broadcasters additional latitude in accessing the CMF’s existing programs and navigating its policies and administrative practices.
The Government of Canada will contribute $88.8M to the CMF and $27M to Telefilm. Details of how this new funding will be allocated and disbursed will be announced as soon as possible.
$115.8 million to support the audiovisual sector, to be distributed by the CMF ($88.8 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million). Click here for more information on Canadian Heritage funding support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thursday, May 7 at 2:30 pm ET, the CMPA will host a free webinar for its members with Nathalie Clermont, VP Programs and Business Development and Rod Butler, Director Programs and Policy.
Presented by DOC on April 23 at 1:00 PM EST. Nathalie Clermont, VP Programs and Business Development at CMF to participate.
Prime Minister Trudeau today announced that the Government of Canada will provide an additional $500M to Canadian Heritage to support the arts, culture and sports sectors.
Valerie Creighton to participate along with Claude Joli-Coeur and Christa Dickenson. Webinar is on April 16th at 12:30pm EDT.
The online resource is meant to help the workers and businesses of Canada’s screen-based industries navigate these uncertain times.
CMF will continue to provide stability, predictability, and — where needed — flexibility to ensure our industry can thrive.
A letter from President and CEO, Valerie Creighton with updates on CMF's response to COVID-19.
This national survey will help quantify the scope of the financial impact of the ongoing crisis on the Canadian screen-based sector.
As the impact of the virus continues to grow rapidly, the taskforce wants to highlight its commitment to supporting the Canadian screen-based industry.
Starting today, the CMF team will be working remotely to protect each other, our clients, and our community. All business will be carried out remotely.
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The Media Technology Monitor looked at the educational tools that parents of kids 7-17 have been using to help with the learning process while in quarantine. Visit MTM to download a free infographic.
The Canadian LGBTQ film festival has announced the 16 recipients for its RE:Focus Emergency Relief Fund.
Consumers plan to do more streaming after the pandemic.
Revenues are likely to decline in 2020 as esport companies can no longer stage physical events.
“At a time when movie theatres are closed, or have restricted occupancy, young consumers see streaming as a way to satisfy their first-run movie fix.”
Games reached 14 billion downloads in Q2.
The four festivals will focus on collaboration and supporting the film industry through the pandemic.
The federal government has so far provided $212 billion in direct support to businesses and individuals. The largest amounts are the Emergency Response Benefit, the wage subsidy and the Canada Emergency Business Account CEBA.
On-location filming in LA dropped 97.8% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year.
The festival will go ahead from September 2-12 with changes due to sanitary protocols.
Half of survey respondents intending to return to public spaces say regular cleaning is the most important safety measure.
Short-form digital content producers are met with many of the same health and safety hurdles as larger prodcos ― but with lower budgets to face them.
The funding includes $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector and $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the CMF.
Agreements brokered by the UK Culture Secretary will allow some of the biggest film and television productions to go ahead safely this summer.
The British Film Institute will help UK film sales companies cover pandemic-related costs.
The 2020 editions of MIPCOM and MIPJunior will be held as both a physical event in Cannes and as a hybrid digital event online.
44% of small Indigenous businesses surveyed in Canada expect to fail within the next three to six months without further help.
This includes £880 million in grants for theaters, music venues, heritage sites, museums, galleries and independent cinemas.
The French film, TV, radio and video sector took a €4.9 billion hit during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Hollywood studios explore whether premium video-on-demand and at-home theatrical releases could be a viable business model.
While lockdowns meant great business for SVoD platforms, societies gradually reopening and an economic crisis could spell trouble for these services.
GWI’s Katie Gilsenan expands on the crucial role social media platforms have played during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Deadline has learned that a decision will be made in the United Kingdom on a possible insurance fund to allow production to resume safely.
VFX company Pixomondo’s CEO warns that a shortage of new work will place many post-production and VFX companies at risk.
With financial woes looming for many consumers, AVoD services could take off in a COVID-19 world.
While Americans can’t travel to Europe just yet, film and TV producers are the exception to the rule.
160 Walmart parking lots will be turned into drive-in theatres this summer, and the Tribeca team will curate the movies shown across the country.
While SVOD subs trend downwards, gamers keep on gaming.
TV ad sales could be back to stability by the end of the year.
Prodcos Fremantle and Syco implemented a series of measures to ensure that the talent show could shoot again.
Perhaps expectedly, SVOD services are seeing their subscription numbers go back to Earth as lockdowns ease around the world.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5G is developing faster than 4G in its early days.
Major Hollywood organizations and unions call on Congress to help solve the coming insurance crisis on film and TV sets.
Those delayed theater debuts are a big blow to the movie theater industry, which has been waiting for Hollywood's blockbusters releases to hit theaters to attract audiences.
Warner Bros. announced that it has decided to push the film to August 12, as several states have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The Taipei Film Festival is likely the first in the world to occur in-person since the global outbreak of COVID-19 — albeit without international guests.
Applications have opened and are now available through Canada’s large banks.
COVID-19 has thrown a new wrench in the works of mergers and acquisitions in the kid content business.
The Philadelphia-set festival is a celebration of Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists.
"Doing everything online has been incredibly efficient."
On Monday, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism modified guidelines for reopening China’s entertainment venues that put a series of time and capacity limits on the use of indoor venues.
The number of Canadians working from home has grown seven-fold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the importance of reliable connections.
The self-directed educational programs aim to fill the gap of cancelled summer camps amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The volume of broadcast series orders took a massive hit this year as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Screen Australia will administer the new fund. It will be largely directed to providing financial guarantees that allow to restart production.
The third phase of B.C.'s restart plan began on June 24 with the publication of safety guidelines by the industry and for the industry.
As cinemas and streamers turn to older titles to plug the gap caused by production suspensions, how to value a film library is a major question.
A snapshot of the box office in a selection of markets from this past weekend.
Facebook has committed $1 million CAD to Digital Main Street, which is a program aiming to help 50,000 Canadian businesses build and optimize their stores online.
GroupM expects a decline of nearly 18% in the television segment in 2020.
In an audio essay broadcast on BBC Sounds, Netflix CEO has talked up the popularity of international shows during the global lockdown.
Frequent testing, stricter cleaning procedures, and social distancing are part of a new set of production guidelines as New York State looks to resume shooting
According to Nielsen, the linear viewership rise in March and April has now faded in the U.S.
California is not expected to release specific guidelines for theme parks until after July 4.
TIFF’s 45th edition, which will run from Sept. 10 to 19, is moving ahead with its plan to launch a digital and in-person film fest. It will feature a smaller lineup of projects, with 50 feature films and five short film programs.
Canadian buyers followed the U.S. networks in mostly renewing series from last season.
The pandemic is expected to create opportunities for Canadian-based directors and actors.
Measures co-producers are taking include focusing on development, green-lighting smaller, more containable projects and urging governments to take on the role of insurers.
The extent of the COVID-19’s devastating effect on intimacy on set is yet to be fully assessed.
Cinemas can reopen "if they can do so safely," the government said.
“People have more time on their hands, and they’re trying new things. But at the same time, we are seeing a significant amount of churn.”
NBCUniversal-owned movie ticketing app Fandango adds new features to highlight the safety measures being undertaken amid the COVID-19 crisis.
This announcement follows recent news that the 31st Cartoon Forum would move forward as an in-person event to be held in France between September 14 and 17.
The petition follows a statement by Cineworld CEO, who said in a recent interview that staff would be required to wear masks, but customers would not.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled television production, the distribution of content has remained strong. Canadian stakeholders are well positioned to take advantage of this moment.
Tribeca Enterprises’s annual Tribeca Drive-In series is going national this year with help from the NFL to expand the event to stadiums in Dallas, Miami and Seattle.
The restart is symbolic given that The Witcher was one of the first major shows to shut down in mid-March.
Movie theaters in Beijing will receive $1,600 on average from a development fund that is normally allocated toward subsidizing film productions and building new cinemas.
Global buyers and sellers are making an unprecedented attempt to get business done entirely online.
The Unity Women Entrepreneurs Program will offer loans to women entrepreneurs in British Columbia who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Georgia pares spending to respond to an unprecedented budget crisis, the state’s film tax credit could be on the chopping block.
The Golden Globes have usually been held on the first Sunday of January as a kickoff to the awards season. The 2021 edition will take place on February 28.
"Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable," says The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions.
Movie theatres weren't the only part of the industry forced to alter their plans once the global pandemic struck earlier this year.
Streamers are spending more time online and are discovering new interests.
The titles were collated by the Film Distributors’ Association to provide programmers and theatre operators with a wide mix of product that will help draw audiences back to cinemas.
The delay comes only four days after the government announced that the expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) would become available June 19th.
Stages and work areas of the studio have been transformed with a safety-first approach.
Monday, June 22, 10am PDT/1pm EDT. Join WIFT chapters across the country for a moderated discussion with the Heritage Minister, Steven Guilbeault: Women & Screen Industries Before and During Covid-19.
Twitch may host some form of TwitchCon this year, and it could take place online.
The event was scheduled to take place March 25-28, but was moved to August 26-29. Now, organizers will make the event an online platform.
Networks such as Disney and ViacomCBS are making their streaming platforms a more central part of their upfront pitches.
Testing of the app will begin in Ontario.
Games for Change — which advocates for games as drivers of social impact — unveiled its roster for the Games for Change Festival 2020 virtual event (July 14-16).
The CBC received close to 9,000 applications for the $2.2-million fund.
Montreal-based Pamplemousse Média is sparing no effort in getting the televised graduation ball on air in time to celebrate this year’s high-school graduates on June 19.
While summer blockbusters have been postponed, smaller indie films have been released online on schedule.
The program, established in response to COVID-19, provides matching capital to companies that are raising funding from the private sector.
Studio City Toronto recently broke ground on three new soundstages.
PAX Online will take place virtually, September 12-20.
The CERB, which was scheduled to end in July, offers support to people who have stopped working because of COVID-19. Individuals can receive $2,000 for a four week period.
“Mobile and fixed networks are increasingly playing an even bigger part of critical national infrastructure.”
‘Canadians will be offered online videos, crafts and even a stop-motion animation app.’
Health experts in the US are warning of the potential for a reinstatement of restrictions.
Three of the four major telcos in Canada saw an increase in their brand trust scores.
The 93rd Academy Awards, initially scheduled for February 28, 2021, will now take place on April 25.
Cineplex would reopen select theatres in Alberta on June 26.
Certain businesses that were not eligible for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will become eligible this week.
Last month, the government announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was set to be extended to the end of August.
While most provinces have released COVID-19 guidelines, the guidance leaves many details up to individual companies.
A look at how the non-scripted business is gearing up to resume production over the next few months.
Frequent COVID-19 testing is the "cornerstone" of the plan.
The office of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp estimates the productions will invest over $2 billion into the state economy during the next eighteen months.
With the lack of live festivals to showcase productions, prodcos are left with a choice: to screen or not to screen.
Lessons learned from Scandinavia, where production has been up and running for weeks.
The BFI has allocated £1.3 million in National Lottery funding and a £150,000 contribution from the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund.
The Minister of Indigenous Services announced additional funding totaling $133 million to support Indigenous business through the pandemic and into recovery.
Industry stakeholders weigh in on the ups and downs of the markets and conferences shift to digital.
The regulations give the green light for productions to resume as soon as Friday, although most are not expected to get underway until much later in the summer.
$50 million is coming from Ottawa and $7.65 million is being provided by the Ontario government.
What would normally be a competitive weekend at the box office will play out entirely in a digital arena.
45 per cent of Americans say they will make paid streaming services a permanent part of life moving forward.
In the first quarter of 2020, 76% of US broadband households subscribed to an OTT video service.
The Canadian Media Producers Association has asked Ottawa to contribute CAD$100 million to top up a “pledged reserve” of funds, pooled from the sale of coronavirus-specific insurance policies.
The doc calls for increasing turnaround time and recommends that staff can't be held accountable for security breaches if working remotely.
The initiative calls on entertainment companies to continue to seek gender and racial equality in their hiring as the the industry looks to resume production after the COVID-19 shutdown.
The Disneyland Resort is targeting to reopen fully in July.
In line with state guidelines, county health officials have approved film and television production to resume on June 12.
The new resource provides access to resources like Facebook Blueprint, LinkedIn Learning and Twitter Flight School to help businesses pivot their operations online.
The entertainment industry may be in for a series of initial public offerings, particularly in streaming video, including from foreign companies seeking to tap the U.S. market.
Prime reasons to remain shuttered include lack of marquee fare.
This article is the first in a series about what’s next for Canada’s TV production sector as it slowly emerges from the shutdowns put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Canadian animation sector has been resilient in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
More than $100 million has already been distributed to companies.
The ‘virtual experiences’ initiative aims to bring aspects of the event to people at home.
Revenue has not quite recovered to pre-crisis levels, but the upward trajectory is giving hope.
A host of safety measures are recommended, including strict social distancing measures for at least the first two weeks.
The new filming protocols could create a new normal for moviemaking worldwide.
While film and TV productions now have a greenlight to resume production, B.C. is still retaining a mandatory quarantine for all returning travelers, including Hollywood actors, directors and producers.
70% of companies have reported growth, with positive net additions of more than 8 million subscribers.
PME MTL will administer the funds.
Showrunners discussed how transitioning from physical workspaces to Zoom-based writers rooms changed their work.
Chinese companies have a lesson or two to share with the rest of the world as far as COVID-19 response goes.
Kidscreen offers up a country-by-country overview of back-to-work guidelines in the screen production sector.
The Canadian government will delay 5 auctions by six months because of the pandemic.
Children’s entertainment looks like it will weather the COVID-19 storm better than many other sectors.
Major studios in the United Kingdom, including two that were particularly affected by COVID-19, are resuming their activities.
As productions look to resume in the COVID-19 pandemic, VFX could play a vital role.
As normalcy slowly makes a comeback, connected TV use is keeping high, and conventional TV falls.
Hollywood studios are weighing strategies to make the most out of their planned 2020 releases.
The International Cinematographers Guild has released an 11-page long set of guidelines promoting a safe return to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ad spend on connected TV and OTT platforms bounced back 40 percent in the U.S. between May and April 2020.
AMC’s financial situation borders on “disastrous,” with an expected loss for the first quarter of 2020 ranging between US$2.1 to US$2.5 billion dollars.
One in five Brits would go back to movie theatres in the current context, but three in four say they would feel comfortable doing so if sanitization measures are apparent.
As Italy slowly finds back a semblance of normalcy, TV consumption falls back to Earth.
The proposed UK production guidelines have been published today for industry consultations.
Studios could regain some power over movie theatres in a post-COVID world.
The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force has submitted a series of guidelines geared at resuming TV and film shoots safely.
The downturn in phone sales is felt across continents and phone makers.
Quebec’s audiovisual sector will get $91.5 million and film/TV shoots will be able to resume starting June 8 while following guidelines elaborated by the CNESST.
Read the U.S. COVID-19 safety measures submitted to NY and CA governors by Hollywood production companies, unions, and consultants.
As part of Manitoba's second phase reopening plan, film and television production is allowed to resume starting June 1.
The guide was published on June 1st by the UK Screen Alliance, and was prepared in consultation with companies in post and VFX and industry bodies BFI, BFC, Pact and BECTU.
The guidelines, released by the British Film Commission, come after weeks of industry consultations.
The Manitoba Media Production Industry COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide provides recommendations and best practices regarding implementation of the distancing, cleaning, hygiene, and related practices required by Manitoba Government regulation.
Barclays analyst says growth has been slower for AVOD than for ad-free services.
Filming live-action shows during COVID-19: kids TV producer Sarah Haasz plans to cut costs by using TFO’s real-time virtual reality studio Luv.
Consumers turned to their smartphones en masse during the first month of the pandemic, especially to consume video content.
The measures are meant to help those impacted by COVID-19.
The Governor will issue guidelines next week that could allow some parts of California to move into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, including “high-risk workspaces” such as movie theaters.
The online film festival We Are One kicks off on May 29th with 10 days of films, talks, performances and VR experiences.
New Zealand announced a jobseekers programme and four new funds to help the arts and music sector.
According to Leichtman Research Group, 53% of adults in US TV households are watching more TV per day.
Cineworld’s acquisition of Canada’s Cineplex has been delayed.
The ShopHere program helps build online stores for small businesses and artists in a short time.
Telus launched a #StandWithOwners social media campaign asking Canadians to highlight small businesses.
Advertisers are asking TV networks for more flexibility as they face the COVID-19 crisis.
Podcast listening has grown, but shifted as well as people no longer commute.
A taskforce on insurance protection has submitted a proposal for a government-backed fund that may amount to hundreds of millions of pounds.
Themes covered include work health and safety (WHS) laws, risk management, control measures and incident management.
In the most recent entry in its series on digital media consumption in Canada, Comscore looks at the week of May 4 to May 10, 2020.
To deal with the impact of COVID-19, Canadian carriers are implementing new measures to cut costs.
India produces up to 2,000 movies per year. The Producer’s Guild Of India submitted its safety protocols for resuming on-set shoots this week.
This is earlier than expected.
The Index of Consumer Confidence increased by 16.2 points in May, after hitting a record low in April.
‘One way businesses can demonstrate the leadership this moment requires is through a continued investment in their people and renewed commitments to safety, equity, diversity, and inclusion.’
In the US, SAG-AFTRA, the DGA and IATSE have yet to agree on a White Paper that will provide guidelines for the resumption of film and television production.
2020 will be a blockbuster year for mobile games and apps, according to App Annie and IDC.
A look at trends in China, Japan, Europe, Australia and Brazil.
Pay-TV subscribers in Q1 2020 are 0.3% higher than in the previous quarter.
56% of pay-TV subscribers spend more time watching TV per day, compared to 45% of non-subscribers.
The parks’ opening is a milestone for Disney economically and a barometer for the gradual reopening of the US economy.
COVID-19 has weakened the cyber-security of many organizations, exposing them to hackers and cyber-attacks.
The extensions are for the T2 and T3 statements.
US advertisers cancelled 15% to 25% of the Q3 advertising bought during the 2019-20 upfront.
Kids in the US and UK are seeking more family time and content for co-viewing.
Phones are projected to be most affected, declining 14.6% from 2019.
The company will award grants of more than $5,000 in cash and advertising credits to about 650 small businesses in Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Vancouver.
The online hub provides tips and resources for businesses information on available relief measures.
Small to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations and charities will have access to business advisors.
The program offers forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to support small business tenants with rent and meet operating costs.
Sector associations are joining forces to support more than 300 creative companies and video game studios located in Montréal thanks to support from the City of Montréal.
The Government of Canada’s online tool is meant to help Canadians find information about COVID-19 relief benefits that they may be eligible to receive.
According to SuperData Research, game spending has totalled a record-breaking $14.6 billion CAD.
It is the first U.S. state to release official guidelines for getting cameras rolling again amid the pandemic.
While cast and crew are eager to return to work, there are also lingering concerns that the industry isn’t yet ready.
The June 13 event will celebrate the influence of the LGBTQ+ community across music, media and entertainment.
The appointed commissioner will advise on how cultural sectors can recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Upon reopening, certain Disneyland Resort theme parks, hotels, restaurants and other locations may be limited in capacity and subject to restricted availability or even closure based on guidance from health experts and government officials.”
The Canadian Export Challenge is a competition for entrepreneurs who are thinking about, working towards, or are already exporting their products or services.
The “Avatar” sequels is the first major films to resume production after the industry-wide pause.
According to Ampere Analysis, disruption to the supply and release of new content can be expected for over a year as a result of production delays caused by Covid-19.
Will reopening entertainment venues enjoy something akin to the baseball rule?
Applications for the Government of Canada’s Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility program are now open.
The Covid-19 crisis seems to accelerate long-term trends.
The rent relieve program is meant to help lower rent for small and medium-sized businesses.
A new survey by Performance Research reveals some surprising changes in popular taste.
A breakouts on some of the markets that are back in action, including Germany, Korea, and Hong Kong.
Apple is said to be seeking to buy in older movies and TV shows to bulk a content library for its Apple TV+. This is a major adjustment to its launch approach.
The Curbside Shorts Filmmaking Challenge invites women and non-binary filmmakers from North America to create a short movie inspired by life during lockdown.
The break in TV and movie production, coupled with concerns about live action filming, could fuel a surging demand for animation and special-effects led content.
The streaming giant has reportedly started to restore its streaming quality in some European countries.
The $6.5 million project could become a blueprint for COVID-19-era productions.
Details on the new coronavirus safety rules agreed by Pact and the UK’s biggest broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and news broadcaster ITN.
Networks are putting together schedules and hoping for the best.
Following Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy announcement, the Edmonton Screen Industries Office has compiled information to help stakeholders in the screen media industries understand and address the risks of going back to work amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Facing uncertainty themselves, advertisers could choose to pull back on their advertising spend this year.
It used to be all about conventions and expos. Now, fandoms convene on Zoom.
Live streaming grew 45 percent between March and April 2020.
According to Tom Lesinski, the movie business could have a “strong comeback” by Q4 2020, a time when TV could be mostly reruns and news.
Poland’s government is finalizing its production safety guidelines and, according to Deadline, will allow productions to resume starting May 18.
The pandemic could have been a huge moment for VR were the technology not still in its infancy.
Could the pandemic be a pivotal moment for sponsorships in esports?
If viewers’ interest in the format was high early in the pandemic, ratings are now falling for remotely-shot shows.
This year, the Banff World Media Festival will consist of a series of “virtual events.”
Only one in five consumer says they “expect to carry on watching more content on streaming services,” says data firm GlobalWebIndex.
“High-end” TV and film shoots will be able to resume in the United Kingdom provided that showrunners and producers implement safety measures, says Deadline.
Kids content creators are seeing revenue drops of over 50 percent in some cases.
Global SVOD subscriptions are predicted to hit almost 1.2 billion by 2025, with the pandemic proving to be a boost for streamers.
Remote-work tech, gaming, streaming, fitness, transport and more ― in a pandemic, some win and some lose.
With Quibi now sitting at the 125th rank in Apple’s listing of the most downloaded free apps, Jeffrey Katzenberg says coronavirus is to blame.
The chatbot is designed to help Toronto residents and businesses with common COVID-19 questions.
A resource to help Canadian entrepreneurs find the right VCs, angels, lenders and government programs in these uncertain times.
Studios keep the pipeline pumped with animation content.
Quebec Francophones in all age groups are watching more TV since the crisis began.
Television viewing continues to be significantly higher than pre-COVID-19 levels.
Download Superawesome’s latest report to learn more about direct-to-digital releases and what they mean for the future of the movie experience for kids and their families.
According to Newzoo, the gaming market will surpass $200 billion by 2023.
Analysts at Ampere Analysis discuss the impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry.
Parks Associates expects usage of transactional video on-demand to increase significantly in 2020.
The Prime Minister says the program is being extended beyond June to encourage more employers to re-hire staff and kick-start the gradual economic reopening.
Online session on grants and funding available to Ontario digital media companies and creators, May 14th at 11 am EST.
How Canada’s provinces and territories are planning to reopen their economies.
Bell CEO says the telco’s initial 5G network is ready, but Bell is not focusing on 5G at the moment given the COVID-19 crisis.
The event was scheduled from September 24th to 27th, but there are now plans to offer an online event instead.
YouTube leads internet traffic, with over 15% of all traffic on consumer broadband. Netflix is second with over 11%.
Live TV viewing has also increased 25%.
Through VCHOURS, founders and members of Canadian startups can schedule one-on-one calls with participating VCs.
Collision will give 1,000 people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 pandemic free and full access to this year’s virtual event.
Nickelodeon has greenlit new filmed-from-home series led by popular social media infuencers.
The app maker offers an AR solution to experience works of art at home.
The Hot Docs Online Festival will run from May 28 to June 6.
An entirely different kind of film might emerge.
The streamer continues to experience strong growth during the pandemic.
Movie theaters will be kept below full capacity.
Top VCs discuss the new media landscape, where they’re investing and how they’re advising companies in their portfolios.
Consumers are downloading a lot of video games during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the pandemic, consumers in Europe are becoming increasingly receptive to ad-supported video streaming.
Streaming is up 57% globally in Q1 year over year.
Loretta Todd, producer of the APTN children’s series Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, leaned on technology and animation.
Bob Bejan runs global events at Microsoft. He shares what he’s learned about making large-scale online meetings effective.
Kids Insights is noticing changes in children’s habits as the pandemic progresses.
Parrot Analytics has released an industry guide on how to weather the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 has changed broadband usage in significant ways, perhaps permanently.
As movie theatres begin to reopen in the U.S., operators are implementing a host of safety measures to protect their staff and clients.
Disney+, which launched a few months ago, is already in 31% of home.
China-based UYoung cautions other studios to act slowly.
In an interview, Minister of Economic Development Mélanie Joly shared details on the latest commitment to Regional Development Agencies.
Many provinces and territories have yet to provide details on how they will implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program.
The new digital festival of gaming events will run from May through August.
Export Development Canada is one of the organizations tasked with bringing COVID-19 relief and support to Canadian businesses through the government’s new BCAP.
That major milestone arrives just five months after TikTok crossed 1.5 billion app downloads.
CBC turned around fresh confinement content in less than a week.
The Locarno Film Festival is the latest summer European festival to cancel its 2020 edition due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The accelerator is shifting to a continuous intake model, meaning startups can begin the accelerator program whenever they need to, instead of waiting for the next cohort.
According to a study from the USC Center for the Digital Future and the IAB, 73% said they will continue higher levels of streaming, TV viewing (68%), texting (67%) and video calls (64%).
To reflect the reality kids are living in today, BBC has commissioned new shows for CBeebies, CBBC and iPlayer, many with a faster turnaround.
Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development said the details will be announced shortly.
With the current coronavirus pandemic driving Canadians indoors and into self-isolation, media consumption has predictably increased across the board.
The Canada Revenue Agency on how the COVID-19 government incentive programs could affect SR&ED claims.
According to Nielsen, the volume of TV and COVID-19 related conversations on Twitter between January and March rose to 40 times the previous rate.
“How can we even conceive of social distancing protocols if we can’t get insurance?” questions the head of UK producers group PACT.
In order to support creators and small business, the option will enable people and Pages to charge for access to events with Facebook Live streams.
The National Association of Theatre Owners says on-demand is not the ‘new normal.’
As people cut spending and travel less, smartphone sales could take a strong hit in 2020.
How prodcos Lopii and Blue Zoo are getting creative to find the right talent.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, movies that debuted online without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars.
Many sports publishers have turned to user-generated clips of amateur athletes sourced from Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.
US telco Verizon says the loss of subscribers reflected the ongoing shift from traditional linear video to over-the-top offerings.
The coalition is asking Congress to update a tax benefit for workers in the entertainment industry that hasn’t been adjusted in nearly 35 years.
A look into UK’s Inward Investment Recovery Group, which is coordinating a widespread consultation with stakeholders about how they can safely get back to work.
Despite the current state of the industry, Wanda Film is betting big on China’s theatrical business.
Titled True Colours Virtual Cinema, the platform will enable festivals and event organizers around the world to program its films during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is not the first time Disney disrupt its release schedule during the lockdown.
The federal government has opened applications for the $73 billion program aimed to prevent job losses and encourage employers to rehire workers.
Titled We Are One: A Global Film Festival, the 10-day digital film festival will include programming curated by representatives from most of the major film festivals around the world including TIFF.
Intended to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, the “targeted funding” will support faster internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
Discovery is taking a do-it-yourself approach to keeping its programming pipeline filled with fresh content.
BAFTA will use its fundraising network to support the UK’s COVID-19 Film & TV Emergency Relief Fund, which ran dry last week after receiving £5M in applications.
The private online market will launch initially on April 29 with Mk2’s latest slate of documentaries.
Sky’s director of drama Cameron Roach said he does not expect shows with overseas shoots or travel elements to be up and running for around 12 months.
VR experiences bring much needed alternate realities during social distancing.
In the last week of March, visits to film piracy sites were up by 57% and visits to TV shows and series piracy sites saw a 29% increase across the same period.
Concerts may be on a hiatus in the “real world,” but those taking place in digital environments draw the attention of millions.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nielsen says social media app usage has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Datareportal’s ‘Digital 2020 April Global Statshot Report’ takes a look at the state of digital consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new Childwise report finds the pandemic to be a top-of-mind issue to kids.
A dive into how COVID-19 will impact the youngest generation alive today.
When you factor in the lockdown, working from home, and changes in listening habits, what will the impact of COVID-19 be on podcasting?
Americans’ consumption of steaming content has doubled year-over-year, says Nielsen.
A pandemic-ushered need for flexibility could push advertisers and broadcasters toward extended negotiations.
Hollywood is struggling between a desire to reopen for business and a need to protect the health and safety of its workforce.
As consumers remained at home, Netflix reaped a record number of new subscribers.
A lot of VOD platforms are giving away the goods for free during the pandemic. Will they benefit from that in the long run?
Working from home may complicate a number of things. Learn how Canada’s 9 Story stays productive, even during the current confinement.
Interview with Toronto Film Festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey on how the festival is planning a hybrid version of the 2020 edition.
Canadian businesses will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy starting next Monday, and the sums are expected to be delivered during the month of May.
This episode of McKinsey’s Inside the Strategy Room podcast touches on how business leaders can navigate the sea of changes coming their way.
This free report by Vizio ads and Inscape takes a look into how media habits in the United States have evolved over the pandemic’s first month.
Business Insider reveals the 20 highest-selling video games of March 2020.
With productions ground to a halt worldwide, finding fresh content on SVOD platforms could soon prove to be a challenge.
From working from home to manufacturing, here’s what the COVID-19 pandemic will change permanently, say these 30 experts.
A report by Analysys Mason states that the telecommunications industries of developed countries will drop by 3.4% in 2020 before returning to growth in 2021.
A wave of advertisers walking back their ad commitments for Q3 2020 could soon hit TV networks.
Germans and South Koreans are going to drive-in theatres to find a semblance of normalcy.
The funds will be allocated through Indigenous financial institutions and will be administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association.
Netflix offers a free selection of documentary features and series on the Netflix US YouTube channel.
The funds are intended to support Canadians who work in the arts, culture and sports.
A five-day digital event will take place June 15 to 19.
According to Newzoo, gamers are playing more and PC shooter games have increased in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Game studios are contributing to charitable efforts, donations, and awareness campaigns, including the PlayApartTogether campaign.
The funds for IRAP will support early-stage and high growth Canadian startups.
Emergency financial support will also be available to U.S. and international independent artist organizations focusing on historically underrepresented communities.
Netflix has expanded its hardship fund by 50% to $150 million USD to support crews on its various productions, including workers in Canada.
The funds will support rural businesses and those without existing relationships with financial institutions.
The Verge reports on its discussions with 10 developers across the games industry.
Eligibility criteria for the $25 billion Canada Emergency Business Account program have been expanded. The federal government also announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program.
The “Opening Up America Again” plan sets a series of “gating criteria” that would have to be met before movie theatre closures can be relaxed.
The initiative offers support to local news organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The game aimes to provide personal protective equipment to front-line workers.
Ottawa announced that it was expanding access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefits to part-time, contract, and seasonal workers. Creators and artists who receive income from royalties also qualify.
The BDC previously launched the Capital Bridge Financing Program for venture-backed companies.
The annual animation festival and market has moved online.
Examples from HBO Europe signal a shift in major studios investing in content filmed in confinement.
A webinar on how your business can access the federal government’s Business Credit Availability Program, presented by Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada.
Indie Megabooth, the travelling showcase for indie games, will be suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the largest fan events for gaming in the world, Gamescome attracts over 370,000 visitors in Cologne, Germany each year.
Shipments declined according to Gartner and IDC, after three consecutive quarters of growth.
The launch was brought forward due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Even with commuting on hold, ad revenue continues to grow for the medium.
Hot Docs announced the 238 films and projects it still plans to show at some point in the future.
The festival was hoping to reschedule events for late June and early July, but that won’t be possible.
Free webinars presented by National Bank and Norton Rose Fulbright are offered to entrepreneurs on April 16 and 16.
Hot Docs announced the 238 films and projects it still plans to show at some point in the future.
The program was passed by Parliament this weekend, with one change: eligible employers won’t have to reapply for every period.
More details will be available soon.
The platform, called Distantly, aims to cover the overhead costs of small local businesses.
Seven times more Canadians are working from home.