The CMF has announced the Black People and People of Colour Sector Development Support for industry initiatives that are not eligible for funding from other CMF Programs.
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The CMF has announced the Black People and People of Colour Sector Development Support for industry initiatives that are not eligible for funding from other CMF Programs.
The funds are available to both film and television producers that did not receive Phase 1 funding and who meet the eligibility criteria.
This is part of the $27.8M in funding that was designated for Canada’s audiovisual sector as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund by the Government of Canada.
The funding is being made available to applicants who both previously received COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds from the CMF Allocation and who meet the definition of a Regional Applicant in the Regional Allocation Criteria.
The funds will be allocated to independent TV producers with productions in a language other than English or French. Applications will be accepted starting July 22, 2020. Click here to apply. Click here to access eligibility criteria.
The $27.8M in funding will provide financial assistance to companies and organizations that were not eligible for the Phase 1.
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 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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Digital MIPTV will take place online April 12-16, 2021.
“The pandemic has swiftly accelerated a change in attitudes, making brand funded content a necessity for many cash-strapped broadcasters.”
“ The new platform will launch in April with exclusive sneak peeks in the months preceding.”
Producers will have to plan for extra shoot time if they work with teams arriving from abroad.
The L452R variant was first identified in Denmark.
"Film and television productions and post-production projects will continue to operate with no changes to the previously reported guidelines presented in the province-wide shutdown currently taking place."
The pubcaster says they want to ensure that all children are able to access curriculum-based learning even without access to the internet.
This new funding is aimed at supporting an additional 38 SMBs in their recovery from disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Amid an unprecedented rise in infections and Covid-19 deaths in Los Angeles County, most TV studios and streamers have postponed January production for one or more weeks.
Horror often sees success in times of uncertainty.
The tech trade show, which typically takes place every January, is going digital this year.
Bollywood, which relied on theatrical releases, is experimenting with going straight to streaming services.
The new bill includes $15b in aid to movie theatres, expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits, employee retention credits, renewal of film and TV production tax incentive, and local media loans.
The scheme has supported close to 100 productions to date.
The federal government has brought the CEWS back to 75 percent for the period of December 20 to March 13.
The show garnered 45.2 million livestreams in 2019.
“As a condition of employment, the Employer shall test Employees for Covid-19 within 3 days prior to the start of their employment.”
Producers want to extend the cutoff for the £500M Film and TV Production Restart Scheme until June 2021.
A look at how virtual events directly benefit vulnerable populations.
The festival was scheduled to run February 11-21 as a hybrid physical and online festival and market.
That’s a 71.5% reduction in box office compared to 2019.
“Establishments open to the public which we had planned to reopen on December 15 will remain closed for three more weeks.”
“At the height of the pandemic, our mobile use has sky-rocketed and accelerated the adoption of mobile by two to three years.”
Production execs in Canada and the UK say insurance funds will need to get bigger to cover everyone.
Talent representatives and producers share their thoughts on content trends for 2021.
The research reveals that 83% of US consumers “will continue to watch at least as much or increase their consumption of short-form content in 2021.”
Warner Bros. has announced its entire 2021 film slate will launch simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max, resulting in Cineplex shares taking a hit.
The Canada Emergency Business Account has been expanded by the federal government and eligible companies will be able to access up to $20,000 on top of the existing $40,000 they could apply for in loans.
In a revision of the industry 2-month old safety protocol, unions will now be made aware of new Covid cases among members of casts and crews.
BC’s film industry is back in full swing and even busier than before March thanks to relatively low numbers of cases in the province.
The federal government announced a global $100-billion pandemic recovery package with increased support for the broadcasting sector.
The federal government has appointed a general to oversee the distribution of the vaccine against COVID-19, but the details of the rollout are still scarce.
In its fall economic statement, the Canadian government has announced new measures to support Canadians during the second wave of Covid-19.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is also possible that restrictions could continue into January.
According to Statistics Canada, measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 have significantly affected how Canadians make retail purchases.
The app has been downloaded more than 5.5 million times since July 31st, 2020.
Following the announced laying off of 28,000 staff in September, Disney has announced that it will lay off a total of 32,000 workers in the first half of 2021.
The annual report shows drama production expenditure are 18% down on 2018-1019’s spend, largely due to the near total shutdown of large-scale drama production in March 2020.
“Filmmakers are highly encouraged to stay within those limits, if feasible, and be mindful of community impact while California’s Limited Stay at Home Order is in effect.”
Square Enix expects around 80 percent of its employees to be designated as home-based from December 2020.
As Netflix works to maintain its pipeline of shows despite Covid-19, it has increased its budget by 50% from what it spent on British-made productions in 2019.
Disney will reveal a host of projects and strategic plans at a major online investor presentation on December 10.
The Italian TV advertising market is down by 13 per cent. Pay-TV is the only positive performer.
The rent subsidy program provides funds directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.
Indoor performances will be allowed to resume with numbers capped at 1,000 and 50% venue capacity (whichever is lower).
Women comprise only 30 percent of Canada’s technology workforce.
The B.C. government has not come to an agreement about the federal COVID Alert exposure notification app.
Post-production is permitted and production can go ahead so long as there are no spectators.
Universal signed a multi-year shortened theatrical window and PVOD share agreement with Cineplex, Canada’s largest movie theatre chain.
The two firms, who announced earlier this week that their vaccine was 95% effective, are applying for emergency authorization in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the U.K..
Online games can promote social connections and meet basic mental health needs.
“Consumers spent $10.6B on digital games in October 2020, up 14% year-over-year.”
Cineworld is the world’s second largest movie theatre chain.
“Average viewing time has grown substantially this year with an average of 7.91 hours, up 16 percent over last year’s average of 6.8 hours.”
“During the pandemic, gamers have boosted their levels of play; however, less than two percent of Canadians decided to try playing video games for the first-time during lockdown.”
The largest share of Canada Business Emergency Account funds (29%) was used to cover payroll expenses.
By the end of December, the CEWS will have provided over $65 billion.
The hearing is the first major step in Washington since the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act effort failed in May.
“Specialized players in the realms of cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, gaming, and work-from-home enablers all saw increases in demand.”
AMC inked a similar deal with Universal in July.
39% report feeling depressed at least once a week, two-thirds say they feel tired or have low energy.
The provincial government has confirmed that projects already underway are permitted to continue if shooting started before 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
The producers failed to secure insurance that would cover a potential COVID-19 outbreak. A new distributor would likely need to ‘self-insure’ the project themselves.
New York governor has announced new restrictive measures in hopes to contain COVID-19, which doesn’t bode well for movie theaters. Owners had recently been lobbying for theatres to reopen in NYC.
Following the announcement about a new lockdown, the Manitoba screen sector is mounting a lobbying effort to allow in-production projects to be completed.
Thanks in part to the rise of online users, the Southeast Asian economy remains resilient despite the pandemic.
The number of film permits in LA grew by 24% in October compared to September as production in Hollywood slowly resumes.
Effective Tuesday, the US chain’s 18 remaining theatres will close until further notice.
The state of New South Wales is getting US$128 from local government to help support new productions and create jobs in its Covid-battered entertainment industry.
Shares from E&M rose sharply on Monday after Pfeizer announced its vaccine candidate is 90% effective against a coronavirus infection.
The app is functional in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
The salary scheme has been a lifeline for many screen-based industries workers.
Exhibition was praying to make buck on the holiday moviegoing season.
Ontario's new COVID-19 restriction system puts financial strain on cinemas in certain areas according to Cineplex.
The budget offered some notable spending for the business and tech sector.
“2020 Olympics’ postponement combined with the overall economic downturn has resulted in low 8K TV unit shipments in 2020,” explains ABI Research.
This funding is meant to connect unserved and underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
New precautions to keep casts and crew in quarantine bubbles are proving to be largely successful.
The program will now cover new costs associated with entering international markets that have emerged due to the pandemic.
According to Zenith, video ad spend will shrink by only 0.2% this year.
“The current situation is undeniably the most challenging period faced by European cinemas in their long history.”
“Travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers.”
Overall, 94 films from 40 countries were screened through the fest’s virtual setup.
The EGLX Digital 2020 event will take place online from November 10th to 13th.
According to Conviva, globally, viewers spent 57 per cent more time streaming when compared to Q3 2019.
“Any cinemas, theaters and entertainment venues that weren’t already closed will now need to close.”
NATPE events for the first part of 2021: NATPE Virtual Miami – January 19-22 (Marketplace 19-29); NATPE Segregation, Segmentation & Storytelling – February 16; NATPE Sports – March 23; NATPE News – April 7.
In the US, the MPAA, Independent Film & Television Alliance, Fox, Sony, ViacomCBS, and others have boarded a broad new coalition to address public-private business continuity insurance.
“Already, an industry is emerging around this important position.”
“Movie theaters were not explicitly cited, but will clearly be included in the off-limit zones.”
The closure begins on November 2, for an initial four weeks.
The funding is aimed at tech-focused small and medium-sized businesses.
“A temporary measure whose purpose is to minimize the consequences of the void created by the lack of insurance coverage for interruptions in filming and the abandonment of productions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the sector of audiovisual production.”
The German chancellor is expected to announce more lockdown measures, and the country’s cinema owners are concerned.
Prime Time Online is scheduled January 28 to February 10, 2021.
“Through the government's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the accelerator will offer its 100 recipients additional programming, training and resources to address business challenges associated with the pandemic.”
Showbiz shares from big media to broadcasters, exhibition, social media and streaming are down as investors worry about a U.S. spike in coronavirus and new lockdowns in Europe.
Italy has also introduced a curfew, like Spain and France.
A third of respondents believe more should be done to increase digital literacy in order to avoid isolating even more those who experience barriers accessing technology
The app’s resource hub provides occupation-specific content to nurses, doctors, emergency services members, firefighters and members of the police.
The program was created at the beginning of the pandemic with the aim to find digital solutions to protect public health and the economy.
The 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, which honor the year’s best in film, TV and documentaries will be held on April 18, 2021 with a mix of virtual and in-person components.
As many families are dealing with financial problems, health and safety issues and increased anxiety, the younger generation may well be the most affected by the pandemic.
In order to survive the next potential shock, startup companies need to think not only about growth but also about resilience.
The federal government has announced a $12 million investment into the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund in order to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic is speeding up the Ford government’s timeline to digitize several government services.
Canadian studios are working together to promote health and safety to young gamers.
“The government considers filming to be a professional activity, and as a result, cast and crew members will be able to go home from work with a waiver,” said Michel Gomez, the head of the Mission Cinema.
The funding is available to all productions where at least half of the production budget is spent in the UK.
As of October 15 2020, Chinese box office has generated a total amount of $1.93 billion, surpassing North America which sits at $1.925. This shift is largely owed to China’s effective pandemic control.
Starting this Saturday, the curfew will remain in place for six weeks, running from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.
The province joins Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Quebec in supporting the app.
The ways families chose to spend their time over the last few months laid the groundwork for shifting media diets.
OnZoom is described as an “event discovery and monetization” platform that will provide built-in tools for selling tickets, scheduling, and promotion.
The annual event will now take place online from February 8 to March 5, 2021.
The $30.7M will be used to further grow Ireland’s film, television and animation industries and to address continued pandemic-related challenges.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is moving its industry program online in response to new restrictions set by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Disney believes this new model will allow it to be more responsive to consumer demands.
The event was set to have a hybrid event of in-person and virtual programs.
“Productions run much smoother, so you actually save some shooting days sometimes. Shooting days are shorter, the sets are better run, there’s fewer people on sets sometimes, which keeps the trains running on time.”
As the second COVID-19 wave hits, companies are shifting to longer-term transitions to remote working.
“Currently, Manitoba, N.B., Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, P.E.I. and Quebec all allow COVID Alert users to report a COVID-19 diagnosis with the app. B.C. and N.S. also plan to support the app soon.”
A specific date has yet to be announced.
Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region are moving to Stage 2 restrictions, which include cinema closures, for at least 28 days.
The film will subsequently be released in theatres “in international markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available.”
The event will be held on Oct. 10th at 4pm ET.
CEBA will provide additional loans of $20,000 to small businesses, with $10,000 of those eligible to be turned into forgivable loans.
The new program, called the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, replaces the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance. It will allow businesses to apply directly for rent relief through the Canada Revenue Agency.
Canada’s privacy commissioner says the country has fallen behind others on privacy laws.
TV demand in North America jumped 20% as consumers spent more time at home due to COVID-19.
According to App Annie, consumers in Q3 downloaded 33 billion apps worldwide and spent $28 billion in apps, up 20% year-over-year.
A rollout in Nova Scotia is expected soon as well.
The forecast is only slightly down from the previous one of $973.9 million in July.
Kids broadcasters are scoping out the acquisitions market and rolling out strategies to attract tweens and teens to their streaming platforms.
Stay-at-home directives have stimulated spending within mobile games and mobile apps.
“While most shows, one by one, have been able to resume filming, the underlying issue of test-processing capacity remains, keeping U.S. productions in Hollywood North on edge”
The virtual event is set to run November 9-13.
Premium VOD (PVOD) content has been performing well, despite its higher price.
“Major multinationals are starting to increase their ad spend but overall activity still remains lower across most channels compared to what was planned pre-pandemic.”
AMC, the world’s largest exhibitor, joins Cinemark in staying open. Cineworld and Regal announced plans to close as of October 8.
“GLOW” is the latest in a long list of renewals cancelled by services including Netflix, ABC and Amazon due to the pandemic.
The increasing occurrence of multigenerational viewing amplifies togetherness when it’s difficult to come by and offers producers a chance to broaden their audience bases.
Canada’s COVID Alert app will soon be available in the two Atlantic provinces.
A study from the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that most sectors of the European audiovisual business will experience revenue shortfalls across the EU’s 27 markets — shortfalls that will continue into 2021.
The Government of Canada has teamed up with the ESAC on a COVID-19 awareness campaign.
The funding is additional capital for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, to be distributed through RDAs and the Community Futures Network.
Stakeholders highlighted that the scheme is still woefully “thin on details.”
The latest James Bond movie is officially heading to April 2 and vacating its November 20 release date.
Ottawa’s COVID Alert exposure notification app is now fully available to download in Manitoba.
New York City could have over 40 productions underway by year end, bringing it back to pre-COVID-19 levels.
The U.K.’s film and TV production restart scheme still requires State Aid approval from the European Union — a process that’s still ongoing, with no clear end date in sight.
The Producers Guild Awards Awards will now be held Wednesday, March 24, and it will be virtual.
Ottawa has passed a new bill that would replace CERB with three new streams of federal COVID-19 benefits for Canadians ineligible for employment insurance.
Most shooting should resume Friday, as the test backlog is being resolved.
“Absent a solution designed for their circumstances, theaters may not survive the impact of the pandemic.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada has revealed that 514 users have notified the app about their positive test results, all of whom reside in Ontario.
Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro said that this was “the only feasible option we have” due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the parks to limit capacity.
Multiple productions have shut down due to delays in processing COVID-19 tests in British Columbia.
Quebec had previously stated that it preferred to launch its own app.
The seventh biannual event, held in Anaheim, California, had been scheduled to take place next summer.
Organizers Adeel Amini and Abby C. Kumar discuss their vision for change.
The virtual edition is designed to provide the international unscripted and non-fiction screen content industry with even more opportunity to connect, pitch and network.
From October 5 to October 12, the Disney+ Drive-In Festival in Santa Monica will feature movies from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic and Star Wars brands.
Running Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th, the event will feature four films from the 2020 Cannes Official Selection.
Administered by Telefilm Canada along with the Canada Media Fund, this funding will be provided to independent production companies for interruptions or shutdowns due to confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The government will be covering a third of workers’ wages in a new Job Support Scheme that will replace the furlough initiative.
Google is introducing a ‘COVID layer’ to Maps in order to overlay information about case counts in different regions.
The Liberals propose to increase the value of new emergency benefits for the self-employed, for those needing paid sick leave and for caregivers to $500 a week.
“Failing to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines ... may subject members to discipline as well as termination from work by your employer.”
The hotline, set up by the non-fiction trade group NPACT, will be used for people to report any COVID-related health and safety concerns.
MWC21 Barcelona, initially scheduled for the first week of March 2021, will be pushed back due to COVID-19.
62% of its employees wanted to return to the office, but only part-time, while most people were becoming more flexible to working from home.
This will be the second time that UK event Arrow Video FrightFest is going virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Host and producer, Geoff Keighley, provided little detail but said that the event would be carried out in a safe, physically-distant manner.
The speech included extending the wage subsidy program until next summer, investing in a "significant, long-term, sustained" child care system, and promising to address systemic racism.
Sony Pictures Television has announced Virtual October Formats Fest to showcase its formats on Zoom and eCinema.
The £2M (CAD$3.4M) fund is designed to support those impacted financially by the crisis and who will likely face a negative impact on their careers, resulting in a focus on people of diverse backgrounds.
The Investment and Growth Strategy (IGS) is part of Alberta government’s economic recovery plan, released in June, to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
Initial concerns over whether buyers and sellers would engage with the films and with each other now seemed to have been exaggerated.
The 6.1 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 actually beat last year’s previous low.
Earlier iterations haven’t always been able to pinpoint users’ locations and have raised concerns among privacy advocates, failing to gain wide acceptance.
Reed Exhibitions is moving the Singapore-set 2020 Asia Television Forum & Market online in December due to the ongoing pandemic.
The agreement means that the studios, networks, major companies and independent producers are now able to resume production.
In the US, 29% of households that subscribe to Disney+ bought the film between September 4-12.
Recent surveys by CMPA and AQPM show that without swift government action, over 200 camera-ready projects and nearly 20,000 jobs could be in jeopardy.
“Among productions that won’t be eligible are news and current affairs, live events broadcasts such as sports or theater or musical screenings, and productions in front of a paying live audience.”
The VR headset market is forecast to decline 6.7% in 2020, but is expected to return to double-digit growth (46%) in 2021.
“Pocket money is going virtual, with kids ditching candy and books in favor of digital gaming platforms like Roblox and Fortnite.”
New entrants in the film and TV insurance marketplace, such as Elite Risk and SpottedRisk, are rolling out COVID-19 insurance products.
“Of shows paused in March or April due to the pandemic around 80% have resumed or are complete and this number is rising.”
That’s about $733 million US.
“Many children don't have the option to learn online.”
The pandemic has encouraged several streamers such as Hulu and Amazon Video to roll out co-viewing options.
eSports organizer Northern Arena will hold the first Annual Canadian Game Awards digitally on Sept. 18. The in-person event was originally scheduled to take place in Toronto in April.
“As part of the COVID-19 Action Plan relief funding, the Province is investing $2 million to launch the new Domestic Motion Picture Fund.”
The festival will now run October 21-30, which gives an extra buffer for the Chuseok holiday (Korean Thanksgiving), as it could provoke a spike in virus cases.
Production began after producers found a temporary, and expensive, way to insure the series.
Jean Prewitt, president and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, said in a roundtable for the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act that 250-400 films have ended due to lack of pandemic insurance.
According to the organizer Reed Midem, the 36th edition will take place digitally as MIPCOM ONLINE+, the platform launched in April after MIPTV was cancelled.
This year's festival is happening mostly online, with virtual press conferences and strict social-distance protocols for in-theatre and drive-in screenings.
Film and TV projects have been in production locally since the third week of lockdown, and productions are booked well into the summer of 2021.
Two firms have started to offer producers COVID policies for independent films: SpottedRisk and Elite Risk.
Biennale Director General Andrea Del Mercato reveals that between security and sanitary measures, the cost was about 600K euros ($930K CAD).
“AICP launched these guidelines knowing they would continuously evolve as production restarted around the country.”
The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) is being extended into September.
Hastings sees nothing positive about remote working.
Variety will publish its largest-ever special report to track international filming locations, “Location Update: The Big Restart,” along with a weekly newsletter called Production Restart.
Orange County, CA has moved from the purple to the red tier in the state’s coronavirus monitoring system, meaning that movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity.
Part 2 of Variety’s look at how film and TV production is faring in key markets as the industry slowly comes back to life.
Amid attendee cancellations and increased travel restrictions, the annual pitching event has been forced to go digital.
Exhibitors fear the U.S. theatrical film business cannot rebuild until New York City and Los Angeles are permitted to open.
“This app highlights how digital technologies can not only improve how we access services but can be an effective tool in public health.”
The film permit office says monthly applications increased by nearly 40% in August over July.
Variety breaks down how film and TV production is faring in key markets as the industry comes back to life.
The movie had just resumed shooting a few days ago in London.
The steady decline coincides with the termination of the $600-a-week federal unemployment benefit that ended at the end of July.
As COVID-19 protocols have been put in place, VFX houses have been working to provide best-fit solutions to productions shooting during coronavirus.
The recently formed Costume Industry Coalition includes members from more than 50 New York City-area costume businesses and artisans from stage, dance, TV, film, opera, cruise ships, and concerts.
The premium VOD service Zee Plex makes it likely that more top film titles will bypass cinemas and release directly online.
More U.S. series have started filming in British Columbia with COVID-19 protocols amid the pandemic.
The move follows fellow majors including Fremantle, ITV Studios and BBC Studios all pulling out of Mipcom over COVID-19 concerns.
The Canadian app hit 2 million downloads about midway through August.
Production was originally scheduled to begin in the spring 2020 in Toronto but was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The new tools make it easier for governments to implement digital exposure notification, without the need for developing their own individual apps.
Sex/Life returning to production marks one of the first Netflix scripted series to resume filming in North America following the COVID-19 production shutdown.
Attendance will be capped at the lesser of either 25% of capacity or an audience of 150 per screen.
The safety guide for independent producers includes “red light protocols” on how to manage production when a team member exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
As of August 27, more than 730,000 CEBA loans amounting to $29 billion have been handed out to small businesses.
As part of its plan to extend BCAP into 2021, the government stated that it is “supporting the flow of additional credit” through the program.
The Quebec City-based, award-winning video game start-up exceeded its original crowdfunding goal by more than 1200 percent.
The federal government announced a new policy to make it easier for workers to apply for a work permit amid COVID-19.
The event will allow producers and buyers to watch online.
Sensor Tower report says Canadians spent an average of $25 per person, up from $18 in the first half of 2019.
Apple's sales were the least affected.
The Prime Minister did not disclose details of the fund.
CVCA CEO Kim Furlong attributes “the surprisingly high amount of venture capital to stimulus and incentives from the federal government, as well as VC firms ‘doubling down’ on investing in the ‘leading stars’ in their portfolios.”
“With the future of in-person entertainment unclear, the question is whether virtual reality arcades have any chance of a rebound.”
Backed by a number of film industry players, the new fund will initially offer $100,000 in recoupable minimum guarantees and a further $100,000 in in-kind services.
The province isn’t excluding the possibility of using the app in the future.
The province’s plan includes reducing the corporate tax rate (8% instead of 10%), creating an investment-focused provincial agency, and $175 million in funding for the Alberta Enterprise Corporation.
Grants of $1,000 will be distributed to Chicken & Egg Pictures-supported filmmakers globally. Chicken & Egg is a nonprofit fund for women and gender non-conforming non-fiction filmmakers.
Mobile advertising decreased in the early stages of the pandemic, but it recovered more quickly than desktop advertising.
Credentials usually cost $495.
Facebook Connect will feature the work of Facebook’s AR and VR teams.
“Lockdown has expanded the ranks of gamers. There are now as many gamers as there are people who watch TV.”
Ubisoft will showcase a large number of indie games from Canada in the virtual Indie Arena Booth.
According to Gartner, global smartphone sales dropped 20.4% in Q2.
As it gets closer to easing out of lockdown, the audiovisual industry is beginning to move beyond crisis management. Now what?
In the UK, streaming giants are outbidding local broadcasters for new content amid a global shortage.
Acting awards will be gender-neutral. The European Film Market (EFM) will be a hybrid model of online and offline activities.
Ampere Analysis says studios may be forced to look again at how they release movies.
The doc suggests for directors and writers to revisit classic films from an era when sex was not allowed to be shown on screen.
The federal government is extending the CERB by one more month and revamping the employment insurance program to allow more people to receive financial assistance during COVID-19.
Three members of the staff at CBS Television City in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles have tested positive for the coronavirus.
As cases among young people continue to rise in the city, there is a fear that younger generations may not be getting access to important information about the virus.
The cast and crew are back on set in Vancouver to film the final two episodes of Supernatural. The Arrowverse also hints pre-production in Vancouver, while Wynnona Earp resumes shooting for season four in Calgary.
The Future Proof Program will comprise of three programs aimed at helping “future proof” main street businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Ontario, the film industry contributed $2.16 billion to the province’s economy, giving 28,000 people work in 2019.
The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan is projecting a $141 million deficit this year and $83 million next year due to surging health care costs amid a pandemic.
The BBC welcomed back its studio audiences for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak for its comedy entertainment show QI, staged in front of 40 people on Monday night.
The Nolan film, expected to reopen major exhibition after the massive shutdown due to the pandemic, is beginning its theatrical rollout in Canada on Thursday, Aug. 27 before the U.S.
Cuomo gave no indication of a reopening timetable for movie theatres, calling them less essential and higher risk.
Applications for the fifth period of the CEWS program are open as of Monday, August 17.
Compounding a pre-existing trend towards cord-cutting, U.S. pay TV providers lost more than 1.5 million customers in Q2.
The array of coronavirus protocols the festival will enforce at this year’s event include swabs, tracing and socially distanced red carpets.
Local unions in BC are resolving safety protocol disputes and clearing a number of TV series to begin production.
Last week, 10 Westbrook staffers tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first significant transmission reported at a production company.
“We asked Apple to reduce its 30% App Store tax or allow us to offer Facebook Pay so we could absorb all costs for businesses struggling during COVID-19. Unfortunately, they dismissed both our requests.”
The online petition is urging Ottawa to enact specific changes to four COVID-19 aid programs in order to help small businesses.
AMC Entertainment will reopen theaters at more than 100 locations in the U.S. on August 20.
According to many stakeholders, the presence of a safety coordinator on set, “is going to be a new reality going into production.”
With that drastic lifestyle change brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the scripted television industry has had to pivot as well.
According to a new report from the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, the percentage of women-owned businesses that have laid off 80 % or more of their staff is much higher than that of businesses overall.
A new report released by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority outlines that urban internet performance has steadily improved and outpaced rural improvements since the pandemic began.
The Game Developers Conference announced it will hold a “hybrid event taking place physically in San Francisco” that also includes a “robust virtual offering.”
Findings from Hub Entertainment suggest that pandemic-related increases in streaming, broadcast network, and YouTube viewing in the US are likely to persist after the crisis eases.
The first notable ticket sales will be coming out of the Canadian market.
The delay is related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as employees have shifted to work from home and development of large games has been particularly difficult.
The updates are aimed to help employers prepare to apply for the fifth period of the CEWS, which will open for applications on August 17.
When COVID-19 made the producer's big theatrical and museum launch plans extinct, it was forced to quickly pivot to a transactional VOD model.
577 permit applications have been filed for 422 different projects that are looking to begin production in LA since mid-June. This represents only 34% of the usual application volume for that period.
Disney revealed that Chinese audiences will be able to watch Mulan on the big screen. No release date has been confirmed yet.
The Zurich and San Sebastian film festivals are teaming to deliver a special market initiative.
While the blows absorbed by mass-market U.S. exhibitors during COVID-19 have dominated the headlines, the damage appears to be even more severe on the specialty front.
Ottawa has committed $41 million in additional COVID-19 support to 73 Indigenous-owned businesses and projects through Canada’s regional development agencies.
The hope is that this increased interest can serve as a stimulus to foster greater preservation of the world’s cinematic patrimony.
According to new data from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Ottawa’s Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program has been “dramatically underutilized.”
As WarnerMedia navigates the pandemic, the company has cut several jobs and restructured its leadership team.
Projects will be presented in a virtual format from November 16 to December 4.
The Industrial Research Assistance Program’s (IRAP) Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) essentially offers wage subsidy for tech companies ineligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
Nintendo’s latest earnings report for Q2 confirms that New Horizons drove sales, resulting in operating profit being up 428% year-over-year.
The carrier reports that in Q2, it had 21,632 postpaid net wireless additions and surpassed 10 million total wireless subscribers.
The current SAG-AFTRA guidelines for productions call for actors to be tested three times a week and the crew once a week, even though BC is calling for less testing, causing an escalating standoff that froze pre-production.
In this new normal, are pre-pandemic production styles still the ones that will engage your audiences most? For some content, the answer may be no.
FilmLA received more than 570 film permits for 422 film, TV and commercial projects since mid-June, when L.A. County got the OK to begin the process of resuming film and TV production amid lockdown.
Mulan was pulled from theatrical release as COVID-19 cases spiked in the US, leading to worries about the future of theatrical releases and the impact this has on theatres outside the US.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help non-profits recover from COVID-19.
Ford hints in his Wednesday media briefing that he may remove the school cellphone ban to let students use the COVID-19 Alert tracing app.
Companies can receive up to $5,000 from Canada United’s business relief fund, which will help offset costs related to COVID-19 recovery.
“We are thrilled that 97% of guests surveyed have expressed high satisfaction with how Cinemark is protecting their health and safety.”
The app requires users to have Apple or Android devices no more than five years old, along with relatively new operating systems.
Productions are starting with COVID-19 protocols: physical distancing on sets, personal protective equipment for crew, special personnel for clean-up and security.
“Moms with kids under 12 just aren’t making it back to work yet.”
Since the app’s launch on Friday, reportedly 1.1 million Canadians have downloaded the app on iOS and Android.
As of Friday, the app is only functional in Ontario. The government’s strategy is to roll out there first.
The CICRA program was initially extended for the month of July.
The Prime Minister said the government will also design a “transitional, parallel benefit” that is similar to EI for contract workers, gig economy workers, and workers who don’t qualify for the CERB.
A 3-day event called MIPCOM RENDEZVOUS CANNES will take place Oct. 12-14 without the regular stands, and will incorporate MIPJunior. MIPCOM ONLINE+ will launch on Oct. 5 and run through to mid-November.
Face coverings will be mandatory in cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship from August 8.
“By the end of August, our current expectation is that approximately 1,400 screens in 70 markets or 90 per cent of our global network will open in anticipation of Tenet‘s recently announced release date.”
“With Hollywood productions largely shut down, more filmmakers are using computer screens—something genre films have been doing for years.”
As the pandemic continues, the initiative will make donations to LGBTQ+ businesses, with a focus on LGBTQ+ people of color, women and the transgender community.
Sony is still in talks about joining the virtual Mipcom Online+.
“Bill C-20 (...) modifies CEWS eligibility requirements, allowing eligible employers utilizing the CRA business payroll number of a payroll service provider to access the program.”
The federal government is investing $2.95 million in Innovate BC for two programs to help BC tech startups cope with COVID-19.
“Until big in-person gaming events return, the most successful small developers will be those who can form partnerships with platform holders and top publishers.”
Greece’s film office says that international projects are now considering heading to the country to shoot before the end of the year.
The Toronto tech festival will be offering year-round programming to the Canadian innovation ecosystem.
The Canada Revenue Agency has extended the payment deadline for individual, corporate, and trust income tax returns for the current year from September 1 to September 30.
Cinema revenue totalled only $603 million in six months. Asia, the world’s most lucrative box office region, is worth more than $17 billion annually in a typical year.
ITV will host the ITV Studios Fall Festival instead, a series of virtual buyer sessions held over three weeks in September.
The largest technology trade show, attracting around 180,000 people to Las Vegas each January, will have no physical event in 2021.
Producers can get back into shooting with a safety net. The fund will underwrite the cost of productions shutting down in the event of a new lockdown.
“The festival will take place during the previously announced dates of October 1-11, 2020, and will be available to audiences across Ontario, combining our annual Toronto and Ottawa festivals.”
Films will only have to be in theaters for three weekends before going to online platforms.
Even though cinemas can now re-open in England, indie venues must contend with capacity restrictions, safety provisions and fewer film releases.
VR hardware is expected to generate $2.5B in 2020 and rise slightly year-over-year.
Global ad expenditure will decline 9.1% in 2020 driven by the pandemic, including a 7% drop in the U.S., according to Zenith.
The Globes have extended English-and foreign-language motion picture eligibility period to February 28.
The Paley Center for Media announced that PaleyFest LA will go virtual in August because of the pandemic.
To draw audiences, the online event offered more than 350 panels, most of which were also available on YouTube.
The changes extend the program to the end of 2020 and make the subsidy proportional to revenue declines (regardless the percentage of revenue decline).
“Publishing specific departmental guidance for our members and their employers was prudent and necessary until industry-wide agreements are in place,” states guild president Nelson Coates.
A new research commissioned by OpenMedia says that 41 percent of Canadians stated privacy concerns were the main reason for lack of confidence in the app.
Edtech is one of three sectors that defined venture capital activity in Canada in Q2. The pandemic “highlighted both the value of and urgency” of virtual education.
The National Screen Institute (NSI) has launched a new distance learning program designed to equip emerging producers with additional tools as they navigate the additional hurdles with COVID-19.
The plan would have see casinos and movie theatres reopen at 50 per cent, caps on public gatherings raised.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that the app is entirely voluntary, but that the app will be most effective if as many people as possible install it.
The Business Resilience Program helps entrepreneurs assess the current state of their business, create a plan, and take necessary action.
A group of British Parliamentarians has called on the government to set up an emergency film and TV production insurance fund to help get cameras rolling again.
The UK Cinema Association (UKCA) and training body ScreenSkills have teamed to launch a free online course to prepare cinema staff for working in a pandemic-era world.
AMC announced this morning that it planning to reopen its multiplexes beginning mid-to-late August instead of the previously announced date of July 30.
Sky Studios is collaborating with producers to rework major drama series in the event that the UK heads back into another lockdown.
There is a long list of needs for sectors of the entertainment industry, from an extension of unemployment benefits for the workforce, to longer-term loans for movie theaters, to liquidity for local broadcast stations.
While video game studios pivoted to teleworking relatively easily, the industry is facing its own set of challenges, including collaboration, inclusivity, marketing, and promotion.
Alan Yang partnered with the Ad Council for a new PSA titled “Fight the Virus. Fight the Bias”, which looks to dispel racism against the API community.
The Bill C-20 is a new proposal that would amend various legislations in order to provide a “one-time payment to persons with disabilities for reasons related to COVID-19.”
New York City becomes the last region in the state to enter Phase 4, allowing a ramp up of film and television production.
As part of the Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative (RE3), non-repayable contributions of up to $5,000 will be distributed to women entrepreneurs, to help with “key reopening expenditures.”
“We are helping businesses and communities affected by the pandemic to meet the challenges they are facing in this new reality.”
The provincial government says it's investing $2 million for socially distanced summer activities at Ontario Place, which will include a drive-in version of the Toronto International Film Festival.