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Tabling censorship

TORONTO — The Canadian Parliament has pushed back a planned vote on a controversial tax bill that could open the way to government censorship of domestic film and TV shows. Bill C-10, which proposes to grant the federal government authority to deny taxpayer support for domestic film and TV projects deemed excessively sexual and violent, on Monday was sent back to the Senate Banking Committee for review. The proposed amendment to the federal Income Tax Act, which would permit the Heritage minister to withhold tax credits for domestic film and TV projects deemed offensive, provoked an immediate charge of censorship from Canadian artists and producers when it came to light last week.

Man overboard

SINGAPORE — Man Shu Sum, director of the Singapore Film Commission and director of strategic relations at the Media Development Authority of Singapore, is leaving to join Mark Burnett Prods. Asia as its chief executive officer. Man, who will exit May 14, was instrumental in raising the international profile of Singapore's local media and film companies, including leading teams of producers to such international markets as MIPTV, MIPCOM and the Shanghai Film Market. He will stay on as a board member of the Singapore Film Commission.

WHV taps Dyde

LONDON — Warner Home Video has hired former Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and SuperComm executive Chris Dyde as its new senior vp international licensee markets. Dyde will be based in London and will spearhead business development and licensing agreements for Warner Home Video's EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America territories. While at Sony, Dyde served as vp EMEA Licensing.