How a New Era of Branded Entertainment Is Transforming Marketing

May 31, 2017

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When we think of production studios, it’s easy to envision a maze of sound stages where entertainment moguls make movie magic in the shadow of the Hollywood sign. In reality, producing movies and TV series is no longer restricted to L.A., nor is it the work of major entertainment companies alone. 

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Woodbine Entertainment

Woodbine Entertainment has a long and celebrated history in the horse racing industry. With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment has become the largest operator of horse racing in Canada. Long recognized as the country’s largest and most innovative horse racing operator, the company has grown into an admired and respected multi-purpose entertainment organization delivering first-class service within its world-class facilities (Woodbine Racetrack, Mohawk Racetrack, Greenwood Teletheatre, and WEGZ).

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Woodbine Entertainment

Woodbine Entertainment has a long and celebrated history in the horse racing industry. With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment has become the largest operator of horse racing in Canada. Long recognized as the country’s largest and most innovative horse racing operator, the company has grown into an admired and respected multi-purpose entertainment organization delivering first-class service within its world-class facilities (Woodbine Racetrack, Mohawk Racetrack, Greenwood Teletheatre, and WEGZ).

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