Caillou celebrates 25 years


DHX Media is embarking on a year-long marketing campaign to celebrate the preschool brand’s milestone, supported by new consumer products, partnerships, sweepstakes and events. (From Kidscreen.)

How Blackstone gives a TV reckoning to real-life drama


Showrunner Ron E. Scott tells Playback Daily he’s “putting the big blocks in” as he grabs recent headlines to develop a fifth season of Blackstone for APTN.

Piers Handling honoured by TFCA


The Toronto Film Critics Association award will see Handling choose a filmmaker to receive $50,000 worth of services from Technicolor Creative Services.

DHX’s Michael Goldsmith on rethinking kids TV


From Playback magazine: DHX TV’s director of original programming on pushing the boundaries of kids shows and his strategy for the newly acquired Family and Disney channels.

Suzanne Clement-starrer Rest Home shooting in Montreal


Michael Rowe’s third feature is structured as a Canada-Australia coproduction. (Clement pictured)

CBC acquires U.K. drama Chasing Shadows for 2015 schedule


The pubcaster continues to look to U.K. and Australia dramas to cut programming costs and distinguish itself from rivals.

Peppa Pig’s presence grows in Asia


On the strength of stellar ratings in several Asian countries, Entertainment One Licensing has sewn up multiple new deals in the region for Peppa Pig and appointed a new territory manager.

Playback’s Person of the Year: Barbara Williams


Williams, recently named Shaw Media president and EVP broadcasting, has risen to the top of a major Canadian broadcaster.

Coming Soon: Tru Love


In the first of a new editorial series on distribution strategies for Canadian films, IndieCan Entertainment’s Avi Federgreen discusses plans for micro-budget indie Tru Love.

‘Cashing In’ star Tina Keeper on opening doors for aboriginal artists


“One of the things I’ve learned is a lot of success is due to opportunity,” the veteran actor-turned-producer told Playback Daily.