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Playback’s 2018 TV Director of the Year: Kari Skogland

One of Canada’s most respected directors, Skogland’s career climbed to new heights in 2018 with The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Awards: TFCA Canadian film contenders, ACTRA’s Excellence

Which Canadian films are vying for the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film award and the actor that nabbed ACTRA’s 2018 career honour.

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IndieCan acquires F*** You All: The Uwe Boll Story

Sean Patrick Shaul’s documentary on the filmmaker is tentatively set for a limited Canadian theatrical run in 2019.

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Photo Gallery: WIFT-T Crystal Awards 2018

The event saw the organization honour its 2018 mentorship cohort and the work of industry veterans like Karen-Thorne Stone, Deb Day and Edwina Follows.

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Dance Revolution earns second act

The format developed and produced by Montreal’s Quebecor Content and prodco Fair-Play will return to TVA next year.

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WIFT-T, Hollywood Suite partnership seeks to amplify fundraising, reach

Heather Webb and David Kines discuss the effectiveness of donation-matching, how funds are used and why WIFT-T’s mission matters.

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Production wraps on Amy Jo Johnson’s sophomore feature

Dark comedy Tammy’s Always Dying is produced by JA Productions, Plainspeak Pictures and Prospero Pictures.

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Canada copro The Kindness of Strangers to open Berlin film fest

Produced by Lone Scherfig’s Creative Alliance banner and Toronto’s Strada Films, the drama will have its world premiere in the festival’s international competition.

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Playback’s 2018 Prodco of the Year: Nomadic Pictures

After 23 years in business the Calgary prodco vaulted into a new era in 2018, earning a trio of Netflix commissions and a renewal for Van Helsing.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2018

Marvel’s Daredevil comes in at #1, followed by Toronto-shot The Handmaid’s Tale at #2 and Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina at #3.

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Playback’s 2018 Showrunner of the Year: Simon Barry

His sci-fi series Ghost Wars may have ended this spring, but veteran showrunner Barry had plenty more up his sleeve.

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LevelFILM partners with Popp Rok

LevelFILM will work with the advertising and music video prodco to develop, package and launch film and TV projects in Canada.

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In Brief: eOne, HBO to copro Taylor Kitsch drama, Halfire hires new SVP

Plus: Stephan James nabs a Golden Globes nom for his role in Amazon’s Homecoming and 10th Avenue Productions gets to work on its fourth animated film.

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Super Channel VP Melissa Kajpust steps down

The VP of programming will leave her position as of Dec. 21.

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Gusto unwraps holiday specials, South Korea deal

Four new festive episodes of Flour Power will debut this month, plus Gusto Worldwide Media sells two seasons of the show to UMAX.