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Best of the Year: David Cronenberg

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Thirty years into a storied career, this Canadian director is having one of his biggest years yet, making him Playback‘s Director of the Year.



THQ wins Quebec video game talent poaching court case

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The Quebec appeals court sided with THQ and against Ubisoft in allowing Patrice Desilets to head up the U.S. game publisher’s new Montreal development studio.



Best of the Year: Combat Hospital

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UPDATED: It may not have earned a second season, but Global TV and Sienna Films’ medical drama still earns kudos for its well-executed, cleverly financed and highly popular first season.



‘Mom-coms’ and breakup advice from Random Bench

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Producer Elizabeth Levine talks to Playback about developing the prodco’s mother-daughter comedy, participating in the Telefilm/CFC Comedy Lab and why mom issues make great movies.



Best of the Year: Entertainment One

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Read on to find out how Playback‘s distributor of the year is gaining momentum to become a global entertainment player.



Mr. Finckenstein goes to Washington

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In a speech to an industry forum, the outgoing CRTC chair addresses the challenges of preserving Canadian content in a fractured mediascape.



Interactive Ontario’s Ian Kelso steps down

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The Ontario digital media association topper is taking the CEO post at the Canadian Interactive Alliance/Alliance Interactive Canadienne.



Best of the Year: micro_scope

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The Montreal-based prodco talks about finding critical and commercial success with a strategy that balances serious subject matter with accessible storytelling.



IPF and Cogeco commit to expanded funding mandates

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Over the next three years, the IPF will make web series funding a focus after a two-year experimental program, while the Cogeco Fund will continue to fund Canadian television drama series as part of a broadened mandate.



Avi Federgreen to release festival winners in Canadian theatres

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Moon Point and Peace Out mark the first two acquisitions for the veteran Canadian film producer’s newly launched distribution shingle, Indiecan Entertainment.

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