Best of the Year: David Cronenberg


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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