How Boxing Cats turned its format into a Swedish hit


The prodco’s president Brad Brough tells Playback about how Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All found success in Europe.

Could Canada lure Dean Deblois back?


The How to Train Your Dragon 2 writer and director on career momentum, indie animation and why he’d “love to come and make a movie here [in Canada] sometime.”

Cineflix Rights takes worldwide rights to Biblical Conspiracies


Simcha Jacobovici’s revisionist Biblical theories stir media controversy, making them ripe for international broadcasters, says the distributor.

CBC shortens news, talks job cuts, to save $15M


The pubcaster outlines its four-screen approach to local news as it goes from 90-minute shows to one-hour or half-hour formats in major TV markets.

City sets launch dates for Sunnyside, Young Drunk Punk


Rogers Media is pitting its new sketch comedy series against CTV’s Comedy Thursdays. (Young Drunk Punks‘ Tim Carlson pictured)

Unscripted show of the year: MasterChef Canada


From Playback magazine: “I think people really warmed to the fact that we could tell Canadian stories within that format,” says Proper Television president Guy O’Sullivan of the top-rated series.

The Men in development with ABC


The one-hour drama series from Canadian creators Jocelyn Cornforth and Al Magee, originally in development at the CBC, has moved to the U.S. net.

NSI names latest Aboriginal doc course teams


The course provides training, mentorship and funding towards the production of a short doc from Aboriginal producers and directors.

Bell fund names Nancy Chapelle as new exec director


The former TVO exec replaces longtime director – and recent Playback Hall of Fame inductee – Andra Sheffer.

Frantic Films finds CBC’s funny bone in Of All Places


The indie also got a sixth-season pick up for its Winnipeg Comedy Festival series. (Frantic CEO Jamie Brown pictured)

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WIFT-T Crystal Awards 2014 - Tecca Crosby presents Trina McQueen with the Special Jury Award of Distinction at the 2014 WIFT-T Crystal Awards. Credit: Yani Macute