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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Dec. 18 to 24, 2017

While Young Sheldon won the week, Murdoch Mysteries cracked the top 10, with Kim’s Convenience coming in at #27.


Soulpepper’s Albert Schultz accused of sexual misconduct

Four lawsuits have been filed against the founding artistic director of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, who also serves as an executive producer on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.

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To break through in Brazilian TV, it helps to have a guide

Gustavo Gontijo, head of drama and comedy series development at TV Globo, part of Brazil’s largest commercial TV network, breaks down the country’s market realities.


City extends Grammys deal to 2021

The annual event, which last year garnered an audience of nearly 2.6 million, will air exclusively on the Rogers Media-owned channel in Canada.


Vice Media suspends two execs amid sexual misconduct claims

The New York-based company’s president Andrew Creighton and chief digital officer Mike Germano have been placed on leave.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Dec. 22 to 28, 2017

Le trip a trois is at #1, followed by Junior Majeur at #2 and The Man Who Invented Christmas at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Dec. 22 to 28, 2017

Le trip a trois is at #9, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi at #1 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at #2.

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Telefilm, Rogers invest $2.3M across 19 docs

More than half of the funded projects are produced, directed or written by women, with features from Insight Productions and Parabola Films selected.

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Season’s greetings from Playback

We’re taking a brief hiatus, but will be back with more industry news on Jan. 3, 2018. See you in the New Year!

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In brief: Jocelyn Hamilton joins the Canadian Academy’s board

Plus: CBC adds five to its board of directors and two Canadian projects are added to the Berlinale lineup.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand Dec. 12 to 18, 2017

Stranger Things is at #1, followed by Star Trek: Discovery at #2 and The Crown at #3.

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What’s next in…drama?

To help producers stand out in a crowed market, experts weigh in on what trends will be hot in 2018.


The biggest business stories of the year

What better way to reflect on another busy year than to read Playback‘s most-read industry stories of 2017?

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Playback’s 2017 Hall of Fame: Andre Bureau

How the driving force behind the creation of specialty channels in Canada helped shape this country’s broadcasting system as we know it.

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Peace Point pacts with Bahrain prodco

The Toronto prodco has formed a joint venture with Jeo Productions to produce content for the global market.