Playback Summer 2019

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Michelle Lovretta isn’t afraid of moving on

The Killjoys and Lost Girl creator shares her philosophy on mentoring up-and-coming showrunners.

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APTN @ 20: How the broadcaster found its footing

Part two of Playback magazine’s feature examines how former CRTC policy analyst Patrick Tourigny played a key role in APTN’s origin story and the evolution of its news division.

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APTN: Giving the Indigenous community a voice

From Playback magazine: the broadcaster has become more relevant than ever as it prepares for its ambitious next phase after 20 years of broadcasting.

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Modern Canadian showrunner pt. 2: opportunities abound for creators

Showrunners discuss new opportunities created by SVOD players and expanded funding triggers, and how the discussion around diversity is evolving.

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The modern Canadian showrunner: navigating a landscape in flux

Part one of Playback magazine’s showrunner feature looks at the increased creative freedom afforded to writers, and why now is an exciting time to build a career in Canada.

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Domestic prodcos stretched thin under talent crunch

As the production volume in Canada continues to surge, Sean Buckley, Daniel Bekerman and Vince Commisso discuss how they’re working around the domestic talent shortage.

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How increased funding flexibility is creating forward momentum

From Playback magazine: expanded funding triggers are creating new paths to market for producers and creators in a slow-moving broadcast environment.

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Indie List 2019: a tumultuous year in review

From Playback magazine: optimism, challenges (both old and new) and some impressive success stories in a transitory year for Canadian film and TV.

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CBC retools Battle of the Blades for 2019 return

The original Canadian format returns this fall, five years after its initial cancellation, in a drastically different TV environment than the one in which it was conceived.

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Programmer profile: Blue Ant Media

Execs Jamie Schouela and Sam Linton discuss commissioning strategies for the company’s Canadian specialty channels, Cottage Life, Makeful and T+E.