Take 5 Productions
Best of the Year: Take 5 Productions/Whizbang Films
How the Toronto companies are bringing U.S. drama series (and dollars) north of the border.
History preps Vikings return
The second half of the series’ fourth season returns to the channel in a new timeslot.
The Handmaid’s Tale to shoot in Toronto
The MGM Television series will set up shop at Cinespace Film Studios, with Take 5 and Whizbang handling production in Canada. (Lead Elisabeth Moss pictured.)
Vikings gets the season 5 go-ahead
The drama will head to season five with an expanded order.
CW re-ups lineup, greenlights Reign to season four
The CW renews its lineup of originals, including the Take 5/Whizbang/CBS production and a host of British Columbia-shot series.
Vikings building momentum in season four
Total numbers from the History series’ February premiere are up 32% year-over-year in Canada, with ratings success in Asia as well.
History orders extra Vikings episodes
The new season, set to bow in February 2016, has been bumped from 16 to 20 episodes.
CW ends Beauty and the Beast
The series’ upcoming fourth season, produced by Take 5 Productions and Whizbang Films and shot in Toronto, will be its last.
Shaw Media orders fourth season of Vikings for History
The Canada-Ireland coproduction returns to both Canadian and US History channels following a successful third season to date.
Two new CW season pickups for Take 5, Whizbang
Playback joins the the prodco’s two returning CW dramas on set at Cinespace Kipling to discuss how how the series came north to shoot.
Vikings raids new territory with online series
The History channel show has launched two new digital web series in tandem with its upcoming third season.
Scripted show of the Year: Vikings
From Playback magazine: How Vikings topped the specialty entertainment ratings and pillaged its way into TV’s overall Top 30 ratings.