Winter 2017

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Sienna Films flexes its creative muscles

With two shows travelling the world, more projects in the wings, and Kew Media’s recent endorsement, Playback’s Prodco of the Year is gearing up for an even bigger 2018.

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The ’10s: The era of SVODs and Let’s Talk TV

We’re wrapping up our birthday throwback series with a dive into the recent past: Netflix, the CRTC and the Corus/Shaw deal will shape the industry for years to come.

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Playback’s 2016 Canadian Film & TV Hall of Fame: Phillip Borsos

The savvy Vancouver filmmaker was on-trend, chasing big budgets, big stories and commercial success.

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The ’00s: What defined the turn of the century?

We’re diving into a decade of unprecedented tech disruption, big-time mergers and acquisitions and era-defining Cancon.

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The ’90s: The era of Due South, going public and budget reductions

We’re looking back on the shows, mergers, regulatory curveballs and tech innovations that defined the Canadian media landscape in the 1990s.

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Thirty years of industry evolution

It’s our birthday, we’ll throwback if we want to! Playback is celebrating its anniversary, so we’re counting down the major industry milestones and players. First up, the ’80s.

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One step forward, one step back

Original Playback editor Mark Smyka reflects back on how the industry has changed…and how it’s stayed the same.

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Playback’s 2016 Hall of Fame: Michael MacMillan

For his work raising the bar of political discourse by encouraging everyone to get involved, the Blue Ant CEO is awarded the Humanitarian HOF honours.

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Check out Playback’s Best of the Year winners

What did it take to make this year’s list? Killer growth strategies, diversification and strong partnerships, for starters.

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Best of the Year: Home To Win

Canada’s newest specialty reality series took a cue from superheroes – packing stars into one show – and watched the viewers and sponsors pour in.

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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.

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Best of the Year: Jason Priestley

While best known for his on-screen presence, the Private Eyes EP snags the honour for his behind-the-scenes work.