Submit your nomination for Playback’s 10 to Watch

The annual celebration of up-and-coming voices in Canada’s screen industry is back, with nominations open until Oct. 18. Click here to submit.

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Struggle for resources impacts underrepresented screen industry workers in Atlantic region: report

Survey paints portrait of highly educated and skilled professionals who lack access to skills development programs, unions and guilds, and work, on average, only half the year.

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Deals: CBC, eOne, Guru, Media Ranch

Canadian prodcos and networks net new licensing deals and acquisitions, plus Canadian unscripted formats find U.S. homes at MIPCOM.

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IATSE strike averted with tentative agreement

The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by union members, includes a 54-hour weekend rest period and enhanced wages and working conditions for new media.


Rising stars assemble for Brother

Filming begins on the Clement Virgo’s dramatic adaptation of the prize-winning novel, with Bron Releasing to handle international sales.

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Surge in animation drives demand for talent in B.C.: report

First-of-its-kind analysis of creative technology sector in B.C. highlights sector as key driver of economic growth and employment, despite pandemic impacts.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Oct. 4 to 10, 2021

Squid Game gains ground to land at No. 1 on the digital originals list and No. 2 in overall demand behind Saturday Night Live.


In brief: CBC goes green, London pitch program projects, Shorts director makes tall impact

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Avocado Toast raises team for second season

The CSA winning short-form digital comedy heads back into production with OUTtv’s Brad Danks and Philip Webb as executive producers.

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Canadian Academy symposium tackles hot domestic film issues

The 45-page report on the Academy’s symposiums offers an overview of opinions on streaming and distribution, foreign languages in Canadian film and the pull to the U.S.


Canadian features among VIFF audience award winners

The annual festival closed with eight audience winners, while Kaveh Nabatian’s Sin La Habana won Best Canadian Film.


Mediawan picks up format, distribution rights to For the Record

Mediawan has acquired format rights in Europe and Latin America, while series prodco Anthology Productions is shopping the format rights in additional territories.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs for Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2021

The Good Doctor leads the list, followed by 9-1-1 and The Rookie.


Four days left to submit for 10 to Watch

Nominations are open until Monday (Oct. 18) at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Click here to submit.

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BANFF Spark Accelerator open for business

Program seeks up to 100 women and non-binary entrepreneurs who are ready to launch and scale screen-based businesses.

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Former CBC exec steps in to lead Hot Docs

Former CBC VP Heather Conway named executive director and co-president after a months-long international search by the organization.