What to expect in 2022?

A selection of predictions from this year's Best of the Year winners, who wade in on what they think and wish will come true in 2022.

“We must ask how we can dance with the streaming platforms and still keep our theatrical releases. Instead of giving our movies over to streamers after they’re done, we have to include these platforms in the financial structure to get our movies made.” – Louis Morissette, star, co-writer, executive producer, Le Guide de la famille parfaite

“2022 will be the year that Quebec scripted series really start to get noticed on the international market. We believe Quebec fiction can be the next big thing.” – Yann Paquet, VP, strategy and international business, Quebecor Content

“I think we’re going to see a burst of episodic web series and TV shows coming from creators of colour in 2022, and by the end of that year, hopefully, we’ll start to see a push for more of those stories with mainstream dollars and real budgets.” – Anthony Q. Farrell, showrunner and executive producer, Overlord and the Underwoods 

“The pandemic changed people’s viewing habits… we think 2022 will be a big year for scripted series – both in terms of quality and quantity. There are some series coming through that have high production values and great names attached. It will be a big shift.” Denis Dubois, VP, original content, Quebecor Content

“I think Canadian producers are really well-positioned going into 2022 because of our tax credits. That foundation allows us to be globally competitive in a way that a lot of other producers around the world can’t. It gives Canada a great opportunity to be the next big exporter of original formats.” – Lesia Capone, co-president, Proper Television

“With all the new streamers there is more choice than ever for audiences, so it is contingent on producers to develop ideas that can drive and maintain subscriptions. Unscripted producers all need to be thinking about what our version of Netflix’s Squid Game is. What is the thing that has such great talent and production values that it is going to break through at that level?” – Cathie James, co-president, Proper Television

“I’m just happy Ghostbusters: Afterlife is playing in theatres in 30 countries. [Director Jason Reitman] and I were concerned that the studio would sell it to a major streamer. I thought it should play in a large, dark theatre with people laughing and screaming. I hope that will continue and we’re not going to have a setback.” – Ivan Reitman, director and producer, Ghostbusters

“I have a vision of Indigenous women executives who run their own corporations, driving economically, and just rising to the level that we’ve normalized white men to rise to. That’s the vision that I have and I want to do everything I can to see that.”– Jennifer Podemski, producer, founder Shine Network Institute