Playback’s Indie List: the year in review

This year’s Indie List offers a snapshot of some of Canada’s biggest production companies firing on all cylinders before the domestic screen industry was upended by a crisis of unparalleled magnitude.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Nov. 13 to 19, 2020

Monkey Beach tops the list, followed by The Kid Detective at #2 and The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel at #3.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Nov. 13 to 19, 2020

Freaky comes in at #1, followed by Let Him Go and The War with Grandpa at #2 and #3, respectively.


IPF lifts lid on Short Form Series Production picks

Split between six English-language and three French-language series, notably, projects from Shaftesbury and Filmcoop were among those selected.

Chris Bonney

Cineflix Rights CEO Chris Bonney to retire in 2021

Bonney, who leads the sales arm of Montreal-based Cineflix Media, has overseen international sales for global brands and hit shows including Property Brothers, Coroner and Wynonna Earp during his eight-year tenure.

Valerie Creighton CMF

CMF @ 10: Evolving in a time of crisis, pt. 2

The organization is not sitting still, innovating constantly. And with the industry at what Valerie Creighton characterizes as a turning point, there is rare opportunity on the horizon. “If we get this right, Canada will hold its place with the best in the world,” she says.

Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan makes long-anticipated move into TV

The Night Logan Woke Up, a five-part psychological thriller from Quebecor Content, Canal+ and Studiocanal, goes to camera in March.

Delhi Crime

Richie Mehta’s Delhi Crime wins International Emmy for best drama

The Netflix original series, written and directed by Mehta, is based on the 2012 investigation into the rape of a young woman in India.


Vertical Entertainment secures Akilla’s Escape

The independent film distributor has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to director Charles Officer’s crime-noir.


ACTRA National appoints Olivia Nuamah as director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

In the newly created role, the former executive director of Pride Toronto will oversee strategies related to enhancing diversity on Canadian screens.


Arcana hires Steve Pegram’s Maroon Cartoon to aid sales, production growth

The animation studio will work with Pegram to expand the sales and production strategy for its existing IP library, with content from Heroes of the Golden Masks and The Pixies on its production and development slates.

Cup of Cheer

Micro-budget indie Cup of Cheer extended after topping domestic box office

During unprecedented times at the Canadian box office, the satirical indie feature from Jake Horowitz and Andy Lewis is resonating with drive-in theatregoers.

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Deals: Love Nature, Gusto, 9 Story Distribution

Love Nature launches on StarTV, while Gusto TV grows its partnership with Samsung TV Plus and 9 Story Distribution International unveils new deals for Dr. Panda.

Valley of Tears

Hollywood Suite acquires HBO Max drama Valley of Tears

The film-focused specialty network is dipping its toe into premium TV, with president David Kines saying that more exclusive programming acquisitions will be forthcoming.

Hot Sheet

Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Nov. 10 to 16, 2020

The Mandalorian leads the Digital Original list, while Star Trek: Discovery lands at #2 and The Crown claims the #4 spot.

Will Pascoe

In brief: Wattpad expands partnership with NL Film

Plus: PSP unveils Will Pascoe (pictured) as showrunner-in-residence for its 2021 Scripted Series Lab and UBCP/ACTRA recognizes Catherine Lough Haggquist and Alvin Sanders with lifetime achievement awards.