Barry Walsh


Barry is the editor of realscreen, Playback's sister publication.

Posts by Barry Walsh

Home Town Takeover prodco RTR Media promotes four

The promotions follow a significant boost in the Toronto-based company’s production activity over the last six months.


Former Bell Media exec Tony Leadman joins Weather Channel

Leadman will lead international distribution for the network’s primetime programming and original series.


Saloon Media ups Nick Crowe to head unscripted development

The Blue Ant Media-owned prodco has also hired Tara Elwood as a full-time production executive as it expands its unscripted portfolio.

Tony Tackaberry

Veteran exec Tony Tackaberry forms new prodco, strikes deal with Blue Ant Studios

Tackaberry’s first-look deal with Blue Ant Studios is to develop and produce unscripted series, premium docs and a range of formats.


Former Hot Docs director Alan Black joins Canadaland as chief operating officer

Black will oversee all non-editorial operations for the podcast company and news organization, after leaving Hot Docs in early April.

Heather Conway

Heather Conway, Hot Docs co-president and exec director, to exit posts

Conway will transition to a new advisory role on strategic planning at the organization as co-president Chris McDonald assumes sole leadership.


TIFF unveils new programmers, details for 2022 in-person edition

The new appointments include Robyn Citizen as TIFF’s director of festival programming and Cinematheque and Ravi Srinivasan, who will handle Canadian and Southeast Asian programming.


YouTube to reduce originals slate, global head of original content Susanne Daniels exits

Going forward, YouTube plans to only fund programming within its Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds.


Off the Fence strikes deal with Canadian prodcos

Projects with Markham Street Films and Shark Teeth Films in the works, as the distributor looks to find new opportunities to meet the demand for content.

Adam Benzine fix

Syndicado acquires, revamps COVID documentary

The Toronto-based distributor is presenting a revamped version of the COVID doc The Curve: 90 Days that Changed America at the American Film Market.

i can see your voice

Bell Media’s Noovo to adapt I Can See Your Voice

The Quebecois adaptation of the Korean format will be produced by Montreal-headquartered ToRoS.

Netflix Project Development Accelerator - credit CFC

Netflix misses earnings and subs forecasts for Q3; co-CEOS comment on exec shake-ups

The company says it is “optimistic” it will complete shooting on more than 150 productions globally by year’s end, in addition to the more than 50 productions it has already wrapped.