Emily Claire Afan


Emily is a staff writer at Playback who gets especially excited when covering gaming, interactive and digital. She comes from Playback's sister publication KidScreen, spending three years covering licensing & merchandising, retail and interactive trends. She also worked in consumer publishing for a lot of magazines with the word "Canadian" in their titles. Emily is often mocked for her nerdy tendencies, mostly by Playback editor Brendan Christie. She's okay with this and her acceptance is reinforced on Twitter: @EmilyClaireAfan

Posts by Emily Claire Afan
Patch Town

TIFF 2011: Suki Films to produce fest short Patch Town as feature

Suki’s Kimberley Berlin and Susan Schneir talk to Playback about landing a distributor for the feature and what attracted them to the project.

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Alibi picks up Murdoch Mysteries online series

Shaftesbury’s online Murdoch spinoff is heading across the pond to UKTV’s crime channel.

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Laughter, tears highlight Playback’s 2011 Film and TV Hall of Fame

Industry icons were honoured on the red carpet at the 5th annual Playback Hall of Fame on Thursday night, along with Playback’s 10 to Watch.

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Marla Black wins WIFT-Deluxe Internship Program

The emerging producer’s win was announced at the Women in Film and Television-Toronto and CBC reception on Wednesday night.

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Canada at TIFF: Inside the Fest with Karen Bruce

TIFF’s director of Canadian Initiatives shares her tips, news and top TIFF picks.


The 2011 Ten to Watch: Anthony Leo & Andrew Rosen

The Aircraft Pictures production team are behind the Gemini-winning sci-fi comedy, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.


TIFF 2011: Neuromancer is ‘not one medium yelling at the other’

Panelists Jay Firestone, Vincenzo Natali, Trevor Fencott and Francesca Accinelli talk about adapting William Gibson’s Neuromancer into a film and game.

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Playback 2011 Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame: Roger Abbott

The Canadian funnyman and Air Farce co-founder is honoured for his contributions to Canadian comedy.

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The 2011 Ten to Watch: Nathan Vella

The brains behind Capybara Games talks about his approach to indie game development.


The 2011 Ten to Watch: Jeff Toyne

The Vancouver-based composer is making the move from orchestration on such as Fast Five and Battle Los Angeles to writing his own music for upcoming film Dirty Girl.

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The 2011 Ten to Watch: Geoff Ashenhurst

The editor got his big break when he was selected to cut 2009′s Defendor, which premiered at that year’s TIFF.


The 2011 Ten to Watch: Andre Dupuis & Scott Wilson

The duo formed Echo Bay Media while in college and their first TV series Departures is widely regarded as a successful take on the travel show genre.