Lana Castleman


Lana is the editor of KidScreen, Playback's sister publication.

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Ken Faier exits DHX to set up own shop

With the purchase of DHX’s interactive division, the media conglomerate’s former SVP has set up Epic Story Media to develop IPs from the ground up.


Boat Rocker acquires Jam Filled Entertainment

The Toronto-based company continues its acquisition streak with the purchase of animation service studio Jam Filled Entertainment.

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Kim Wilson exits Kids’ CBC

The longtime creative head of children’s content is no longer with the Canadian pubcaster.

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U.K. to boost tax credit for live-action productions

The U.K. government has announced a new kids TV tax credit that goes into effect in April to support live-action productions like Katie Morag (pictured).

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Arthur makes the global rounds

9 Story Entertainment has sold children’s series Arthur‘s 18th and 19th seasons to the UK’s CBBC, ABC TV in Australia and Noga in Israel.

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‘The Nut Job’ app cracks market in advance of theatrical release

The paid app promoting the 3D animated feature – a Canada-South Korea-U.S. coproduction – is launching wide ahead of the film’s release next week.

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Nelvana sews up content deal in China

The Corus-owned company’s content acquisition and merchandising rep deal for China with the country’s Ciwen Media Group includes animated series such as Babar.

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2012 Kidscreen Awards: Canadian creators make their marks

Dino Dan, Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes and In Real Life 2 took home trophies at the Thursday afternoon ceremony in New York City.

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Webb resigns from Corus Entertainment

Joanna Webb has resigned from Canadian media giant Corus Entertainment. Promoted in late July to VP and head of programming and production to oversee the entire Corus TV group, including kidnets YTV and Treehouse, Webb is set to depart the company on October 1.


Webb promoted at Corus

Advancement comes after recent job cuts at Toronto company


Ground-breaking kids entertainment academic program launches

In what’s likely an industry first, Toronto-based Centennial College has set up a post-graduate program to train the next generation of kids biz execs. The year-long Children’s Entertainment: Writing, Production and Management course being run from the college’s Centre for Creative Communications is set to welcome its first class of students this September.


Legal storm over Storm Hawks

Nerd Corps Entertainment’s distribution arm is suing Denmark-based licensing and brand management agency Kidz Entertainment for…