Lauren Malyk

Lauren Malyk

Lauren Malyk is a staff writer at Playback. She joined the publication in 2018 following stints with the Ottawa Citizen, the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians and TVO's flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. A graduate of Ryerson University’s bachelor of journalism program, she also has experience in communications. You can follow her on Twitter at @lmalyk.

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EXCLUSIVE: WIDC names 2020 Story & Leadership directors

Liz Cairns, Lindsay McIntyre and Emily Diana Ruth are among this year’s eight participants for the script development and director mentorship program.

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Sugar Daddy, In Her City to open Whistler film fest

Going the hybrid route, director Wendy Morgan’s Sugar Daddy will serve as WFF’s virtual opening night presentation, while Carl Bessai’s In Her City is the fest’s in-theatre opener.


Playback’s 10 to Watch: Ryan Cooper

Passionate about telling stories in a modern, authentic and engaging way, the Ojibwe two-spirit creative’s career has quickly progressed since graduating from the NSI.


Corus Studios unveils sales for over 300 hours of content

Island of Bryan, The Big Bake and Masters of Flip were among the series that secured sales.


Indiecan, APL Film nab Shall We Play?

Indiecan Entertainment has acquired the young adult supernatural thriller directed by Ann Forry for representation in Canada and the U.S., while APL Film handles international sales.

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NSI names 21 Business for Producers recipients

Participants among the organization’s cohort include Jason Arsenault (Off The Wharf), Alex Duong (Breaking Bread), Carla Robinson (Bully) and Kate Fenton (Filmores).

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Funny Boy tapped as Canada’s International Oscar pick

The feature co-written and directed by Deepa Mehta marks her second time being selected as Canada’s official entry.

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Incendo buckles down for Cupids on Beacon Street

Penned by Claire Ross Dunn and directed by Pat Kiely, principal photography has started on the company’s latest with Citytv.


Michelle Latimer, Vincenzo Natali among DGC film winners

Inconvenient Indian won the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary, while In the Tall Grass earned directorial achievement in feature film, plus Tracey Deer and Winnifred Jong picked up prizes.

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Copperheart, Sid Gentle sink teeth into Ginger Snaps TV series

Writer Anna Ssemuyaba is attached to the adaptation, while executive producers include John Fawcett and Copperheart’s Steve Hoban.

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Funny Boy to make exclusive broadcast, streaming world premiere on CBC

The upcoming feature film co-written by Deepa Mehta and author Shyam Selvadurai will debut on the pubcaster this December.


Schitt’s, Heartland, Transplant earn DGC directorial prizes

The first two nights of the virtual awards saw Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy and Andrew Cividino pick up Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series, while Megan Follows and Holly Dale secured wins.