Liza Sardi

Liza Sardi

Liza Sardi is editor-in-chief at Playback and content director for the Banff World Media Festival. An award-winning journalist, she has worked at the National Post, Globe and Mail, London Free Press, Sun Media and multiple other publications across the country from Tuktoyaktuk to Toronto. She helped launch Post Media’s daily tablet newsmagazine and was behind a major glossy relaunch of 24 Hours. As content director, she oversees the development of content for the iconic BANFF festival now in its 42nd year.

Posts by Liza Sardi

Blue Ant Media unveils greenlights for fall and spring 2022

The Canadian originals slate includes a new documentary feature, a doc series and a paranormal anthology as well as renewals on co-productions with Quebecor Content and APTN.

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Quebecor unveils new single-serve hub for all its content

The application brings together news, video, music and radio – both live and on demand – except for two subscriptions services.


Cineplex, Cineworld trade salvos as trial opens

Both sides are seeking financial reparations after the $2.8 billion merger was scuttled.

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ACTRA Toronto council names new executive director

Alistair Hepburn will succeed veteran Sue Milling after the pair helped develop pandemic protocols that put the screen industry back to work.


What animated Voss’ interest in Thunderbird?

CEO Jennifer Twiner McCarron explains how the company drew interest from a U.S. hedge fund, and what it plans to do with the investment within its factual, animation and consumer products divisions.


U.S. hedge fund acquires stake in Thunderbird Entertainment

UPDATED: Voss Capital points to kids division Atomic Cartoons as a chance for “tremendous growth opportunities ahead.”

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Eight women directors selected for Academy development program

The fourth edition of The Canadian Academy’s bilingual six-month program kicks off at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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WarnerMedia launches initiative for mid-level filmmakers at TIFF

The practical program – which seeks to demystify the festival market – will continue year-round at nine other film festivals across Canada.


Announcing the Playback Film Summit

Accelerating Canadian film from script to screen is the goal of the two-day conference aimed at bolstering the independent feature film industry.

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CMF contributions spark production despite pandemic: annual report

The 2020/21 report outlines the contributions made towards equity and inclusion initiatives and declines in viewership of CMF-funded Canadian programs except in Quebec.


TIFF ’21: Filmmaker Lab, Talent Accelerator and Rising Stars picks

Two Learn to Swim actors chosen as Rising Stars while Sing Me a Lullaby ‘s Tiffany Hsiung and Finding Sally ‘s Tamara Dawit among 10 Canadian filmmakers chosen for the annual Filmmaker Lab.

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New $400,000 fund aimed at inexperienced Black creators

In collaboration with the Black Screen office, Telus STORYHIVE is offering $20K plus mentoring and distribution to 20 Black creators – and no experience is needed to apply.