Victoria Ahearn

Victoria Ahearn

Victoria Ahearn is editor of Playback. A veteran multimedia arts journalist, she was formerly chief film and TV writer at The Canadian Press and reporter-editor in various departments at the national wire service, landing bylines in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and many major publications across the country. She's a Humber Radio Hall of Fame inductee, been a copywriter for Corus Entertainment and written for community paper Danforth CentreTown News. At Playback, she oversees content for the publication's daily newsletter.

Posts by Victoria Ahearn

Knowledge Network head Rudy Buttignol set to leave his position

The president and CEO will step down effective June 30 after a petition calling for new leadership at the British Columbia pubcaster.


Boat Rocker snags rights to ‘ornery pussycat’ story Bad Kitty

The Toronto-based media company plans to develop an animated television series based on the children’s book series by Nick Bruel.

Stephanie Joline-Sheri Elwood

Night Blooms, Moonshine are tops at Screen Nova Scotia awards

Other winners at the eighth annual awards gala included documentary Freedom Swell from Marie and Meaghan Wright.


CFC announces 2022 Norman Jewison Film Program cohort

Five directors, five producers, five writers and four editors were chosen from a record number of submissions.


BANFF ’22 dispatches: Bell Media, CBC Kids, BIPOC TV & Film

Bell Media discusses scripted partnerships, CBC Kids talks social responsibility, and BIPOC TV & Film outlines equity, inclusion and representation progress.

Tara Woodbury, Danielle Woodrow - Netflix Canada

Netflix Canada team provides in-depth look at strategy

BANFF ’22: Tara Woodbury and Danielle Woodrow of the streamer’s Toronto-based team discussed what they’re looking for and how they take pitches and make deals.


Top broadcast execs flag ‘grey’ areas of Bill C-11

BANFF ’22: Heads of CBC, Rogers Sports & Media, APTN, Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, and Blue Ant Media discussed the opportunities in the bill and the amendments they want to see in it.


BANFF ’22 dispatches: FAST channels, Being Counted, YouTube Canada

FAST channel executives say the free, ad-supported services are the “next frontier” of programming, a BSO report outlines urgency for representation in kids content, and YouTube’s Canadian head and creators talk Bill C-11.


Hallmark Channel greenlights Ride from Blink49, Seven24

The rodeo-themed family drama is coproduced in partnership with Bell Media for CTV Drama Channel in Canada.


Deals: Sphere Animation, OUTtv, Bell Media, Black Market Releasing

Sphere Animation copro The Game Catchers gets a second season and sales, OUTtv launches on The Roku Channel in the U.S., Bell Media partners with FilmRise, and more.

CBC Spotlight

CBC-BIPOC TV & Film Showrunner Catalyst unveiled

BANFF ’22: CBC content heads revealed the program for senior-level writers as they discussed programming priorities.


DOC adds new members and at-large director roles

The Documentary Organization of Canada says the board changes are part of a commitment to equity and inclusion.