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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Shazia Javed

The founder of prodco LifeSketch Media has recently seen success with her documentary 3 Seconds Divorce and her Breakthrough Development Award.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Caleigh Bacchus

The former college track-and-field athlete has made the jump to screenwriting, where she’s working with a number of industry heavyweights.

Seneca Aaron

10 to Watch: Seneca Aaron

After catching a break and landing in the 21 Thunder writers’ room, TV scribe Aaron has levelled up and become an integral element of the creative teams for Coroner and Nurses.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Christopher Yip

The Edmonton-born writer/director has made a splash with his writing, advocacy and work towards upcoming project Fish Boy.

Lisa Codrington

Playback’s 10 to Watch: Lisa Codrington

Playwright-turned-screenwriter Lisa Codrington has turned industry heads with her talent; her latest turn as co-showrunner of Sinking Ship’s Lockdown shows she’s already primed to take the next step.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch roundtable

VIDEO: The first five recipients of this year’s 10 to Watch sit down for a deep-dive discussion on barriers to entering the industry, Indigenous narrative sovereignty and opportunities in streaming.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch: Darren Anthony

Anthony’s carefully crafted writing talent has impressed the likes of CBC and Children Ruin Everything creator Kurt Smeaton as he uses his past experiences to write untold and relatable stories.


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.


Playback’s 10 to Watch: Asis Sethi

Filmmaker Asis Sethi is a full package deal, using her skills as a journalist and graphic designer to create acclaimed festival shorts that won’t shy away from heavy or taboo subjects.

Asia Youngman

Playback’s 10 to Watch: Asia Youngman

After swapping a burgeoning career in VFX to pursue writing and directing, Youngman is piquing the interest of industry heavyweights as she undertakes a mission to bring untold Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences.


Playback’s 10 to Watch: Fatuma Adar

Playback is pleased to introduce the first of its 10 to Watch recipients. Kicking things off is Somali-Canadian playwright Fatuma Adar, whose fresh voice on the stage has led to a pilot in development with CBC.

Sabrina Sherif

2019′s Five to Watch: Sabrina Sherif

Writer Sabrina Sherif’s specialty in YA series has given her an edge in Canada’s competitive TV industry, landing her projects like an adaptation of Wattpad story The Numbered.