Spring 2018

Playback’s Indie List: the year in review

This year's Indie List offers a snapshot of some of Canada's biggest production companies firing on all cylinders before the domestic screen...

Bell, Quebecor carriage dispute escalates

Quebecor is reportedly set to pull its TVA Sports channel from Bell TV at 7 p.m. today, coinciding with the first game of the NHL playoffs.

T+E, Travel Channel greenlight The Witches of Salem

Produced by Blue Ant's Saloon Media, the four-part docuseries examines the 17th-century witch trials.

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Breakthrough strikes pact with Vast Entertainment

Via the strategic partnership, the L.A.-based prodco will produce and direct between six-to-eight TV MOWs in Canada and the U.S.

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BANFF to host Jed Mercurio’s first North American engagement

The U.K. showrunner behind Bodyguard and Line of Duty will take part in the festival's 'In Conversation With' series.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, March 25 to 31, 2019

9-1-1 comes in at #1, followed by The Rookie at #2, while Big Brother Canada ties with Magnum P.I. lower...

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Will new CMF guidelines be a boon for Canadian screenwriters?

WGC's Maureen Parker talks to Playback about how the Early Stage Development program could benefit domestic showrunners and writers...

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CBC doc channel acquires The Operatives, Saving Lives at Sea

The deal for the pay TV and VOD rights was inked with Banijay Rights.

The Future of Media: [Block] Chain reaction

Groupe Media TFO wants to reinvent the royalty model by using blockchain to provide more reliable real-time content consumption stats.

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Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Deepa Mehta

The Fire-y filmmaker's subject matter is never easy. Neither was her rise to fame.

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Programming profile: A&E and History

Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Networks, and Eli Lehrer, EVP of programming at History, talk the channels' diver...

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Fractured landscape: Canada’s kids-content biz

Canadian producers are scrambling to adjust their business models in the face of a stalled domestic system and increasingly globalized produ...

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The unusual suspect: Carolle Brabant

From Playback magazine: A look back at the career, challenges and achievements of Telefilm's exiting executive director.

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CSAs 2018: Women take the stage

Awards season is traditionally dominated by men, but this year's Canadian Screen Awards shines a spotlight on more diverse talent.

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Playback Spring 2018: Awards, amazing women and Canada’s kids biz

Playback's first print issue of the year hits mailboxes this week, packed with features on the issues shaping the industry right no...

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