Winter 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...

Playback Winter 2018-19: Breaking down 2018 with the year’s biggest newsmakers

Playback's winter issue showcases key players shaping the industry and wishes a bittersweet farewell to two icons who blazed a trai...

Op-Ed: What do we do AfterMeToo?

Vibika Bianchi, veteran producer, programmer and the acting chair of AfterMeToo, reflects on a year that changed the industry.

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Programmer profile: OUTtv and Revry

OUTtv CEO Brad Danks and Damian Pelliccione, co-founder and CEO of Revry, discuss their programming strategies.

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‘A Mexico-Canada romcom would probably work well in Mexico’

Latam Pictures' CEO Mineko Mori says local comedies are on the rise in Mexico, and it's a potentially fruitful area for a copro.

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A ‘suite’ goodbye: Barbara Williams

Playback pays tribute to Williams' 30-year TV career, which started in the newsroom of Citytv and wrapped in the C-suite of Corus E...

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Playback’s 2018 Channel of the Year: OUTtv

"This year established a strong proof of concept in respect to our overall strategy," says Brad Danks, citing globalization and direct-to-co...

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Playback’s 2018 Film Director of the Year: Stella Meghie

The Share Her Journey ambassador has become one of Canada's top directorial exports, thanks to a TIFF world premiere and an upcoming feature...

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Playback’s 2018 TV Director of the Year: Kari Skogland

One of Canada's most respected directors, Skogland's career climbed to new heights in 2018 with The Handmaid's Tale.

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Playback’s 2018 Showrunner of the Year: Simon Barry

His sci-fi series Ghost Wars may have ended this spring, but veteran showrunner Barry had plenty more up his sleeve.

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Playback’s 2018 Show of the Year: Schitt’s Creek

Executive producers and stars Dan Levy and Eugene Levy reflect on a year that saw the half-hour comedy vault into the international spotligh...

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Playback’s 2018 Exec of the Year: Jennifer Twiner McCarron

The CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment had a boffo year, transitioning from CEO of Atomic Cartoons to the leader of its newly public parent co...

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How Sinking Ship’s Annedroids broke the mould

The unique female-led STEM series, and Playback's Kids Show of the Year, achieved global reach in 2017.

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