Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Abdul Malik

The prolific screenwriter and development exec explains his “elliptical” journey that led to a focus on stories about justice, liberation and labour.

Beyond Black Beauty series trots into production

The copro between Toronto’s Sinking Ship Entertainment, Leif Films, and Amazon Studios has production set for Canada and Belgium.

Telefilm captures the feel of the theatre experience

A spot by Director X kicks off a campaign to help the Canadian film industry’s recovery efforts.

Pluto TV readies its Canadian market launch

Olivier Jollet, Pluto TV’s EVP and international GM, discusses the platform’s multi-faceted partnership with Corus Entertainment and how AVODs and FAST channels are complementary to linear and VOD subscription options.

Still of Darlene Naponse's film Stellar

Darlene Naponse’s Stellar to open 23rd imagineNATIVE festival

Gail Maurice’s ROSIE will close the in-person portion of the hybrid festival, with screenings and events running from Oct. 18 to 23, and additional virtual screenings available until Oct. 30.

DOC launches DocuMentality in Canada

The mental health initiative, unveiled in a recent panel at the Toronto International Film Festival, seeks to normalize the conversation within the documentary film community.

Titan1Studios developing Peace River series

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah is set to write the adaptation, inspired partly by the Toronto-based production house’s upcoming video game, Events at Unity Farm.

BSO, REMC call for Bill C-11 amendments, directives

The BSO wants the term “racialized” changed in the bill, while the REMC wants the Act accompanied by government directives to ensure equity and inclusion accountability.

ZoomerMedia promotes Beverley Shenken to chief content officer

As part of the promotion Shenken will now lead carriage and distribution negotiations with Canadian BDUs on behalf of the company’s television properties.

Thunderbird appoints its first distribution sales director

The entertainment group has hired former Kidscreen associate publisher Nelson Huynh to expand the global reach of its growing kids and primetime television slate.

Pixcom adds three in scripted content expansion

Martine Pagé has been hired as director of fiction development, while the company has added two scripted producers to increase its production capacity.

Avi Federgreen and Jen Pogue collaborate on County Blooms

The lifestyle series, directed and produced by Pogue along with Federgreen, is set to air in early 2023 on Bell Fibe TV1.

Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Tope Babalola

The creative executive at Toronto’s Little Engine Moving Pictures has paved an unconventional career path using his TikTok page, humour, wit, and drive.

Wildling Pictures pairs with directing duo on Suze

Directed and written by Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark, the dramedy feature is now in production in Hamilton, Ont.

CMF kicks off ‘exploration of Canadian content’

The funder says it wants to facilitate industry-wide discussions about the definition of Cancon as Bill C-11 goes through a Senate review.