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Inconvenient Indian pulled from Sundance lineup

The NFB said it has withdrawn Michelle Latimer’s doc from ‘active distribution’ after engaging with its Indigenous Advisory Group, industry partners, 90th Parallel Productions and producer Jesse Wente.

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Happy Holidays from Playback

We’re taking a break for the holidays and will return to regular newsletter publishing on Jan. 5.

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Randy Lennox: the exit interview

After five and a half years, the Lennox era at Bell Media is coming to a close. In this exclusive interview, Playback chats with the outgoing president about his move from music to broadcasting, setting Bell Media up for future success, his departure and future.

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Hiltz Squared Media working on new Luka Magnotta documentary

The Montreal-based company is in pre-production on a followup to its 2014 project Sex, Fame & Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story after optioning the rights to a 2018 book co-authored by Magnotta’s mother.

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Action-thriller Dangerous underway in B.C.

Penned by director David Hackl and Christopher Borrelli, the film has also secured a number of sales.


How Peacock Alley quietly continued their momentum in 2020

President Carrie Mudd looks back on their first service production, out this month on Netflix, and how they’ve learned to be more strategic with their development slate.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films for Dec. 11 to 17, 2020

Le silence comes in at #1, while Je m’appelle humain lands at #2 and Percy makes the list at #3.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films for Dec. 11 to 17, 2020

The Croods: A New Age leads, followed by Elf and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch at #2 and #3, respectively.

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Kim Albright’s With Love and a Major Organ wins WIDC awards

Albright says “production is now truly within reach” after winning the CBC Films WIDC Talent Development Award and the WIDC Feature Film Award.

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Little Orphans wins Best Canadian Feature at WFF

Other winners include Underground, Quebexit and Indian Road Trip.


14 Days 12 Nights to represent Canada as International Oscar pick

The drama from director Jean-Philippe Duval replaces Funny Boy, which will now be submitted for Best Picture and general entry categories for the awards.


Bell Media Studios taps Trey Anthony as development producer

The ‘Da Kink in My Hair creator will help Bell Media’s in-house production team develop and produce unscripted formats for the global market.

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Michelle Latimer resigns from Trickster after questions raised of Indigenous identity

“I have listened to my community and feel that stepping away from the production is the appropriate course of action,” said Latimer in a social media post, which comes four days after reports surfaced calling into question her claim of Indigenous identity.


Event of the Year 2020: Canada’s film festivals

The organizers from some of Canada’s top film festivals look back on the herculean task of pivoting to digital during the pandemic and try to predict what’s in store for 2021.

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Dealmaker of the Year: Bruno Dube

With a pair of savvy and opportunistic acquisitions in 2020, the Sphere Media principal is quietly building an indie-production empire to be reckoned with in the global marketplace.