Barb Williams

Killjoys Season 2

The diversity puzzle

While the calls for gender parity in the industry grow and it struggles to respond, Playback looks at the progress already made – and asks whether an even bigger issue is on the horizon.

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Maria Hale tapped to lead Global at Corus

The veteran TV exec takes the reins at the national net as the first major shakeup at the newly merged broadcaster takes place.

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Canadian TV leaders show alarm and gallows humour at panel

“We have a multi-billion dollar business that’s in crisis and going down the tubes,” Bell Media president Kevin Crull told Banff Industry Content Connect panel in Toronto.

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Shaw Media, NSI team for diversity initiatives

Shaw Media and NSI are launching a TV director course to encourage women of all backgrounds and men of Aboriginal or visible minority backgrounds to work in scripted series.


TV needs guidelines, not regulations, Shaw tells CRTC

At the Let’s Talk TV hearing, company executives stressed allowing market forces to decide on pick-and-pay and cable unbundling. (Shaw Media EVP of content Barb Williams pictured)


How shomi aims to take on Netflix Canada

Top Rogers Media and Shaw Media execs on Tuesday outlined the benefits of content and curation for their new video portal to launch in November.


Playback tribute: Global TV at 40 – Part 1

From our print issue: Shaw Media’s Barb Williams (pictured) discusses Global Television’s programming strategy in the first of a three-part series.

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Barb Williams on why Canadian TV still fails women

“There’s no doubt that we feel there’s way too big a gap,” Williams told Playback Daily about the too-slow push to gender equality in Canadian media, during the Banff Industry Day.

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Shaw reveals DTour rebrand details

As Shaw Media unveils DTour’s fall primetime lineup, SVP content Barb Williams discusses the channel’s programming strategy (Rock My RV pictured).

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Fall TV: Content evolution – Stealing the spotlight from network TV

With a lot of buzz-generating content coming from subscription-based and untraditional channels, conventional broadcasters have to fire back with a double-dose of content.


Fall TV: Canadian networks talk up daytime TV

The daytime viewer demographic is expanding, and a new brand of talk TV is stepping in to create social media-friendly water-cooler fodder for the wider, changing audience.

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Shaw launches rebranded specialty channel, Twitter partnership

Barbara Williams on the broadcaster’s fall offerings, with Global adding 18 new shows, including more comedy, to its 2013-14 lineup.