Best of the Year

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2019 Network of the Year: CTV

How Bell Media is reimagining Canada’s preeminent network for a digital era.

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2019 Showrunner of the Year: Dan Levy

The man behind Canada’s homegrown cultural phenomenon Schitt’s Creek topped a life-changing year with a surprise Emmy nomination and a major studio deal.

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2019 Film of the Year: Menteur

Emile Gaudreault’s French-language fantasy-comedy has been able to entice Quebec audiences, earning $6.3 million at the box office.

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2019 Production Company of the Year: Peacock Alley Entertainment

How a carefully-crafted development slate, including Crave mockumentary New Eden and CBC Gem’s Jensplaining, keeps Peacock Alley thriving in Canada’s competitive landscape.

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2019 Executive of the Year: Catherine Tait

The CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO discusses how she is building a pubcaster for the future.

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2019 Media Company of the Year: Blue Ant Media

After building an expansive global enterprise over the past eight years, Michael MacMillan’s company is going all-in on its North American strategy.

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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 with Universal.

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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 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 company.

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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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Les Films Seville’s sequel successes

A pair of police comedies helped Playback’s Distributor of the Year thrive in an increasingly challenging exhibition market.

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An Anne for our times

A darker, contemporary twist on a classic helped this CBC/Netflix series, and Playback’s TV show of the year, resonate globally during turbulent times.