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Melissa Williamson joins Saloon Media as SVP, scripted content

The former Pier 21 Films president will be tasked with leading Saloon’s entry to the scripted market.

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Williamson, Butler upped at Pier 21 as Barna steps back

Founder Laszlo Barna will step back from the company’s day-to-day operations, while the prodco also unveiled in-development dramas with Michael Konyves and Sandra Chwialkowska.

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Cameras rolling on The Beaverton

The 13-episode first season of the show will premiere on The Comedy Network in November.

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Pier 21 shoots The Beaverton pilot for Comedy

The televised adaptation of the satirical news website will be structured around a fake news broadcast of fabricated weekly events.

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Playback’s most-read stories of 2014

From development slates to cancellations to the Banff World Media festival, Playback takes a look back at our most-read stories from the past year. (Arctic Air pictured.)

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Playback’s 5 to Watch: Melissa Williamson

The head of development at Pier 21 has proven adept at seeking out unique TV properties and anticipating network needs.

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Playback reveals the 2014 “5 to Watch”

Our most-anticipated list of the year: five Canadian entertainment industry talents whose careers are on the fast-track to success, and five more we’re calling “The New Establishment.”