Playback Sessions

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Canadian Academy CEO Beth Janson talks evolving through the pandemic, CSAs ’21

VIDEO: After a tumultuous 2020, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is heading into the new year with a renewed sense of optimism about the future of the domestic content sector.

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Slawko Klymkiw on his decision to leave the CFC after 15 years

VIDEO: The outgoing CEO, who announced his retirement last month, discusses the organization’s past and future, weathering the pressures wrought by the pandemic and what’s next once he vacates his post this spring.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch roundtable – part one

VIDEO: The first five recipients of this year’s 10 to Watch sit down for a deep-dive discussion on barriers to entering the industry, Indigenous narrative sovereignty and opportunities in streaming.

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Nurses season two: how the medical drama completed its longest shift to date

VIDEO: Creator and co-showrunner Adam Pettle discusses showrunning in the age of COVID, rewriting scripts to make them shootable under COVID protocols and what he’s working on next.

Andrew Cividino

After the Schitt’s-storm: Andrew Cividino talks Emmy wins, future projects

VIDEO: Six weeks removed from Schitt’s Creek‘s triumphant Emmys sweep, Cividino discusses the aftermath of that history-making night, new doors opening and his upcoming slate of features and series.

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How Karma’s World landed a Netflix deal

VIDEO: 9 Story Media principal Vince Commisso on how the long-gestating show, created by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, landed a deal with the streaming giant, and how 9 Story’s various international hubs are collaborating to bring the series to life.

Julie Bristow

Behind the launch of Julie Bristow’s new venture, Content Catalyst Fund

VIDEO: The veteran content exec chats with Playback about amplifying the market potential of female stories and storytellers, new beginnings, CFF’s 25-project development slate and more.

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Outgoing CMPA chair Scott Garvie reflects on four years of industry upheaval

VIDEO: Garvie, whose four-year term has spanned a number of historic policy decisions and reviews, discusses some of the defining moments of his tenure and looks ahead to what comes next for Canadian producers.

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Inside the creation of the Black Screen Office

VIDEO: Five of the architects behind the BSO discuss its progress, timeliness, and the growing importance of having an independent organization that advocates on behalf of Black industry professionals.

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Escaping reality: factual producers on creating a welcome distraction from the 24/7 COVID news cycle

VIDEO: Execs from marblemedia, Insight Productions, Saloon Media and BGM discuss pandemic-era production, strategic shifts in development, and what audiences and buyers are looking for.

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Film distributors talk TIFF, super agencies and return of theatrical

VIDEO: In the first instalment of Playback‘s new video series, Anick Poirier, Justin Rebelo, Noah Segal and Mark Slone unpack some of the tectonic shifts and opportunities in the film distribution landscape.