Playback’s Indie List: the year in review

This year’s Indie List offers a snapshot of some of Canada’s biggest production companies firing on all cylinders before the domestic screen industry was upended by a crisis of unparalleled magnitude.

Joel Oulette (Jared) and Anna Lambe (Sarah) in Trickster

Trickster to make its U.S. debut on The CW

The deal was announced the same week the U.S. network picked up additional seasons of CBC scripted dramas Coroner and Burden of Truth.

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NSI names 21 Business for Producers recipients

Participants among the organization’s cohort include Jason Arsenault (Off The Wharf), Alex Duong (Breaking Bread), Carla Robinson (Bully) and Kate Fenton (Filmores).

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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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Orphan Black alums team for Showtime-commissioned biohacking doc

Executive produced by Graeme Manson and Mackenzie Donaldson, the project premieres today on Showtime in the U.S. and Crave in Canada.

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Hot Sheet: Digital Demand for Oct. 20 to 26, 2020

This week’s Digital Original list sees The Mandalorian lead, while Schitt’s Creek lands at #4 on the Overall TV Show chart.


David Miller named exec director at Sonoma International Film Festival

In addition to the new role, Miller will continue to produce and executive produce films, as well as retaining minority ownership in the assets of A71 Entertainment.

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Incendo buckles down for Cupids on Beacon Street

Penned by Claire Ross Dunn and directed by Pat Kiely, principal photography has started on the company’s latest with Citytv.


CBC recruits Jon Dore, Just for Laughs to Humour Resources

Remote production has wrapped on the 6 x 30-minute series, starring Jon Dore as a retired comedian who makes money as an HR manager for comedians.

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In brief: Former Juice Worldwide CEO Andrew Buck lands EVP role at Premiere Digital

Plus, WIFT-T announces the winners of the 2020 Showcase Awards and Nish Media gets to work on feature L’Inhumain.

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COVID insurance fund set to open Friday

Updated: Telefilm also fleshed out details of the $50-million Short-Term Compensation Fund, while the CMPA has made the case that projects already in production should be eligible to apply to the fund.


Michelle Latimer, Vincenzo Natali among DGC film winners

Inconvenient Indian won the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary, while In the Tall Grass earned directorial achievement in feature film, plus Tracey Deer and Winnifred Jong picked up prizes.


Kim Coates to produce, star in psychological thriller Neon Lights

The indie feature starts filming later this week in Hamilton, ON, with distributor LevelFILM slating the project for release in the spring.

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Copperheart, Sid Gentle sink teeth into Ginger Snaps TV series

Writer Anna Ssemuyaba is attached to the adaptation, while executive producers include John Fawcett and Copperheart’s Steve Hoban.

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Hot Sheet: Top 30 TV programs, Oct. 12 to 18, 2020

Departure cracks the list at #6, while documentary Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me lands at #15.


Spin Master grows gaming efforts with Rubik’s Cube

The Toronto-based toymaker and entertainment company is jumping on the retro toy train, in a US$50-million deal for the popular ’80s STEM puzzle.