Playback Spring 2018: Awards, amazing women and Canada’s kids biz

Playback's first print issue of the year hits mailboxes this week, packed with features on the issues shaping the industry right now.

playback spring 2019 coverIt’s Canadian Screen Week and that, for us here at Playback, also means another magazine hits mailboxes across the country.

We’ve packed this issue with features covering the gamut of topics shaking up the industry right now: the seismic changes facing kids-content producers in Canada, the imminent departure of longtime Telefilm head Carolle Brabant, the inspiring upswing in CSA nominations for women in this year’s awards and a look at the new tech that could have a big impact on how producers and broadcasters do business.

As well, we are pleased to announce Deepa Mehta’s induction into Playback‘s Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame, a well-deserved feat and inspiring story for all women working, or aspiring to work, in the film industry.

Stories for digital-only subscribers will be rolling out here on over the next two weeks and you can find links to all the stories here on this page. Enjoy!

  • Future of Media: [Block] chain reaction – Groupe Media TFO wants to reinvent the royalty model by using blockchain to provide more reliable real-time content consumption stats. Read more here.
  • Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Deepa Mehta – The Fire-y filmmaker’s subject matter is never easy. Neither was her rise to fame. Read more here.
  • Programming profile: A&E and History – Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Networks, and Eli Lehrer, EVP of programming at History, talk the channels’ diverging programming strategies. Read more here.
  • IP: The new currency of ideas – The growing demand for more content is sending prodcos to new places in search of fresh properties.  Read more here.
  • Fractured Landscape: Canada’s kids-content biz – Canadian producers are scrambling to adjust their business models in the face of a stalled domestic system and increasingly globalized production environment. Read more here.
  • The Unusual Suspect: Carolle Brabant – A look back at the career, challenges and achievements of Telefilm’s exiting executive director. Read more here.
  • CSAs 2018: Women take the stage – Awards season is traditionally dominated by men, but this year’s Canadian Screen Awards shines a spotlight on more diverse talent. Read more here.