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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Sasha Leigh Henry

The Toronto filmmaker is juggling film and TV, with the upcoming series Bria Mack Gets a Life and her first feature as a producer, the TIFF world premiere When Morning Comes.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2022: Ryan Bobkin

The Toronto producer has had a fast career trajectory in Canada’s film industry as head of development of Film Forge, working with filmmakers Brandon Cronenberg and Amar Wala.


10 to Watch: Meet the class of 2022

The newest cohort of Playback‘s annual 10 to Watch spans creative and executive talents across film and television.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Renuka Singh

PRESENTED BY CBC: Since becoming a screenwriter in 2018, the B.C. writer has already worked with Lark Productions and Great Pacific Media, and now has a zombie-murder mystery in development.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Kent Donguines

PRESENTED BY CBC: The Vancouver-based producer has already landed on the radar of TIFF, Hot Docs and Netflix as he grows his production banner Aimer Films.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Jadiel Dowlin

PRESENTED BY CBC: The 22-year-old Emmy-nominated actor is already making a name as a screenwriter with a project in development with Sinking Ship and Nelvana.

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Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: JJ Neepin

PRESENTED BY CBC: JJ Neepin is stepping into a new era in her filmmaking career, primed to tell hopeful stories from an Indigenous perspective.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Rob Michaels

PRESENTED BY CBC: The Iraqi-Canadian writer and creator has been rapidly rising behind the scenes. Now, Michaels is setting his sights on increasing Middle Eastern representation in Canadian TV.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Malachi Ellis

PRESENTED BY CBC: The eOne production coordinator has superheroic ambitions as an up-and-coming producer.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Jennifer Irons

PRESENTED BY CBC: At the peak of her writing career Irons made an unexpected pivot to represent the underrepresented with Canada’s first Black-owned film and TV literary agency.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Martha Hagos

PRESENTED BY CBC: Hagos’ career trajectory has evolved from a Corus intern to executive director of B.L.A.C.K. Canada and the Black Academy in a few short years, placing her at the forefront of a cultural shift in Canada.


Playback’s 10 to Watch 2021: Samantha MacAdam

PRESENTED BY CBC: Five years after making the leap from editor to filmmaker, MacAdam’s tenacity has kept her momentum building, attracting the attention of comedians such as Gerry Dee and Kevin Hart.