In the news: Canadian dramas bellwether for industry

From Jason Anderson of The Walrus magazine:

  • Point of No Return: Making Canadian television drama worth watching remains a challenge
    “Even with the global recession slowing production (shortfalls forced CBC to cut the number of episodes in The Border’s third season), all this activity would seem to indicate a reversal of fortune for makers of Canadian television. As ACTRA’s Stephen Waddell told Playback Daily, ‘Canada is ready for the big time. If you look at the programs being produced now, they’re interesting, they’re innovative, they bring a new perspective.’ He might also have mentioned that the US networks buy them for a fraction of what it costs to produce their own programming.” Read more.