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CBC Execs Talk Inclusive Storytelling to Reflect Changing Canada: “We Have to Double Down”

Top Canadian Broadcasting Corp. programmer Barbara Williams didn’t flinch from touching Canada’s third rail — acceptance of the country’s increasing cultural diversity and inclusivity — when she pitched local advertisers at her Winter Upfront presentation on a “reset” so the public broadcaster can remain relevant to audiences. “We need to re-introduce ourselves to those who already know us […]

CBC Faces Minimum Spending Requirements for Program Diversity

The CBC/Radio Canada, Canada’s public broadcaster, has had its federal broadcast license renewed to 2027, but the strings attached include first-time obligations to support indie TV producers from “equity-seeking” communities. The CRTC, the country’s TV and telecom watchdog will require that CBC’s English-language services direct at least 30 percent of overall programming expenditures to local […]

Medical Drama ‘Transplant’ Wins Top Prizes at Canadian Screen Awards

The NBC/CTV medical drama Transplant was the big winner at the Canadian Screen Awards, picking up the best TV drama trophy Sunday night. Transplant also earned the best drama actor crown for Hamza Haq and a best drama actress honor for Laurence Leboeuf. Sort Of, the HBO Max and CBC sitcom starring and co-created by […]

‘Kim’s Convenience’ Star Jean Yoon Talks Industry Racism, “Comedy of Humiliation”

Actress Jean Yoon has reopened the post-cancellation controversy surrounding Asian-Canadian representational issues on- and off-screen on the CBC and Netflix comedy Kim’s Convenience. Addressing structural barriers to Asian Canadians advancing in their country’s entertainment industry, Yoon argued change would only follow awareness by White Canadian gatekeepers. “As Asians in the film community, we know our […]

‘Kim’s Convenience’ Star Jean Yoon Says Gender Parity “Eroded” on Show, “Never Got to 50-50 With BIPOC Parity”

Actress Jean Yoon is opening up once again about the representational issues on- and off-screen on the canceled CBC comedy Kim’s Convenience.  In an interview with NBC News, Yoon expounded on previous claims around the show’s lack of diversity in the writers room, saying that while “the show started out so well,” eventually “gender parity […]

‘White Elephant’ Director Talks Empowering Asians in Canadian TV: “There’s Just a Huge Void”

Toronto director Andrew Chung says the Canadian entertainment industry has failed Asian Canadians like himself for decades by mostly erasing their representation on domestic TV sets. But the industry-realigning success and controversy around Kim’s Convenience on Netflix has led Canadian TV programmers to finally greenlight more stories by and about Asian Canadians. That’s unlike Hollywood […]

‘Kim’s Convenience’ Stars Simu Liu and Jean Yoon Open Up on “Painful” Lack of Diversity, “Overtly Racist” Storylines

The fifth and final season of Kim’s Convenience debuted on Netflix on June 2, the same day that star Simu Liu opened up in a Facebook post as he was feeling “a host of emotions” about saying goodbye to the beloved Canadian series about a Korean Canadian family running a convenience store. Liu, who is […]