Playback’s Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame, now in its fifth year, is proud to announce its six newest honorees – these inductees will be celebrated at an event taking place on September 15th in Toronto hosted by funnymen Colin Mochrie and Art Hindle. The gala will celebrate the recipients of Playback’s annual 10 to Watch as well as this year’s Panavision Award winner Adam Barken and the winner of the Playback Outstanding Achievement Award, which will go to Allan Hawco.
Here are the six Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame honourees.
An internationally recognized award-winning animator, Back’s credits include "The Man Who Planted Trees" and "Crac," both of which received Oscars for Best Animated Short.
This actress, who starred in big flicks like "Dances with Wolves" and "Legends of the Fall" as well as TV's "North of 60," has won a Gemini Award and is a distinguished member of the Order of Canada – she has also appeared in an additional 80 screen projects in her 35-year-plus career.
One of Canada’s most successful indie filmmakers, Héroux also forged an international producing career, co-founding Alliance Entertainment. As a producer he’s a two-time Genie winner ("Les Plouffe" and "The Bad Boy") along with the producer of "Atlantic City," which was nominated in 1980 for a Best-Picture Oscar.
A life-long champion of Canadian content, Juneau is largely credited with helping build a permanent domestic market for film and television. He was also the first chairman of the CRTC and at one time was president of the CBC.
Rozon founded the Just for Laughs festival in 1983, launching one of the most recognized brands in comedy and giving a platform to one of Canada’s most beloved exports: the comedian. The Just For Laughs fest continues to be one of the most popular festivals of the summer.
Roger Abbott (posthumous)
Comedian, writer, and a "Royal Canadian Air Farce" founding member, Abbott is known for his spot-on parodies of Jean Chretien, The Queen Mother, Yasser Arafat, and Leonard Cohen, among others. He was the winner of a Gemini Humanitarian award, 15 ACTRA awards, and a Juno. He passed away this year at the age of 64 after a 14-year battle with leukemia.
Header Image – "Royal Canadian Air Farce" cast, founding member Roger Abbott on the right with the light purple shirt.