DGC topper Anthony steps down

Directors Guild of Canada topper Brian Anthony is stepping down next spring after three years leading the filmmakers association.
Brian Anthony

Directors Guild of Canada topper Brian Anthony is stepping down next spring after three years leading the filmmakers association.

“This was not an easy decision, but I want to have more time to spend with my wife and family. After much reflection, I came to the conclusion that this was the right decision at the right time,” Anthony said in a statement.

A new DGC national executive director and CEO will be sought ahead of Anthony’s planned departure on March 1, 2011.

Anthony joined the DGC in November 2007 after stints in the federal civil service and as executive director of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation and executive director for the Heritage Canada Foundation.

Among the files Anthony led as head of the DGC were contesting the Bill C-10 film censorship bill before the Canadian Senate, and lobbying for new film, TV and new media incentives.

“I was very sorry to learn of this development, for Brian and I have enjoyed a very productive working relationship during his tenure and have accomplished a lot together,” DGC president Sturla Gunnarson said, paying tribute to Anthony on news of his retirement.