Corus Entertainment execs exit to launch Pivotal Media

Andrea Gabourie and Simon Watts have based their new production shingle at Pinewood Toronto Studios, with an eye to making factual, kids and scripted TV for the world market.

Corus Entertainment execs Andrea Gabourie and Simon Watts have left the broadcaster to form indie producer Pivotal Media.

Gabourie was director of live action productions for two years at Corus, while Watts was a senior line producer.

Together they are combining their past indie production expertise into a shingle at Pinewood Toronto Studios that will produce factual, kids and scripted TV for the world market.

Gabourie’s credits include Project Runway Canada from Insight Productions for Global Television and Slice, Project Runway All Star Challenge from Bunim Murray Productions for Lifetime U.S. and the lifestyle series How to Look Good Naked Canada for W Network.

Watts, who completed earlier executive stints at Portfolio Entertainment and Red Apple Entertainment, has among his credits Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That for Treehouse and PBS, and Opening Soon for Food Network Canada.

Pivotal Media has as its first gig the second season of the YTV series Zoink’d!, and is developing additional properties for other broadcasters.

The exit of Gabourie and Watts from Corus follows the promotion of Maria Hale to vice president of television, and head of digital and content distribution as the broadcaster combines its digital and interactive activities with its TV division.

And John MacDonald, who returns to Canada after serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president programming for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, is filling Hale’s old post of vice president of TV, head of production and programming.