Mercury Filmworks promotes key execs

Chantal Ling has been upped to VP, original series and coproductions, while Jefferson Allen is now VP studio operations.
Chantal Ling

Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks has expanded its management team and promoted several key executives, including supervising producer Chantal Ling (pictured), who has been upped to VP, original series and coproductions.

With more than 10 projects in various stages of production and development, including two series for Amazon Studios and four series for Disney Television Animation, CEO Clint Eland said the company’s growth was necessitated by the number of projects on its slate.

The company expanded its operations earlier this year, joining forces with Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon to launch Kilkenny, Ireland-based Lighthouse Studios, a 2D-focused animation studio.

Ling, who joined Mercury in 2012 from a post as EVP of Amberwood Entertainment, will oversee the development, financing, and production of series and copros, and support the management team at Lighthouse Studios. She’ll work with Mercury’s head of development Travis Williams, chief creative officer Jerry Popowich and Eland, to whom she’ll report. Meanwhile, Mercury’s head of studio Jefferson Allen, has been upped to VP of studio operations. Allen, who oversees Mercury’s Ottawa studio production pipeline, will now have oversight of all general production and studio operations.

Current VPs Sandra Green and Nicole St. Pierre have been promoted to SVP, finance and SVP, business and legal, respectively. Both will oversee the legal, business and finance operations of the company, as well as supporting operations for Lighthouse Studios.

Mercury has also added a new member to its team. Tara Pollock joins as studio manager, reporting to Jefferson Allen. She’ll be charged with managing artist recruitment and employee training and development, among other duties.