Trish Williams joins CBC as exec director of scripted

The former Bell Media and Temple Street exec will oversee CBC's drama, comedy and film teams across linear and long-form streaming content.

Trish Williams (1)For the second time in the space of a week there is another big hiring announcement from the CBC.

And for the second time in row, it’s a Williams.

The pubcaster has appointed well-known scripted executive Trish Williams as its executive director of the category.

Williams, who has worked at Bell Media and Temple Street, will oversee CBC’s drama, comedy and film teams across linear and long-form streaming content, effective this week.. She’ll report to Sally Catto, general manager, programming.

In her most recent role, Williams was VP of scripted programming at Temple Street Productions. She joined the prodco in January 2016, overseeing its scripted slate and co-executive producing Killjoys, which is set to end after a five-season run. Prior to that, she was the director of drama at Bell Media, where she oversaw original series and movies on CTV, Space, Bravo, TMN/HBO Canada and MUCH.

Williams assumes the role previously held by Tara Ellis, who departed CBC in May 2017.

Williams’ appointment is among a number of high-profile arrivals and departures at the pubcaster over the past 12 months. Last April, Catherine Tait replaced outgoing president Hubert Lacroix. Last week, CBC revealed Barb Williams is joining as EVP in May. She replaces former EVP Heather Conway, who exited the company in December.