City of Toronto taps Marguerite Pigott as film commissioner

The CMPA's VP of outreach and strategic initiatives will assume the position of film commissioner and director of entertainment industries on April 8.

Marguerite-Pigott-cropMarguerite Pigott has been appointed as Toronto’s film commissioner and director of entertainment industries.

Pigott, who has been the CMPA’s VP of outreach and strategic initiatives since 2014, assumes the position on April 8. Prior to joining the CMPA, she was head of creative development at Super Channel. Pigott also serves as vice chair on the board of Ontario Creates.

She takes the role previously held by Zaib Shaikh, who was appointed general consul of Canada in L.A. on Oct. 2018. Pat Tobin has held the post on an interim basis since Nov. 2.

Pigott’s experience in broadcast, distribution and production were factors in her selection for the position, according to deputy mayor Michael Thompson.

“As a well-established and well-regarded executive in the Canadian film industry, her vast network of contacts and acute business acumen will serve her and us very well in this key leadership position,” said Toronto mayor John Tory in a statement. “I know that, under Marguerite’s leadership, Toronto will diversify and expand upon the ongoing success of our screen-based media industries.”

According to the City of Toronto, the film and television industry employs more than 30,000 professionals and generates $2 billion in production investment.