People/Companies

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Rachel Rusen Margolis stays on as MFM CEO and commissioner

Rusen Margolis takes the role permanently after serving as acting Manitoba Film & Music CEO and commissioner since June, following Carole Vivier’s retirement.

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In brief: ‘The Body Remembers,’ The Twentieth Century nab prizes

Plus, Blue Ant International unveils new agreements with Japan’s NHK and Fox Networks Group Japan.

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In brief: Eagle Vision project up for Shorty Award prizes

Plus: Whistler unveils its Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship and Power Pitch finalists, while Rogers makes a request to the CRTC to bring a new channel to Canada.

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End of an era as Michael Donovan resigns from WildBrain board

Donovan will not be involved in the management or governance of the company for the first time since it was formed in 2006.

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Liza Sardi named editor, content director of Playback and BANFF

Sardi, who has held senior editorial roles at the National Post and Globe and Mail, will head up Playback‘s publications and develop the content program for BANFF.

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Eli Shibley to lead Letterkenny format sales

New Metric Media and WildBrain have sold the format in Germany and will work with Shibley to sell the format rights globally in regions such as Russia and the Nordics.

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Vortex Words + Pictures hires Tanya Kelen for global sales role

Kelen will join Vortex and distributor A71 at MIPCOM to unveil their upcoming film slate, including Between Waves and a number of holiday titles.

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DCTV teams with Davis Films for House of Night adaptation

The duo will jointly develop and produce a live-action TV series based on the young adult franchise from authors P. C. and Kristin Cast.

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Mellany Masterson takes the reins of Nelvana Enterprises

Masterson has been promoted to the role previously held by Pam Westman, who was named president of Nelvana following Scott Dyers’ retirement.

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D360 preps for MIPCOM with 13 new titles

The company has added a raft of kids and lifestyle series from Montreal’s Zone3 as part of a larger push into French-language content.

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Ivan Fecan transitions to a new role within Thunderbird

The veteran TV exec (pictured) is standing down as executive chair of the board to focus on producing, with Brian Paes-Braga stepping into the position.

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Scott Garvie re-elected for fourth term as CMPA chair

The Shaftesbury SVP, who has served as chair since 2016, will continue to lead for the 2019-21 term, with six new directors elected to the board.