People/Companies

Ivan Fecan

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.

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Comscore’s SEC settlement brings up issue of transparency in media

The company has settled charges and says it’s ready to move on, but Canadian media buyers say this speaks to a bigger issue of trust in measurement institutions.

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Deals: Atomic Cartoons, Raven Banner, 9 Story

Atomic Cartoons has inked a deal with Cyber Group Studios and Outright Games to make a video game based on its Netflix series, The Last Kids on Earth, plus more.

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In Brief: The CMF teams up with Parrot Analytics

Plus, William F. White International Inc. unveils its inaugural Jay Switzer Comweb/William F. White Int’l Indigenous Creator Scholarship recipients.

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Deals: Markham Street Films, Intuitive Pictures, Guru Studio

Markham Street Films and Intuitive Pictures strike option deals, while Guru Studio inks new broadcast deals for True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

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Boat Rocker acquires Platform One Media

Katie O’Connell Marsh, who has been promoted to founder and chairman of Platform One via the deal, will also take on a senior role at Boat Rocker.

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Liz Shorten upped to COO at CMPA

In the newly created role, Shorten will lead staff and oversee operations across the producers association’s three offices.

Run This Town

Sony Pictures Worldwide nabs Run This Town

Twitter will also support the drama written and directed by Ricky Tollman with a “unique series of integrated promotions” ahead of its early 2020 release.

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TIFF news: CFC receives $350K grant from the Ontario gov’t

Plus, the team behind Worst Team Ever wins Pitch This, while Jeff Barnaby and Aisling Chin-Yee are among this year’s Discovery Award nominees.

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Justin Stockman to lead brand partnerships at Bell Media

The former VP of premium SVOD and OTT takes the role VP of brand partnerships and client strategy following the departure of Alyson Walker.

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In Brief: VIFF taps Egoyan’s Guest of Honour as 2019 Opening Gala

Plus, the Ontario Arts Council’s board of directors names its new CEO and Hot Docs reveals this year’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund recipients.