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As traditional PR shifts, two veterans pivot their biz model

Longtime independent PR professionals Cynthia Amsden and Julie Giles are teaming up to better tackle a changing media and marketing landscape.

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Newly restructured Ottawa Film Office adds board of directors

Looking to establish itself as a production hub in Ontario, the organization has added 12 new members.

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Playback’s 2017 Hall of Fame: Salah Bachir

The Cineplex Media president and fundraising king has been advocating for LGBTQ2 rights and the film industry for nearly three decades.

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DHX Media weighs sale

Following a disappointing fiscal 2017 report that saw the company’s share price drop, the DHX board is weighing its options.

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ChizComm launches new prodco kidsistr

Led by execs Harold Chizick, Harvey Glazer and Donna MacNeil, the consumer marketing-focused company will work with top global toy brands.

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In Brief: CFC adds four to board

Plus: WIFT-T introduces a new mentorship program for members and OUTtvGO launches on Apple TV.

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Rob Heydon Productions adds VP of development

Duane Murray will work on upcoming feature projects including The Wanting 2, The Babe and The Devil Knows Your Name.

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Joan Lambur exits Breakthrough, launches new prodco

Toronto-based Lambur Productions aims to be a new major player in children’s and family programming, with prodco Sinking Ship on board as an investor.

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Mercury Filmworks promotes key execs

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

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Wow Unlimited names new EVP, CFO

John Vandervelde joins the corporation, taking over for interim CFO Christine Read.

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Bell Media shuffles senior leadership team

With the departure of Stuart Garvie, the media co has promoted several to take on new programming and media sales roles.

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Blue Ant launches global networks division

Former Discovery and Fox exec Ward Platt joins the Toronto company to head up the new department.