People/Companies

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Blue Ant Media builds out North American production team

The Toronto-based company has made a number of appointments, including adding Laura Michalchyshyn as an original programming consultant.

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Deals: CBC, Gusto Worldwide, eOne

CBC inks deals for Barry Avrich’s The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, Finding The Secret Path and Jessica Jessica, Gusto sells three originals, plus more.

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BCE names Mirko Bibic COO

In his new position, the exec will lead Bell’s customer-facing business units, while Wade Oosterman will take on the role of vice-chair for BCE and Bell Canada.

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Our House Media invests in new prodco 4East Media

The recently formed unscripted prodco is led by Sharone Ostrovsky, Peter Esteves, Liz West and Sonya Roberts.

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Home Invasion Studios breaks into T.O.

The Toronto prodco was founded by comedians David Merry, Tim Steeves and George Westerholm.

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CBC/Radio-Canada sets three-year inclusion plan

The pubcaster hit its Strategy 2020 goal of 2.1% Indigenous representation in its workforce, and noted that 48.9% of its employees are women.

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Virginia Rankin upped to SVP at Sphere Media Plus

The Montreal-headquartered prodco has also promoted development head Tara Woodbury, as it looks to strengthen its presence in English-language markets.

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George Cheeks, Paul Telegdy to replace Bob Greenblatt at NBC Entertainment

Greenblatt will aid in the transition and continue to work with NBC Entertainment on its live musical specials.

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Comcast beats out Fox in $40 billion bid for Sky

Sky has issued a unanimous recommendation of the offer to its shareholders, urging them to accept the deal “immediately.”

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CMF exec Maurice Boucher dies at age 52

A veteran communications and marketing professional, Boucher joined the CMF from Tele-Quebec in 2012.

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Distributor profile: Red Arrow Studios International

Shirley Bowers, the company’s VP of sales and acquisitions for North America, discusses boarding Blood Horn with DCTV and opportunities in the Canadian market.

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In brief: Eugenio Perez boards Brain Power’s Beatrix and Peter

Plus: ACTRA Toronto honours Frankie Drake and Tonya Williams with Sandi Ross Awards and Nomadic-produced comedy The Detour rolls in Vancouver.