People/Companies

Jennifer Twiner McCarron

Jennifer Twiner McCarron named Thunderbird CEO

She remains CEO of Thunderbird’s growing animation division, Atomic Cartoons.

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Mr. Wolf opens Vancouver VFX studio

Chad Cortvriendt will head up the B.C. operation as executive producer, and is currently leading a team creating effects for Syfy series Channel Zero.

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Playback’s 2018 Hall of Fame: Valerie Creighton

An outspoken proponent of Cancon, the CMF president and CEO has devoted her career to growing the biz.

Bruce Hills

Bruce Hills named JFL president

The longtime festival COO takes over as the Montreal-based company comes under new ownership.

Wang Xiaodong, CCO of iQIYI

From anime to Air Bud: what connects in China

As Canada-China relations strengthen, Wang Xiaohui, iQIYI’s chief content officer, breaks down what genres resonate with local audiences.

Mariam Zaidi

Breakthroughs Film Fest adds Mariam Zaidi as exec director

Zaidi, an associate programmer at Hot Docs, will replace Gabor Pertic in the role.

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Banff ’18: Kevin MacLellan on Hayu’s Canadian launch

NBCU’s chairman of global distribution and international discusses the SVOD’s rollout, working with local broadcasters and competing globally.

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Bristow Global Media ups Daniel Bourre

As the prodco looks to expand its kids content slate, its appointed the former TVO producer as EP, Kids.

Natalie Urquhart

Amaze hires new director of development

Natalie Urquhart (pictured) will oversee the Toronto prodco’s Canadian development slate.

Netflix

Banff ’18: Netflix partners on Diversity of Voices initiative

The global streamer has signed a five-year commitment as title partner of the program, which supports underrepresented creative producers.

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Deals: Syndicado, CCI Entertainment, Love Nature

Toronto-based Syndicado takes the U.S. digital distribution rights to over 100 hours of factual content, including paranormal series Most Haunted, plus more.

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NBC Entertainment’s formidable franchise strategy

Paul Telegdy, president of the alternative and reality group, on developing TV brands that engage robust audiences for decades.