Academy adds Don Carmody and Julie Bristow to boardroom

A reforming Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has added CBC topper Julie Bristow and veteran producer Don Carmody to its board of directors.

The latest boardroom installations come ahead of the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto after a cull of the former Genie and Gemini kudofests.

“The addition of a box office champion and game-changing television executive enhances our Academy board’s business strength and reach,” Academy chairman Martin Katz said in a statement.

Julie Bristow

Bristow, CBC executive director of studio and unscripted content, will oversee her network’s telecast of the revamped Canadian film and TV awards on March 3.

And Carmody will pitch in to help bring star-power to the Canadian Screen Awards, including its Fan Zone event on March 2.

“They’re headed in the right direction,” Carmody, a critic of the former Genies, tells Playback about a refreshed Academy.

The Canadian awards gig comes as Carmody preps for his upcoming Pompeii shoot by director Paul WS Anderson, to be followed by Robert Budreau’s Born to the Blue, about jazz great Chet Baker Jr.

Also in the works is his fantasy epic Mortal Instruments, the adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s YA fantasy novel, set for a fall 2013 shoot, and a likely go for Resident Evil 6 after producers see how Resident Evil 5 fares on release in China.