In Brief: Syfy’s Chris Regina exits

Plus: CFC names CBC Actors Conservatory residents and WIFT-T reveals the Meridian Artists mentorship recipient.

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Chris Regina, SVP of original co-productions at NBCU Entertainment Networks (Syfy, USA, Chiller) has left to pursue a new opportunity, a representative for NBCU has confirmed to Playback Daily. A replacement has yet to be named. Regina oversaw Canadian copros including Van Helsing, Dark Matter, Aftermath and Wynonna Earp, all of which aired on Syfy in the U.S. Regina previously served as SVP of program strategy at Syfy and Chiller. He joined NBCU in 1998.

2017 CBC Actors Conservatory residents named 
The Canadian Film Centre has named the 2017 residents of the CBC Actors Conservatory, which begins July 17. Eight participants have been accepted into the full-time, six-month program aimed at providing skills training and expanding actors’ portfolios. This year’s crop are: Getenesh Berhe (Kim’s Convenience), Tim Dowler-Coltman (Total Liquidation), Humberly Gonzalez (Saving Hope), Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Kaelen Ohm (Hell on Wheels), Thomas Oladjide (Inhuman Condition), Libby Osler (Supernatural) and Nabil Rajo (Remedy). Alumni of the program include Grey’s Anatomy star Giacomo Gianiotti (also a Playback 5 to Watch), Schitt’s Creek‘s Annie Murphy and Suck It Up‘s Grace Glowicki, among many others.

WIFT-T names Meridian Artists mentorship recipient
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) has named Ava Torres as the recipient of the 2017 WIFT-T Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship. Torres is the co-founder of Toronto-based prodco Canted Pictures and recently directed the 2016 short Through Rose Coloured Glasses. Through the mentorship, Torres will spend three weeks job-shadowing agents at Meridian Artists to learn how talent are represented and managed.