Maria Hale exits Corus

The veteran TV exec has served as SVP of Global Entertainment and content acquisition since 2016.

maria hale_ce-0084-1Corus Entertainment’s SVP of Global Entertainment and content acquisition Maria Hale has left the company, Playback Daily has confirmed.

Veteran TV exec Hale joined the company in 2011 as VP, television, head of programming and production. A year and a half later she was upped to VP of television, and head of digital and content distribution, and after that to VP, television  head of digital, content distribution and pay TV.

Most recently, following Corus’ acquisition of Shaw Media in early 2016, Hale was upped to SVP of Global Entertainment and content acquisition. Her final day was Friday, May 10.

With Hale’s departure, Corus’ SVP of TV networks Daniel Eves will see his remit expand to include oversight of content acquisition. VP of acquisitions Arthur Reinstein, who previously reported to Hale, will now report to Eves. Going forward, Corus said that Colin Bohm, EVP content and corporate strategy, Troy Reeb, EVP of broadcast networks, and Eves will jointly oversee all strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Corus, Hale was VP of content at Telus and before that was VP of content business development at CHUM.

Earlier in the year Corus revealed a change to its organizational structure that brought its TV, radio and digital platforms under the newly created “broadcast networks” umbrella. At the time, Reeb was tapped to lead the broadcast networks portfolio as EVP, with oversight of Corus’ 44 specialty TV services, 39 radio stations and 15 conventional television stations, in addition to its digital platforms.

Recent commissions for Global include medical drama Nurses (working title), produced by eOne and ICF Films in association with Piazza Entertainment, and Canada/U.K. copro Departure, produced by Shaftesbury and Greenpoint Productions.