Bell Media drama production execs depart

Updated: Recent Bell Media production and programming exits have led to new executive appointments at CBC and Corus Entertainment.

The latest departures at Bell Media have led to an executive shuffle between Canada’s largest broadcasters, Playback has learned.

Original programming exec Michele McMahon and Gosia Kamela (pictured), original programming executive, drama series and feature film, have left Bell Media this month, according to multiple sources.

Kamela has moved to CBC, where she will begin next week (May 25) as executive in charge of current production, drama, a CBC spokesperson confirmed to Playback Daily. She will report to Sarah Adams, director of current production, drama.

The former producer spent nine years as a production executive at Bell Media, overseeing development and production on original series and features, including Orphan Black, Transplant, Beans, Blood Quantum and Night Raiders.

McMahon joined Bell Media in 2014 as a Vancouver-based development manager, and was eventually elevated to production executive for original programming. Her credits include Transplant, Cardinal and Motive

CBC has also confirmed the hire of Sarah Quan as executive in charge of development, comedy, reporting to Jennifer Shin, director of development, comedy. Quan previously served as creative executive at Anne with An E prodco Northwood Entertainment.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Corus Entertainment has confirmed that Peter Hill, who departed as Bell Media’s director of acquisitions and program strategy in March, has joined the broadcaster as director of programming, Global and drama. 

Unlike the layoffs announced earlier this year, Playback understands Kamela, McMahon and Hill all left of their own accord.

The departure of Kamela and McMahon has left Bell Media without any English-language scripted drama production executives, according to multiple sources. Bell Media has not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

The executive exodus at Bell Media began in January after a series of layoffs saw the departure of long-time programming executives, including Mike Cosentino and Corrie Coe. Additional rounds of layoffs saw the exits of Discovery Canada general manager Edwina Follows, Tom Hastings, director, original programming, drama and Robin Johnston, director, original programming, factual and reality.