Muse Entertainment expands with former Bell Media exec hire

Veteran drama executive Tom Hastings boards the Montreal-based prodco in a newly created position of vice president of scripted.

Tom Hastings has joined Montreal-headquartered Muse Entertainment Enterprises in a newly created position of vice president of scripted.

The former Bell Media director of drama begins his new role on Friday (Oct. 1), based in Toronto, but will be tasked to work closely with Muse’s development teams in Montreal and Los Angeles. He will report to the whole  management team, but will work very closely with Jesse Prupas, SVP development and distribution.

“Tom has developed so many award-winning and critically acclaimed television series… that he will no doubt attract the most exceptional projects and creators to be nurtured at Muse Entertainment,” said Prupas, in a statement. “We are proud and delighted to welcome him.”

Hastings has an extensive rolodex with the independent production and literary communities.

Previously, he spent eight years as the executive in charge of drama at Bell Media, but departed after an executive purge earlier this year. He was formerly CBC’s head of drama until restructuring in 2012 saw the pubcaster merge the comedy and drama departments to manage budget cuts. Hastings also worked as a production executive at Alliance Atlantis.

Hastings’ most recent production is Transplant, winner of the Best Drama Series at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards and the No. 1 new drama series in Canada. It is also broadcast on NBC.

“It’s a privilege to work within the Canadian creative community so I am thrilled to be joining the Muse Entertainment team and to continue collaborating with our country’s many brilliant emerging and established writers,” said Hastings in a statement.

Must Entertainment is an Emmy winning producer founded by Michael Prupas, which has produced original scripted programming for Canadian and international broadcasters and streamers including CBC, CTV, TMN, Hallmark, Syfy, Lifetime, Disney+ and Netflix. It has co-produced content with partners from around the globe including Australia, France and Germany.