Exec/Industry Moves

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In brief: Wattpad expands partnership with NL Film

Plus: PSP unveils Will Pascoe (pictured) as showrunner-in-residence for its 2021 Scripted Series Lab and UBCP/ACTRA recognizes Catherine Lough Haggquist and Alvin Sanders with lifetime achievement awards.

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Blue Ant promotes Craig Junner to lead Canadian media strategy

Junner will oversee content and programming for Blue Ant’s linear channels, while Sarah Etherden is tapped as VP, global communications.

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Ashleigh Rains upped to CFF festival director

The annual Toronto-based festival supporting Canadian indie films and talent has also welcomed new faces into its programming team and launched a mentorship program.

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Thruline Entertainment expands its Canadian scope

The U.S. management firm and production company has opened a Canadian office in Montreal, led by manager and partner Marc Hamou.

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Relish Interactive opens Vancouver Island office

Led by CEO Paul Pattison (pictured) and CCO Russ Uttley, the location serves as the headquarters for the company’s animation division.

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In brief: Guru Studio hires Lauren Leinburd for business affairs role

Plus: The CRTC sets a date for CBC’s licence renewal hearing, The Umbrella Academy plots its return to Toronto in 2021 and WFF names its Women in Focus Mentorship participants.

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In brief: Film, TV suppliers expand inventory with new acquisitions

William F. White and Starline Group acquire new companies, while Women in the Director’s Chair unveils its CAM St. John’s recipients.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lark Productions hires Nicole Mendes as VP, scripted development

The former CBC exec is making the move to indie production as she oversees the Vancouver prodco’s development strategy and growing slate of projects.

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Spin Master grows gaming efforts with Rubik’s Cube

The Toronto-based toymaker and entertainment company is jumping on the retro toy train, in a US$50-million deal for the popular ’80s STEM puzzle.

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BANFF Spark launches COVID recovery intensive

Through the government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the accelerator will offer its 100 recipients additional programming, training and resources to address business challenges associated with the pandemic.

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Gave Lindo to lead TikTok’s Canadian content strategy

The former CBC exec will lead the social media platform’s strategy and operations in Canada, and pilot a team dedicated to increasing its Canadian user base and engagement.

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In brief: Cronenberg’s Possessor Uncut picks up prizes

The feature walked away with two honours from the Sitges Festival, while the fourth iteration of the Five in Focus focuses on Indigenous talent and NSI promotes Ursula Lawson.