Exec/Industry Moves

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Pacific Screenwriting Program appoints its first executive director

The PSP has also appointed three new board members as the non-profit aims to become “a key local industry stakeholder championing screenwriters” in B.C.

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Rogers Sports & Media president Jordan Banks leaving the company

Colette Watson, who previously worked with Rogers Sports & Media for 30 years, will replace Banks as president.

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Cineworld moves forward with appeal of Cineplex damages suit

The U.K. chain is appealing a decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to award Cineplex $1.24 billion in damages from the terminated acquisition.

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In brief: Jump, Darling leaps to the U.S.

Plus, Canadian Geographic launches a film grant for emerging documentary filmmakers, Levy joins Thunderbird board and Dune, Nightmare Alley rack up more award nominations.

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Sphere Media acquires animation boutique Sardine Productions

The acquisition of the Chop Chop Ninja studio bolsters Sphere Media’s animation division, which includes Quebec 2D studio Oasis Animation.

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Salah Bachir leaves Cineplex Media

The longtime leader of the theatre chain’s media arm is focusing on other endeavours.

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Rogers locks down Staffieri as its permanent CEO

The former CFO has been serving as interim Rogers CEO amid the company’s proposed Shaw acquisition.

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Marie Pier Germain named Canada Council for the Arts vice-chairperson

Germain will work with chairperson Jesse Wente in a four-year term, succeeding former vice-chairperson Nathalie Bondil.

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Ira Levy launches new Toronto-based production banner

The Breakthrough Entertainment co-founder and veteran producer will develop and produce both scripted and unscripted titles under Spike & Sadie Media.

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Go Button Media announces four key promotions

Robin Webster, Sarah Hewitt, Stephanie Baird and Rebecca Costa are being bumped up as Go Button Media plans to double its production slate this year.

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Hasbro appoints Chris Cocks as CEO

Cocks, who is currently serving as president and COO of the toyco’s Wizards of the Coast division, will take over from interim CEO Rich Stoddart on February 25.

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In Brief: Mehta’s Funny Boy feted at festival

Plus: Midsomer Murders FAST channel launches in Canada, and Jennifer McGuire named CCO at Pink Triangle Press.