Exec/Industry Moves

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WIFTV names Grace Chin interim managing director

The former festival director of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival takes over from Carolyn Combs, who departed the organization after eight years.

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Exclusive: Angela Heck upped to managing director at Whistler fest

Effective immediately, the director of industry programming has been appointed to the newly created role.

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Thunderbird to boost content pipeline with Atomic promotion

Joel Bradley will lead Atomic’s studios in Vancouver, L.A. and Ottawa, while Thunderbird promotes Colin Beadle to VP, human resources.

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Michelle Abbott named CFO at Boat Rocker

The appointment comes 15 months after Abbott assumed the post on an interim basis following the departure of Shannon Valliant.

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Darryl Kyte joins ACTRA National as senior legal counsel

Effective immediately, the former Street Cents host and producer reports to national executive director and chief negotiator Marie Kelly.

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BCE revenue plummets; media hit hardest, down 31%

Ad revenue for media was down across the board, from TV and radio to digital and OOH.

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In brief: CBC unveils dates for Canada/U.K. copro Enslaved

The docuseries led by Samuel L. Jackson is set to debut on the pubcaster this October, plus TLN welcomes a new member to its team.

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CMF, CFC, Canada Council team with U.K. institutions on immersive content program

Offering a total coproduction fund of $510,000, the program is the first exchange initiative dedicated to immersive storytelling between the two countries.

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In brief: Sinking Ship adds distribution manager

The Future of Film Showcase moves online with CBC Gem, while the Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival recognizes Shirley Douglas, plus more.

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Exclusive: A71 Releasing adds Rob Harrison as EVP

In addition to the newly created role, the independent distribution and production company has promoted Laura Dinato and Kylie Bechberger.

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Talent House launches boutique agency for drag queens

Founded by Daniel Birnbaum, the drag performance agency represents Canadian drag queens, including stars from Canada’s Drag Race and CBC’s Queens.

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Live sports cancellations sink Rogers’ media revenues by 50%

The division saw the biggest drop across all of Rogers’ segments and follows the company’s recent rebrand to reflect the powerful role sports play within its ecosystem.