Exec/Industry Moves

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Cinespace hires Magali Simard for industry relations role

Simard joins Cinespace as director of industry and community relations following her departure from the City of Toronto’s film office.

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Scott McGillivray’s MEM taps Nanci MacLean as COO

The former Bell Media and MBSE exec will aid the Canada’s Got Talent prodco in its expansion as its first chief operating officer.

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Amazon Studios hires Beth Iley as senior scripted development exec

The former director of development for New Metric Media will work with the Canadian originals team to source and develop scripts for Prime Video.

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Telefilm to create Authentic Storytelling subcommittee

The funder has also shared a public statement to “oppose the harmful comment that was made during Canadian Screen Week.”

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Christa Dickenson to depart Telefilm after four years

The Telefilm board of directors will begin a search for the next CEO and executive director ahead of Dickenson’s departure on Sept. 9.

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Blue Ant Studios strikes first-look deal with Emmy winner Lisa Cortes

The Blue Ant Media production arm is already in collaboration with Cortes and her banner Cortes Filmworks on scripted and unscripted projects.

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In brief: Boat Rocker co-developing series based on Erik McCurdy comic

Plus: Cedar Island Films options A Good War, WGC Screenwriting Awards names special honours recipients, Prends ça court! sets new Denis Villeneuve prize, and more.

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TIFF boosts senior team, including Canadian Academy CEO Beth Janson as COO

The Toronto International Film Festival organization has also appointed Anita Lee of the NFB as chief programming officer and Laura Ryan as chief of staff.

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Sphere to open third location in Ottawa

The Montreal-based company plans to hire more than 100 staff for the new Ottawa office to take advantage of the local talent base.

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Playback Hall of Fame inductee Susanne Boyce: Bringing Canada to the World

Whether building broadcast networks or creating legendary franchises, for Boyce it was always about the audience.

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Leveraging in-person markets in the era of video conferencing

Executives from Nelvana and Cineflix Rights discuss how business strategies have shifted at markets such as MIPTV.

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Sphere acquires distributor MK2 | Mile End

The Montreal-based distributor will be folded into the Sphere brand with Charles Tremblay appointed as president of Sphere Films.