Exec/Industry Moves

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Spin Master taps Disney alum for franchise growth

Following a “challenging” Q1, Heather Oster has joined the company as its VP of global franchise development after stints at Universal Pictures and Pixar.

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Lighthouse Pictures taps Trevor McWhinney as VP of production

The veteran producer known for reality series Gotta Grudge? will oversee production on all film and TV projects from the prodco.

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Producers pledge to address systemic racism

A newly formed coalition aims to give financial support and implement concrete actions to address systemic racism in Canadian media.

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NB lawyer, veteran journalist named CRTC commissioners

Newly appointed commissioners Ellen C. Desmond and Nirmala Naidoo will take over from outgoing members Christopher MacDonald and Linda Vennard.

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CBC says it will make hiring, retention policies more inclusive

The pubcaster says that by 2021/22 half of all hires for exec and senior management positions will be Indigenous people, visible minorities or people with disabilities.

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In brief: Six Cineplex theatres confirmed to reopen

The chain will reopen six locations in Alberta this Friday, while Wattpad unveils a new partnership and Raven Banner Entertainment is attached to a new V/H/S film.

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Shaftesbury Tech debuts Bubble Bloom

The free tablet app for kids aged six to 15 is the first of six positive distraction games the prodco’s technology division plans to release.

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In brief: CMF, SODEC partner on new fund

The predevelopment fund is aimed at French-language TV series adapted from Quebec literary works, plus imagineNATIVE’s 21st festival goes online.

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Robyn and Danny Friedman set up Compass Artist Management

Co-founded by the siblings alongside Jane Cai, the new Toronto-based company’s clients include Shay Mitchell and Kevin Hanchard.

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Melissa Williamson joins Saloon Media as SVP, scripted content

The former Pier 21 Films president will be tasked with leading Saloon’s entry to the scripted market.

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Carolyn Combs exits as executive director of WIFTV

Combs will step down from the position in August after eight years at the helm, but will continue to be an organization member as she relocates to Toronto.

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Colette Watson to depart Rogers Sports & Media

Julie Adam will expand her role to include broadcast, filling the gap left by Watson.