Exec/Industry Moves

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WildBrain taps former Spin Master exec to lead animation development

Lorna Withrington has been appointed to the new role of VP, development – animation, based in Toronto, to build out the company’s animation slate.

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Pixcom appoints Jennifer Gatien as head of factual television and producer

The former WAM Media GRP head of production previously worked on Pixcom shows such as Restoration Garage and Dangerous Flights.

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Charles Tremayne partners with Cineflix Media to launch First Story Productions

The New York-based prodco will develop and produce content based on true events, both for unscripted and scripted.

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Boat Rocker Studios expands its scripted team

The Boat Rocker Media division has added Joe Lazarov (pictured) as SVP, head of current and Denise Pleune as SVP, head of post-production.

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In brief: Canadian talent earn award recognition home, abroad

Canadian cinematographers, music supervisors and more see gold, while Blue Ant Media’s FAST expansion continues.

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TVA Group CEO France Lauziere temporarily steps back

Lauziere, who also serves as chief content officer of Quebecor Content, will be away for up to six months due to family reasons.

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Projects from Tasha Hubbard, Oya Media Group among Hot Docs Deal Maker selections

Two Intuitive Pictures projects were also tapped alongside In the Wake from Lantern Films and Experimental Forest Films.

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CMF-led campaign encourages audiences to ‘Seek More’ representation

Ambassadors include Shamier Anderson (Stowaway), Kawennahere Devery Jacobs (Reservation Dogs), Simu Liu (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and more.

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Screenwriting champion Margaret Collier dies

The first executive director of the Writers Guild of Canada leaves behind a legacy of celebrating and supporting the domestic screenwriting community.

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Former Shaftesbury, eOne execs join Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

The Vancouver-based multimedia company launched by Catherine Winder has hired Jay Bennett and Romney Grant to round out its executive team.

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Canadian Academy, Shaw Rocket Fund introduce new prize

The Shaw Rocket Fund Kids’ Choice Award sees Canadian kids and their parents vote for their favourite Canadian kids television program.

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ACTRA National’s diversity director departs

Olivia Nuamah has left the newly created post of director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging less than six months after joining the union.