Exec/Industry Moves


BANFF exec director Jenn Kuzmyk appointed Playback publisher

In the expanded role, Kuzmyk will oversee the Canadian industry publication as it grows its remit and launches new offerings.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.