Exec/Industry Moves


EXCLUSIVE: Wapanatahk Media launches in partnership with GPM

The B.C.-based prodco is founded and co-owned by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, with its first production set to roll in the spring.


Netflix to make a ‘new home’ in Canada

In a blog post, Ted Sarandos said the streamer wants to open an office and hire a dedicated content executive “to work directly with the Canadian creative community.”

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Jennifer Holness wins Indiescreen Established Producer prize

Nemesis Films’ Dominique Dussault (pictured right) also walked away with the Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award.


Entertainment One reducing film, TV teams by 10%

The layoffs were revealed by an internal memo from Steve Bertram, president, film and television, and impact teams in “several territories.”


Mara Gourd-Mercado to lead Canadian Academy’s Quebec office

The former RIDM executive director will step into the role previously held by Patrice Lachance on Feb. 22.


Senior staff laid off as Bell Media consolidates in-house prodcos

Playback has learned EPI director of production Kelly McKeown and distribution division head Tony Leadman are departing.


Bell Media consolidates in-house prodcos amid layoffs

Discovery Canada in-house unit Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) has consolidated with Bell Media Studios, according to a letter obtained by Playback.

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CBC lifts lid on new scripted content leadership team

Banger Films’ Jennifer Shin and the NFB’s Lea Marin have been tapped as the pubcaster’s director of development, comedy and drama, respectively.


Alibi Entertainment promotes two development VPs

Aaron Champion and Heidi Schorn will lead the development teams for Alibi’s scripted and unscripted divisions, respectively.

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Shaftesbury taps Deborah Nathan as senior director of creative

The former CBC executive in charge of production reports to VP, creative affairs Julie Lacey.


Third round of job cuts hit Bell Media

Updated: Playback has learned that Tom Hastings, director, original programming, drama, and Robin Johnston, director, original programming, factual and reality, have departed the company.

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Blue Ant ups Julie Chang to EVP, international coproductions

The former VP has also joined the company’s corporate management team.