Exec/Industry Moves

Peppa Pig Audio

In brief: Bron invests in U.K.’s Turbine Studios

Plus, Hasbro unveils Peppa Pig audio stories, the Youth Media Alliance’s new board members and the winners from the 2020 UBCP/ACTRA Awards.

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U.K.-Canada Immersive Exchange participants unveiled

Chosen from nearly 500 applications, the talent development and coproduction program consists of 12 participants from Canada and 12 recipients from the U.K.

Will Pascoe

In brief: Wattpad expands partnership with NL Film

Plus: PSP unveils Will Pascoe (pictured) as showrunner-in-residence for its 2021 Scripted Series Lab and UBCP/ACTRA recognizes Catherine Lough Haggquist and Alvin Sanders with lifetime achievement awards.

Craig Junner

Blue Ant promotes Craig Junner to lead Canadian media strategy

Junner will oversee content and programming for Blue Ant’s linear channels, while Sarah Etherden is tapped as VP, global communications.

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Ashleigh Rains upped to CFF festival director

The annual Toronto-based festival supporting Canadian indie films and talent has also welcomed new faces into its programming team and launched a mentorship program.


Thruline Entertainment expands its Canadian scope

The U.S. management firm and production company has opened a Canadian office in Montreal, led by manager and partner Marc Hamou.

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Relish Interactive opens Vancouver Island office

Led by CEO Paul Pattison (pictured) and CCO Russ Uttley, the location serves as the headquarters for the company’s animation division.

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In brief: Guru Studio hires Lauren Leinburd for business affairs role

Plus: The CRTC sets a date for CBC’s licence renewal hearing, The Umbrella Academy plots its return to Toronto in 2021 and WFF names its Women in Focus Mentorship participants.

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In brief: Film, TV suppliers expand inventory with new acquisitions

William F. White and Starline Group acquire new companies, while Women in the Director’s Chair unveils its CAM St. John’s recipients.


EXCLUSIVE: Lark Productions hires Nicole Mendes as VP, scripted development

The former CBC exec is making the move to indie production as she oversees the Vancouver prodco’s development strategy and growing slate of projects.


Spin Master grows gaming efforts with Rubik’s Cube

The Toronto-based toymaker and entertainment company is jumping on the retro toy train, in a US$50-million deal for the popular ’80s STEM puzzle.

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BANFF Spark launches COVID recovery intensive

Through the government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, the accelerator will offer its 100 recipients additional programming, training and resources to address business challenges associated with the pandemic.