Exec/Industry Moves

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Vortex Words + Pictures adds Gaumont exec to team

Based in Australia, Ben Bishop has joined the company in the newly created post of president, international distribution.

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WFF hires Shelly Quade as talent programs manager

Based in Halifax, the former manager of programs and development and TELUS partner liaison at the NSI oversees the organization’s 11 talent programs.

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imagineNATIVE ups Naomi Johnson to executive director

The leadership change comes as executive director Jason Ryle leaves to pursue new opportunities.

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Media Ranch expands footprint with consultant hires

The producer-distributor has also acquired two unscripted formats from Ireland and optioned two factual formats.

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Brightlight taps Emily Alden as head of development

The former PNP exec will oversee the Vancouver prodco’s film and TV development slate for domestic and international markets.

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Spin Master taps digital studios EVP

In the newly created role, Fredrik Loving (pictured) will have oversight of the company’s studio in L.A. for games, apps and connected play experiences.

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Intuitive Pictures’ Ina Fichman elected as DOC board chair

The former Don Haig Award winner steps into Nadine Pequeneza’s shoes.

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French-language content teams reorganize as Bell closes V deal

Effective immediately, Suzane Landry, Bell Media VP, French-language content development and programming, has made three new appointments.

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In brief: CFF, Super Channel unveil 2020 industry series

Plus, NSI names Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator participants, Band Ladies rock out with Highball.TV and more.

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Love Nature swings into the U.S. on XUMO

The brand marks the AVOD’s first-ever dedicated wildlife and nature-based channel.

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Fae Pictures ups its development capacity with two exec hires

Founder Shant Joshi explains how the company is able to expand during uncertain times and how Canada’s COVID-19 response may ‘redefine service production.’

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Spin Master VP Linda Stregger named WIFT-T board chair

Executives from the CFC and Sinking Ship Entertainment were among the newly elected members on the organization’s 2020/21 board of directors.