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CCF hires trio of unscripted vets

Vibika Bianchi, Maria Farano and Heather Findlay have joined as executive producers as Content Catalyst Fund reveals its development slate, including a comedy docuseries developed with Carolyn Taylor and Zack Russell.

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Big Bad Boo hires Nikki Whaites as VP, international development

Based in Toronto, Whaites will help the company build on its existing education program work with organizations such as UNICEF.

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WarnerMedia Access Canada adds to its team

Former Creative BC business analyst Erika Kumar has joined as program manager, while Luisa Alvarez Restrepo is the organization’s associate project manager.

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Mainframe ups Kim Dent Wilder to EVP

In her newly created role, Dent Wilder will be responsible for growing the animation studio’s workforce to keep pace with its production volume.

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Netflix launches Women in Post with Canadian Academy through global fund

The program is supported through a US$5 million investment in women-targeted programs, with funding also going to two scripts developed through imagineNATIVE.

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Blue Ant Media sells majority of NHNZ stake to Dame Julie Christie

The Dunedin, New Zealand-based company has been rebranded to NHNZ Worldwide, with Christie (pictured) serving as CEO; Blue Ant now holds a minority stake and a seat on the board.

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Spin Master bolsters its entertainment team

Four key promotions will see the company focus on content development, production and franchise growth.

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Peacock Alley adds new development, production roles

The Toronto-based prodco has hired Diana Foley and Eli Campbell in newly created development roles for factual and scripted, respectively, and named a post-production director.

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Gusto names Carrie Gillis as VP and general manager

Gillis will oversee operations, sales and marketing in the newly created position, based out of Gusto’s Ottawa studio.

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Blue Ant Media teams with Bristow’s CCF for unscripted IP

The Toronto-based broadcaster, producer and distributor will work with the Content Catalyst Fund to bring women-created IP to the global market.

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Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie to depart in March

Hot Docs president Chris McDonald will temporarily take over Hendrie’s responsibilities while the board of directors searches for a new executive director.

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How REALLIFE Pictures brings diverse Canadian voices to the global market

The boutique literary agency and prodco has leveraged its industry experience to maximize opportunities for marginalized voices to sell their work.