Exec/Industry Moves

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Mercury Filmworks launches live-action prodco

Nicole St. Pierre and Holly Merritt will lead Sungate Films, which is in development on kids series Arrow Radio.

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William F. White sets up shop in Pickering with massive movie backlot

The production equipment studio and the City of Pickering have teamed for a nine-year lease on largest movie backlot in Canada, according to officials.

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Play Management expands to content development

The Vancouver-based talent agency has hired Andrew McCann Smith to lead Play Media, a new content creation arm of the company to develop original IP.

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ACTRA National hires Trevor Hampden as diversity director

Hampden takes over the position of director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging following the departure of Olivia Nuamah.

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Marianne Culbert named head of production at Oasis Animation

The former Portfolio Entertainment exec will oversee all production activities of the Sphere Media-owned animation studio following the departure of Diane Dallaire.

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Bell Media drama production execs depart

Updated: Recent Bell Media production and programming exits have led to new executive appointments at CBC and Corus Entertainment.

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Kyle Irving to receive Order of Manitoba

Irving is the second Eagle Vision partner to receive the provincial honour, following Lisa Meeches in 2017.

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McGillivray Entertainment Media hires producer Kelly Wray

Wray (pictured) joins the Scott McGillivray-fronted prodco as executive producer to oversee its lifestyle programming.

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Hybrid film fests here to stay: report

Whistler Film Festival’s preliminary findings from its study on the future of film festivals identifies loss of organic connections as a pain point, especially for emerging filmmakers.

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In brief: P.E.I. introduces a new production fund

The financial incentive aims to make the province a competitive location for productions, plus a former TFO exec joins CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution and B.C. production teams raise funds for conservation efforts.

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon names Brent Haynes head of scripted in Canada

The new role marks the first time Amazon Prime Video has appointed a domestic content executive based in Canada.

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Wattpad reveals significant growth ambitions post-acquisition

The Toronto-based multi-platform company plans to grow its workforce by 50%, including its content team, as the transaction comes to a close.