Media advisory - AMI appoints Vice-President of programming and production for new French language described video channel

Philippe Lapointe, Vice-President of Programming and Production, AMI Français (CNW Group/Accessible Media Inc. (AMI))

TORONTO, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the appointment of Philippe Lapointe as Vice-President, Programming and Production for AMI's French channel, AMI Français. Lapointe will be based out of Montreal and will report directly to AMI President and CEO, David Errington.

Lapointe has an extensive background in the broadcast industry, having spent numerous years leading news and programming departments at SRC (CBC) and TVA Group respectively.  He later transitioned to production as President of Pixcom Productions and most recently served as Senior Vice-President, Multiplatform Development at Montreal-based TC Media. In addition, Lapointe has served on numerous boards including the Canadian Television Fund and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

"AMI is thrilled to have Philippe lead the launch and development of our French channel," says AMI President and CEO, David Errington. "We are fortunate to have someone so entrenched within the broadcast community. His countless years of programming experience will certainly be an asset to AMI in developing our French counterpart."

In addition to launching the channel, Lapointe's key responsibilities will include acquiring and developing programming for AMI Français and representing the organization in Quebec. In addition, he will be instrumental in spearheading and building relationships with local blind and low vision community groups and organizations.

"I'm very excited to join the AMI family," explains Lapointe. "It is an honour to have been selected to launch AMI Français, a long awaited and much needed service for French speaking Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. I can't think of a more rewarding undertaking. I embrace the challenges that lie ahead as we prepare for our launch in early 2015."

AMI was awarded a French license on August 8, 2013 and the channel is scheduled to launch in January, 2015. AMI Français will be available as part of a basic digital package and will provide French Canadians who are blind or low vision with programming that is both entertaining and relevant to their community, complete with open described video and closed captioning.

Lapointe assumes his role with AMI effective immediately and is available for interviews. To arrange an interview with AMI's new Vice-President of Programming and Production for AMI Français, please contact Taylor Turner at taylor.turner@ami.ca.

For further information on AMI and its services, visit www.AMI.ca.

About Accessible Media Inc. 
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization operating two broadcast services: AMI-audio and AMI-tv, and a website (AMI.ca). A third broadcast service, AMI Français, will launch in early 2015. Serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted, AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. AMI-

SOURCE Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

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For further information:

Janis Davidson Pressick, Communications Manager
800-567-6755 ext. 0971, janis.davidsonpressick@ami.ca

Taylor Turner, Communications Coordinator
800-567-6755 ext. 0977, taylor.turner@ami.ca