TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Paul Gratton, Chair of The Academy of Canadian
Cinema and Television (ACCT) today announced the appointment of Sara Morton as
CEO. The search for a new CEO was undertaken in April 2007 following the
resignation of Maria Topolovich who had held the position for over 25 years.
"Ms. Morton is the ideal candidate for this position: she has worked with
broadcasters, is knowledgeable about regulatory matters, is an expert on tax
credits and financing structures, has worked with boards, lobbied with
stakeholders and managed staff," said Gratton. "In fact, our search committee
was unanimous in choosing Ms. Morton for this position and the Board of
Directors of the ACCT looks forward to working with her on the many vital
issues that challenge the Academy in the months and years ahead."
Ms. Morton has more than 15 years experience in both the public and
private sectors in the film and television industry. After completing degrees
in business and law she began her career as a media and entertainment lawyer
with a Bay Street law firm, and participated in the financing of numerous
Canadian film and television productions.
She left private practice to join the Ontario Film Development
Corporation where, as Director, Tax Credits, she oversaw the implementation of
Ontario's tax credits for film, television, computer animation and interactive
digital media in co-operation with Ontario's Ministry of Finance.
Subsequently, she was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer for
the OFDC and played a key role in achieving the expansion of the
organization's mandate and funding that resulted in the creation of the
Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Returning to the private sector, she worked as an independent consultant
to some of Canada's major broadcasters including Global Television, advising
on its launch of seven digital specialty channels, and Bell Globemedia on
regulatory and policy strategy matters.
Most recently, Ms. Morton worked in broadcast distribution with Bell
ExpressVu, where she provided business, financial and strategic leadership for
the acquisition of film and television content for Bell's DTH, PPV, VOD and
Ms. Morton will assume her duties as of July 3, 2007. The Board of
Directors of the Academy extends its thanks to mediaINTELLIGENCE.ca Inc. for
their contribution to the success of The Academy's search.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national non-profit
professional association dedicated to promoting, recognizing and celebrating
exceptional achievements in the Canadian film and television industries.
Created in 1979 and today unifying more than 4,000 industry professionals
across Canada, the Academy is a vital and integral force representing all
areas of the film and television industry.
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