Corus Entertainment Announces Changes to Leadership Team

TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment, announced today changes to the Company's executive leadership team that will more closely align Corus' Television and Radio business units.

Effective September 1, 2013, Doug Murphy, currently Executive Vice President and President, Corus Television, will be appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment.  Doug will assume oversight of both Radio and Television and will report to John Cassaday.

Additional changes to John Cassaday's executive leadership team include:

Scott Dyer, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Chief Technology Officer - Scott will have oversight of the Company's strategic planning process, ongoing business transformations and new media strategy. He will also lead the Company's corporate development activities and assume oversight of Kids Can Press and Toon Boom.

Gary Maavara, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary - Gary's responsibilities include oversight of all legal matters, regulatory affairs and government relations in addition to his role of Corporate Secretary.

Kathleen McNair, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Chief Integration Officer - Kathleen will continue to oversee the human resources and corporate communications portfolios and will lead the integration of the new services to be acquired from Bell Media, pending regulatory approval, as well as streamline internal processes.

Tom Peddie, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - Tom will continue to oversee the Company's finance and accounting functions in addition to assuming responsibility for Corus' facilities group.

To align leadership around the Company's distinct business units - Corus Radio, Corus Kids, Corus Women and Family, Corus Content Distribution and Pay TV, Corus Airtime Sales and Corus Média - reporting to Doug Murphy will be:

Chris Pandoff, President of Radio
Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids
John MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women and Family
Maria Hale, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Content Distribution and Pay TV
Susan Schaefer, Vice President, Head of Brands, Television and Radio
Gerry Mackrell, Vice President, Television, Head of Airtime Sales
Bill Knight, Vice President, Television, Head of Business Development and Planning
Helen Lebeau, Vice President, Television, Production and Broadcast Operations
Mario Cecchini, Head of Eastern Ontario and President, Corus Média

"As our business evolves, we continue to adapt and refine our structure," said John Cassaday.  "These changes capitalize on our strengths and streamline decision-making across our Television and Radio businesses, as we prepare for the integration of our new assets, and grow the Corus brand in Canada and internationally."

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at

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Sally Tindal
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