CBC TV senior executive team brings new focus to program development,
financing and execution

TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - CBC Television, the undisputed leader in Canadian television program development and creation, today announced a new senior team structure which will allow it to focus on innovative strategies for bringing new programs to Canadian audiences as well as markets outside the country.

"Over the last few years, CBC Television has experienced significant success with its new shows," says Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President of English Services. "They have drawn bigger domestic audiences and sold well internationally, despite our continually diminishing available resources. This recent success gives CBC an opportunity to increase its position in the international television marketplace. It also helps us to move into the new multi-platform world from a position of strength."

Fred Fuchs, former Executive Director, Arts & Entertainment for CBC Television, has been appointed General Manager, Production Enterprises, with responsibility for strengthening the international relationships and financing of CBC's Arts and Entertainment, Documentary and Factual Entertainment shows. As part of his new role, Fuchs will also oversee CBC's new feature film initiative (more information available at: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2009/12/c8628.html).

At the same time, Sally Catto, former Creative Head for CBC Drama, joins the senior network programming team as Executive Director, Arts and Entertainment for CBC Television and will lead the creative development and execution of all programming in Comedy, Drama, Variety, Performing Arts and Children's Programming.

"During his time with CBC, Fred has supervised - among many others - the Canadian hit shows Heartland, The Border, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Being Erica and The Tudors," Stursberg says. "Over the past four years, Fred has played a leading role in the Canadian television industry in developing the funding models which allow maximum production value per dollar invested."

"Sally has also played a leading role in the creation of many of our biggest successes of the past several seasons," says Kirstine Stewart, General Manager of CBC Television. "We're been on a creative roll and Sally is well-positioned to continue along those lines with her team."

Both changes are effective immediately.

CBC Television will unveil its coming winter season later this month.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

SOURCE CBC/Radio-Canada

For further information: For further information: Jeff Keay, media relations, (416) 205-3987, jeff.keay@cbc.ca


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