Top Canadian TV and cinema producers have joined the Board of Directors of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
ACCT Chairman Martin Katz introduced Julie Bristow, CBC Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content, as well as Don Carmody, Producer, as the newest members of the Academy’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
The announcement comes as the Academy gears up for its first Canadian Screen Awards celebration, and the annual awards gala that celebrates the accomplishments and creativity in film, television and digital media.
“The addition of a box office champion and game-changing television executive enhances our Academy Board’s business strength and reach,” Katz described.
“Julie is the executive responsible for all of CBC's awards programs including the newly minted Canadian Screen Awards set to launch into prime time Sunday night,” he continued, “so her commitment to celebrating the best in Canadian talent is in perfect sync with the Academy’s push to reach the Canadian public.”
“We are also delighted that box office champion Don Carmody has joined the Academy Board just days after he garnered the Cineplex Golden Reel Award for the seventh time, a remarkable feat,” Katz said. “With Don, the Academy also gains a Board Member who belongs to the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a winner of their highest honour – Best Picture Oscar for Chicago – as well as a winner of our highest honour, Best Motion Picture for his Polytechnique.”
Julie Bristow is the Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content for CBC. She is responsible for the production of Factual Entertainment, Sports, Unscripted Comedy and Specials.
She launched the Factual Entertainment division for Canada’s public broadcaster in May 2006. Under her stewardship the network saw audience growth with prime time hits such as Dragons’ Den, the live event sports reality program Battle of the Blades, and late night talk-show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
Her role has recently expanded to include Executive Director of Olympic Content for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. She is also responsible for the CBC’s content and coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Pan Am games to be held in Toronto. Bristow oversees the longest running and most successful hockey program in history, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Her work in television has garnered her numerous awards, including multiple Geminis, Canada’s television awards. Bristow is also a board member for Entertainment Master Class, the Rose d’Or Festival, and is a member of The International Academy of Television Arts and Science and on the advisory board for the Banff World Media Festival.
Producer Don Carmody is one of Canada’s most successful producers of all time, both artistically and commercially.
Seven of his films have won the Academy’s box office prize including this year’s Cineplex Golden Reel Award for the action thriller Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth instalment in the hit franchise with a box office ‘cume’ approaching $1 billion at the global box office.
Carmody also produced Denis Villeneuve’s socially impactful Polytechnique (which swept our Academy awards in 2009 taking 9 statues), while his hockey actioner Goon – starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Eugene Levy – is up for six inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.
Carmody has always made films people love to watch, a career move which began over 40 years ago when he was VP Production for Canada’s Cinepix (now Lionsgate). He co-produced David Cronenberg’s early shockers They Came From Within and Rabid and his credits include the smash comedies Meatballs and Porky’s (both Golden Reel winners) as well as Porky’s II, the Weekend At Bernie’s series and the cult hit The Boondock Saints. He produces the Silent Hill franchise.
Carmody’s impressive 100+ film titles include co-producer credits on Chicago (which won seven Oscars including best picture in 2002) and the Oscar-nominated Good Will Hunting.
Members of the ACCT Board of Directors, from all areas of the film, television and digital media industries (in alphabetical order) are:
· Academy Chair – Martin Katz, President, Prospero Pictures
· Academy Vice-Chair – Robin Mirsky, Executive Director, Rogers Group of Funds
· Chair, Quebec Academy – Richard Speer, President, Attraction Group
· Barry Avrich, President, Endeavour Marketing
· Julie Bristow: CBC Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content
· Paul Bronfman, Chairman & CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc.
· Don Carmody, Producer
· Jonas Diamond, Executive Producer, Smiley Guy Studios
· Cam di Prata, Private Investor
· Anne Fitzgerald, Chief Legal Officer, Cineplex Entertainment
· Bryan Gliserman, President, Entertainment One Films Canada
· Scott Henderson, Vice-President, Communications, Bell Media
· Gabriel Nachman, retired partner PricewaterhouseCoopers
· Mary Powers, President, M. Powers Communications
· Gary Slaight, President/CEO Slaight Communications
· Mark Slone, Senior Vice-President, Entertainment One
· Kevin Wright, Senior Vice President, Astral Television Networks
· John Young, Managing Director, Temple Street Productions
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media.