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Corus Entertainment’s head of programming and production resigns

Joanna Webb has resigned from Canadian media giant Corus Entertainment. Promoted in late July to VP and head of programming & production to oversee the entire Corus TV group, including specialty nets W Network, VIVA and Cosmo TV, Webb is set to depart the company on October 1.
September 21, 2010

Joanna Webb has resigned from Canadian media giant Corus Entertainment. Promoted in late July to VP and head of programming & production to oversee the entire Corus TV group, including specialty nets W Network, VIVA and Cosmo TV, Webb is set to depart the company on October 1.
This past summer saw 30 jobs eliminated across Corus’ radio and television divisions, followed closely by the promotion of Webb from VP of programming to her current role that includes the management of Corus Kids nets YTV, Treehouse and Nickelodeon Canada, and the company’s suite of adult-targeted specialty and pay-TV channels.
When reached for comment, president of Corus Television Doug Murphy said, ‘Joanna Webb has been a great contributor to Corus for over 15 years, and we wish her well in her new role. We have exceptional talent here at Corus and we intend to announce shortly further exciting developments at Corus Television.’
A Corus spokesperson added that the company was not yet ready to reveal upcoming plans regarding a successor to Webb, and could not confirm where Webb is headed. Webb started her career at Corus on the children’s side, joining YTV in 1996, eventually working her way up to the role of VP of programming for Corus children’s channels in 2004. She was then tapped as VP of programming for the company’s female-focused channel W Network in 2005.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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