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October 1, 2010


Toronto-based prodco Shaftesbury Films has announced the creation of a factual division, Shaftesbury Factual, to be headed up by former Frantic Films executive producer and development consultant Rachel Low. She’ll join the new division as vice president, factual entertainment, reporting directly to Shaftesbury chairman and CEO Christina Jennings.
The company, known for its drama and children’s offerings, is behind such recent productions as Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures for HBO Canada; The Listener for CTV and Fox International Channels and Murdoch Mysteries for Citytv and UKTV’s Alibi.
‘The move into factual production is the next strategic step for us to further diversify our business and development slate,’ said Jennings. ‘Rachel is an accomplished, highly talented producer with a proven track record developing hit factual properties. She will bring fresh vision to our business and ensure we are positioned to succeed in the non-fiction arena.’


Wayne Garvie, most recently managing director of content and production for BBC Worldwide, is heading to UK superindie All3Media, where he will serve as MD of international production, reporting to CEO Steve Morrison.
Garvie first came to the Beeb in 1998 via BBC Manchester after 10 years at Granada Television. From his first post there as head of entertainment and features, he became head of entertainment group for BBC in 2001, moving to his most recent post at BBCWW in 2006.
‘Wayne has had an exemplary career at the BBC, including the last four years at BBC Worldwide,’ said BBCWW CEO John Smith. ‘He goes with our gratitude for all he has done, particularly in establishing our international production base and taking fantastic shows such as Dancing with the Stars to the world. He leaves in place a very strong team to lead our content and production business while we search for a successor.’
At All3, Garvie will be tasked with enhancing the growth of the superindie’s production capabilities in the U.S., Europe and other global territories. ‘I am delighted to welcome Wayne to All3Media,’ said CEO Morrision. ‘He is one of the most recognized television executives on the worldwide scene and will be instrumental in the further growth of our international business.’
Helen Jackson, director of BBC Worldwide’s indies unit, will lead the content and production business on an acting basis until a permanent successor is named.


Cineflix International has announced that Colin Jarvis, formerly BBC Worldwide director of international formats, is coming on board as a consultant. Jarvis will report to Cineflix CEO Glen Salzman and work with the sales and production execs on the licensing and production side of Cineflix’s format business. During Jarvis’ BBC tenure he helped launch such international format hits as The Weakest Link (the first international format deal struck between BBC Worldwide and the U.S.), Dancing with the Stars and The Office, and he also led the roll-out of BBCWW’s international production network in North and South America, Europe, Australia and India.
‘Establishing a thriving format production and distribution division is a major step in Cineflix’s overall growth strategy,’ said Salzman. ‘With a fantastic track record driving the global production and sales of some of the world’s biggest formats, Colin is perfectly placed to help us achieve this aim. I’m delighted Colin will be joining us at an ideal time as he and our Cineflix team head down to MIPCOM.’

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.