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Prospero’s Katz named ACCT chair

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has unveiled its new board of directors, with Prospero Pictures producer Martin Katz (pictured) named as chair of the organization.
July 14, 2011

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) has unveiled its new board of directors, with Prospero Pictures producer Martin Katz (pictured) named as chair of the organization.

Katz heads a 12-strong board of film, TV and digital media execs, which also includes Endeavour Marketing president Barry Avrich; Temple Street Productions MD John Young; Astral Television Networks senior VP Kevin Wright; eOne Films co-president Bryan Gliserman; Alliance Films senior VP of marketing and publicity Mark Slone; Cineplex Entertainment chief legal officer Anne Fitzgerald; Smiley Guy Studios exec producer Jonas Diamond; Mary Powers, president of M. Powers Communications; Celia Chassels, partner at The Gary Goddard Agency; Robin Mirsky, executive director of the Rogers Group of Funds; and Gabriel Nachman, retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“The composition of this active new industry board presents a real opportunity to reinvigorate the Academy,” said Katz.  “Now we can better connect our current members with our corporate partners and reach out to some 400,000 professionals working in the Canadian media industry today.”

In a statement, ACCT said it plans to create a National Advisory Council made up of representatives from across Canada to ensure all of the country’s major regions are represented.

Following the 26th Gemini Awards, ACCT will create a new Awards Governance Committee composed of representatives from the nation’s unions, guilds and associations, to review the rules and regulations governing the Gemini and Genie awards.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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