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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
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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