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Andrew Johnson and Barbara Shearer join Shaw Media

The Canadian broadcaster, citing ratings gains from reality TV series like Canadian Pickers and Outlaw Bikers, is bolstering its factual content division with two hires.
October 11, 2011

Canada’s Shaw Media is bolstering its factual programming team by hiring former CBC commissioning editor Andrew Johnson and producer/director Barbara Shearer.

Johnson, a former CBC exec on The Lens and the documentary series The Passionate Eye; and Shearer, whose TV credits include Tabloid History, Outlaw Bikers, Canadian Pickers and What’s in a Name?, both become production executives at Shaw Media’s content division.

“Andrew and Barbara have each achieved tremendous success in Canadian television and we couldn’t be happier to welcome their unique skills and expertise to the team,” Christine Shipton, VP of original content at Shaw Media, said in a statement.

Johnson and Shearer will join a factual production team at Shaw Media that includes director Lisa Godfrey and senior director Sarah Jane Flynn.

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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