Catto returns to CBC, Walton becomes copro head

After leaving the CBC for Cineflix Studios last year, Sally Catto is returning to the Canadian pubcaster, where she will be responsible for documentary programming, as well as drama, comedy and children's titles.
June 4, 2012

Former Cineflix Studios EVP Sally Catto has returned to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where she will be responsible for documentary programming, as well as drama, comedy and children’s titles.

Effective June 18, Catto will take her new role as CBC’s executive director, commissioned and scripted programming. Trevor Walton, who currently holds the position, will become head of coproductions, effective immediately.

Catto’s initial focus will be on reorganizing the department to streamline and update administration and management.

“Sally is one of the country’s most well respected broadcast executives. Sally’s ability to nurture creative potential at its earliest stages, her ongoing commitment to Canadian producers and productions and her track record of successes will make CBC’s already strong commissioned and scripted programming even stronger,” said Kirstine Stewart, EVP of CBC English services, in a statement.

“Going thru cuts her vision will help reorg dept, but keep it strong,” Stewart also tweeted Friday afternoon.

Catto was formerly the CBC’s executive director of arts and entertainment, and moved to the EVP position at Cineflix Studios last year. She will be based in Vancouver, reporting to Stewart.

“Many thx Trevor Walton taking on role head of co-pro, nurturing our international partner relationships, v necessary moving fwd,” Stewart tweeted Friday.

According to a release from the CBC, Walton’s new role will “leverage his experience and complement the new structure.”

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