Shaw Media’s Andrew Akman lands at Cineflix Media

The veteran broadcast executive (pictured) will fill the newly created position of chief operating officer, managing day-to-day operations at the fast-growing Canadian indie TV producer.
April 3, 2013

Broadcast veteran Andrew Akman (pictured), who came through the former Alliance Atlantis Communications to serve as VP of planning at Shaw Media, has joined Canadian firm Cineflix Media as chief operating officer.

Akman will fill the newly created position as the factual TV producer, now diversifying into scripted TV, looks to control fast-paced growth, with offices on both sides of the Atlantic.

Based in Cineflix’s Toronto office, Akman will oversee corporate operations, a responsibility until now on the shoulders of co-CEO Katherine Buck.

With Akman overseeing backroom operations, Buck will be freed up to focus on strategic direction, while Simon Lloyd, also based in Toronto, manages production. Cineflix also has expanding divisions in Cineflix Rights, led by Chris Bonney, and a scripted arm managed by former NBCU International exec Peter Smith.

“It’s not unlike a broadcaster or cable operator that has folks taking care of the back office functions and helping to define the strategy and manage change,” Akman told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback of his appointment.

Akman joins Cineflix from Shaw Media, where he oversaw strategic planning and business integration activities. Before that, he worked at Canwest Broadcasting as senior VP and chief administrative officer, again overseeing corporate operations.

At Alliance Atlantis Communications he served as senior VP of corporate development and investor relations.

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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.