NFB names Anita Lee as exec producer for Ontario

The National Film Board of Canada has named Anita Lee (pictured) as executive producer for Ontario, overseeing its Toronto-based production studio.
May 22, 2014

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has named Anita Lee (pictured) as executive producer for Ontario, overseeing its Toronto-based production studio.

She replaces Silva Basmajian – also a producer on Stories We Tell - who retired last year. Lee, who will oversee English-language production, has been an NFB producer since 2005. Her producer credits with the NFB include Sarah Polley’s doc Stories We Tell, and interactive feature Late Fragment.

Before joining the publicly funded organization, she produced movie titles like John Greyson’s Proteus, and served as exec director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

“Anita has worked with some amazing talent in this country, on productions that consistently push the possibilities of audiovisual storytelling,” said Michelle van Beusekom, interim director general of the NFB’s English Program.

“Deeply committed to broadening the range of voices we work with, Anita brings with her a unique combination of producorial and editorial strengths, a keen entrepreneurial acumen and a dedication to the values of producing meaningful work in the public interest. As the NFB implements its new strategic plan, Anita will play a key role in helping to shape our POV documentary strategy.”

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