Justine Pimlott, David Oppenheim named NFB producers

The duo help newly installed Ontario exec producer Anita Lee (pictured) fill a leadership vacuum at Canada's National Film Board, left after the retirement of Silva Basmajian and departure of several key execs.
July 15, 2014

Anita Lee , the recently¬†installed Ontario executive producer at Canada’s¬†National Film Board, is filling out her new team, naming Justine Pimlott and David Oppenheim as Ontario centre producers.

Lee, who replaced a retiring Silva Basmajian in May 2014, has brought on board Pimlott, who started her film career at the NFB and who eventually formed Red Queen Productions and produced the 2013 film Derby Crazy Love.

Oppenheim was head of documentary development at Kensington Communications for four years to 2011, and has expertise in interactive documentary storytelling.

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, Oppenheim has worked as a series producer for the CBC, CBC News Network, Alliance Atlantis/Discovery Health Channel and TVOntario.

The key Toronto-based English language studio is also rebuilding its leadership since long-time producer Gerry Flahive left in May 2014 and the sudden departures of Ravida Din, the former director general of the NFB’s English Program, and former NFB chairman Tom Perlmutter, in February 2014.

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