Proper TV hires Gabriele, Armitage for development

Former Dragons' Den producers Lisa Gabriele (pictured, left) and Mike Armitage (right) board the Toronto-based TV producer's development team.
January 6, 2015

Canada’s Proper Television has broadened its development team by hiring veteran producer Lisa Gabriele (pictured, left) as director of development.

Mike Armitage (pictured, right), former head of production at Antica Productions, has also boarded the indie prodco, as a development producer.

Gabriele previously produced CBC’s Dragons’ Den, ghost wrote books for Dragons’ Kevin O’Leary and Jim Treliving, and most recently produced Proper’s MasterChef Canada: A Holiday Special for CTV.

Armitage, meanwhile, also produced Dragons’ Den, and helped create other CBC shows including Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister and The Big Decision. He also co-created Newshounds, a national news quiz show on CBC Radio One.

The development hires were made by Guy O’Sullivan, president of Proper Television.

“Lisa knows production very well and is a natural idea-generator,” said O’Sullivan in a statement. “She has an infectious enthusiasm for cool television and will bring a breath of fresh air to Proper. She and Mike have worked together for years and as a very successful and sought after development producer, he is someone that I have admired for quite some time.”

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