CBC launching new weekly doc strand

Producer and broadcast exec Charlotte Engel (pictured) will be responsible for commissioning and programming CBC Docs, set to launch this fall.
April 24, 2015

With documentary programming enjoying a high profile with the public, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is looking to capitalize on the trend with a new weekly programming strand, CBC Docs.

Set to launch this fall, the new program will be led by producer and former broadcast exec Charlotte Engel.

As executive in charge of production of documentary programming, Engel will be responsible for commissioning and programming the doc strand.

Engel has a long track record in Canadian documentaries, having held executive stints at CHUM Television, CTV and Bell Media, where she specialized in documentary and factual programming. During her tenure, she oversaw docs such as Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and series such as Ballet Girls and Bathroom Divas.

She left Bell Media in 2011 to launch her own production company Rock Yenta Productions. She is currently wrapping up production on My Millennial Life for TVOntario (coproduced by Makin’ Movies) and Puffin Patrol for the CBC (coproduced by Rock Island Pictures).

Engel also recently coproduced the Fractured Land documentary, which is appearing at this year’s Hot Docs festival, and currently sits on the board of the imagineNATIVE festival.

(From Playback Daily)

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