Rene Bourdages to join Canada’s National Film Board

Bourdages (pictured) will oversee the English and French-language programs at the National Film Board's interactive studios in Vancouver and Montreal.
July 5, 2016

Canada’s National Film Board (NFB) has named René Bourdages (pictured) to the role of director general, creation and innovation, effective September 1.

Bourdages, who is the founder and CEO of California-based entertainment consultancy firm Elevado Media, will oversee the NFB’s interactive studios in both Montreal and Vancouver. In the new role, Bourdages will oversee the English and French-language programs in both animation and documentary.

The exec will leave Elevado when he joins the NFB in September.

He previously served as executive VP of broadcasting and operations at TVA; executive VP of programming, sales and marketing at Astral Media; and president of the merchandising division at CBC/Radio-Canada.

Last year, Bourdages served as an executive producer on the Willem Dafoe-starring documentary Fukushima: A Nuclear Story (2015) and he has also written a book for investors looking to finance indie feature films (Investing in Films: The 12.5 Secrets Elite Investors Keep for Themselves).

Earlier this year, he authored a study for the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec on whether Quebec’s current tax incentives are sufficiently aligned with the province’s virtual and augmented reality sectors. (From Playback)

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