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Maria Farano joins Big Coat Media as SVP of content

The former Corus exec joins the unscripted prodco as SVP content, the latest in a series of senior hires at the Toronto company.
November 16, 2017

Toronto-based unscripted producer Big Coat Media has announced another senior hire.

Maria Farano has been named SVP of content at Big Coat, joining new additions SVP of development Frank Sutera and head of development Brooks Gray, who joined the company in October. Both Sutera and Gray will report to Farano.

In the new role, Farano will oversee Big Coat’s slate of productions, including supervising series producers, overseeing creative and editorial teams and working with broadcasters. As head of the development team, she’ll be charged with creating a slate of projects for worldwide distribution on all platforms.

Farano most recently served as director and manager of original programming for lifestyle and factual entertainment at Corus — a position she held since 2011. In that role, she oversaw the development and production of series such as Big Coat’s Love It or List It Vancouver, as well as Masters of Flip and Undercover Boss Canada.

Prior to joining Corus, Farano was a production executive for Shaw Media’s Slice, TVTropolis, National Geographic and History Television.

This article originally appeared on Playback

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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