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JV Productions ups Courtney Campbell, Kirk Hipkiss

Toronto-headquartered Selling New York prodco JV Productions has upped two key executives. Courtney Campbell (pictured left) has been upped to JV Productions’ president, replacing the recently retired Vyvyan Campbell, who founded the company nearly ...
June 5, 2018

Toronto-headquartered Selling New York prodco JV Productions has upped two key executives.

Courtney Campbell (pictured left) has been upped to JV Productions’ president, replacing the recently retired Vyvyan Campbell, who founded the company nearly 21 years ago.

With the title of president, Campbell will oversee the development and growth of the company’s creative and strategic direction, including content development and production for a variety of buyers across North America and abroad.

Campbell has been with JV Productions since its inception in 1997 and has developed, executive produced and directed a range of programs. Her credits include HGTV’s Selling New York, Animal Planet/History Canada’s Curse of the Frozen Gold, and Bravo’s Yours, Mine or Ours.

Kirk Hipkiss (right), meanwhile, has been appointed as company EVP and will continue to execute the creative vision for JV’s development slate. In addition, he will be responsible for spearheading the company’s scripted ambitions.

Hipkiss has served as an executive producer, director and editor for JV Productions, having played a key role in the creation of the Selling brand and franchise for HGTV.

Both Campbell and Hipkiss commence their new roles effective immediately.

“There are so many exciting opportunities out there – whether we’re talking OTT or linear, non-scripted or scripted, regional or global,” said Campbell in a statement. “I want to see JV make the most of all of it.”

Under Campbell’s direction, the Toronto- and Los Angeles-based company is currently in the midst of pitching and developing multiple projects across both the unscripted and scripted spaces. Projects include development on a real estate format for HGTV in the U.S.; a new adventure series with a major unnamed U.S. broadcaster; and negotiating a book option deal with a UK publisher.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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