News Flash

Canada's Alliance Atlantis slashes staff again, this time from its Broadcast Group.
April 25, 2002

Toronto, Canada-based Alliance Atlantis Communications has eliminated 35 permanent full-time positions from its Broadcast Group, the arm that oversees the company’s various analog, specialty and digital channels including History Television, HGTV Canada, Life Network, The Independent Film Channel Canada and Discovery Health Channel, among others. The reduction will impact all functions within the division, as management and staff posts were cut from both the supportive and operative departments. AAC spokesperson Kym Robertson says although the cuts will likely have some impact on programming, the move will not result in a reduction of programming activity, but rather a distribution of work across fewer people. ‘This is really an effort to make sure our human resources match our requirements to do our business plan this year,’ she says.
AAC’s fiscal year concluded at the end of March. In January, AAC eliminated 80 full-time positions when it consolidated its TV production and distribution units with its in-house motion picture production arm under one banner, called the Entertainment Group.

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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 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.