People on the Move

Founder of the Canal+ doc unit departs; the Beeb loses another exec; retirement looms for veteran natural history presenter
November 7, 2002

Catherine Lamour resigned from Canal+, effective November 1. Lamour was the founder and director of the documentary department, a role she held for 17 years. In 2001, she moved on to a managing position within the Canal+ group (which is part of Vivendi Universal), heading all the channels and services in Europe.

Less than a month after the departure of the BBC head of entertainment development Conrad Green (to 19 TV) comes news that Jonathan Glazier, the BBC’s editor of light entertainment, is leaving the pubcaster. He has been hired as head of development and production for Fox World U.K., a new unit of U.S. broadcaster Fox Television Studios. According to The Guardian, Glazier will be replaced by Wayne Garvie, the head of BBC entertainment (The Weakest Link).

David Attenborough has indicated that he will retire…in a few years. The longtime BBC natural history presenter wishes to complete his final project, a documentary series on insects, by 2005, the year he turns 80.

There’s a new production and distribution company in town, but the faces behind it may be familiar. Former Studio Canal execs Vincent Grimond (who was CEO) and Brahim Chioua (deputy CEO) have formed Paris-based Exception. They are joining forces with Vincent Maraval and Alain de la Mata, the co-founders of indie champions (and also Paris-based) Wild Bunch. De la Mata will be the only non-resident of the group, as head of the U.K.-based Blue Light, which distributes and markets Wild Bunch films.

Australia’s Film Finance Corporation announced that entertainment lawyer Linda Tizard will not be taking the position of chief executive, widely considered to be the domestic film industry’s most influential job. The position has been open since April, and in September, Variety reported that only government approval stood between Tizard and the job. The FFC’s statement indicated that Tizard has withdrawn her application.

As part of a greater restructuring of its archive and library services, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation announced the creation of three areas within the archives: Research Services, which will be headed by Salvatore Russo; collection services, for which Michelle McMartin will be manager; and Collection Strategy, with Trish Hoyne at the helm.

Outfest, one of the largest film festivals in California, U.S., announced the promotion of Kirsten Schaffer to director of programming. Schaffer, whose past experience includes a stint as co-executive director of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, was previously a senior programmer with the fest.

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