Corus Entertainment has made a slew of new appointments within the programming and production and international teams of its television division that align the programming and commissioning by content rather than by TV property. The appointments, which Corus TV President Doug Murphy deems a redesign of the company’s organizational approach, essentially results in a one-stop shop for producers and distributors.
‘We’ve changed our executive oversight structure to manage programming investments more strategically, to look for more acquisition opportunities across networks and to achieve an organizational design that increases the level of collaboration,’ says Murphy. The company’s new media headquarters Corus Quay, which brings together more than 1,100 employees under one roof, will help to further facilitate this level of internal collaboration, Murphy says. Murphy will be temporarily handling Joanna Webb’s former role as VP, head of programming and production while a search for her replacement is conducted.
Vibika Bianchi, previously director of original productions for W Network, Cosmo TV and Viva, has been named VP, original programming, lifestyle, reality and factual, and will be responsible for all original unscripted programming and integrated content opportunities for all Corus’ specialty and pay networks. The rest of the restructured team is comprised of Ted Ellis, VP, kids/family programming; Renee Skea, VP, women’s programming; Jocelyn Hamilton, VP, original programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama; Karen Philips, VP, network program operations and Lynn Chadwick, VP, network content acquisitions and pay, who will oversee all aspects of the Corus Television network’s acquisition activities and will work towards standardizing rights for use across all channels and platforms.