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Freeland leaving Rogers Media

Director of original programming Claire Freeland (pictured) will stay on at the Canadian broadcasting company until the end of September while it seeks a replacement.
August 6, 2013

Rogers Broadcasting is looking for a new director of original programming as Claire Freeland gets set to step down from the series development post.

Freeland, who joined Rogers Media’s TV division two years ago, was responsible for guiding the original Canadian scripted and unscripted programming strategy across a range of assets, including City, OLN, bio, G4 and FX Canada.

“Claire has been a wonderful asset to Rogers Media and we wish her all the best,” said Malcolm Dunlop, EVP of programming and operations at Rogers Media.

No details were available on Freeland’s next career move.

In the meantime, Rogers Media is looking to fill the vacant post to maintain momentum in original Canadian programming.

Before joining Rogers, Freeland was the director of original programming at Corus Entertainment, where she created unscripted original programming for W Network, CMT Canada, Cosmo TV, YTV, and OWN Canada.

Her TV credits at Rogers include the multi-cam comedy Package Deal, a second season of the sperm-donor sitcom Seed, and Mother Up!, starring Eva Longoria, which is part of City’s mid-season slate in winter 2014.

And for OLN, Freeland developed The Project: Guatemala, along with Storage Wars Canada and the returning series The Liquidator.

(From Playback Daily)

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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