Mark Starowicz to leave CBC

After almost five decades at the Canadian pubcaster, the executive director of documentary programming is leaving to produce docs independently.
July 30, 2015

Long-time CBC producer and executive Mark Starowicz is leaving the Canadian pubcaster after almost five decades to chart a new career path as an independent producer.

Most recently the executive director of documentary programming at CBC, Starowicz has either led or served as the creative force behind many of the CBC’s legacy programs, including Canada: A People’s History, Sunday Morning, As It Happens and current affairs program The Journal.

Following his time at The Journal, he focused on documentary programming at the CBC, with credits including The Nature of Things, Witness, Life and Times, Doc Zone, The Greatest Canadian, Love Hate and Propaganda and The Canadian Experience.

Under his leadership, the CBC also completed several coproduction projects in the doc space, including the series China Rises, Arctic Rush, Battle for Baghdad and India Reborn. He also produced his own docs for the pubcaster, including The Third Angel, about Canadian women fighting to protect the rainforests and wildlife of Borneo, and the CBC copro Dawn of the Eye.

“Over almost five decades at CBC, Mark has become a giant on the Canadian documentary landscape. His vision and talent have guided generations of reporters and documentary producers to deliver award-winning shows,” said Heather Conway, executive VP of English Services at the CBC, in an email to staff announcing Starowicz’s departure.

The CBC will continue to work with Starowicz as an independent producer, Conway said. This April, the CBC hired producer and former broadcasting exec Charlotte Engel to lead the commissioning and programming of its new weekly programming strand, CBC Docs.

(From Playback Daily.)

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