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Corus finalizes original content team following merger

Updated: Nine months after the company acquired Shaw Media, the original content teams led by Lisa Godfrey have been announced.
October 18, 2016

Nine months after its acquisition of Shaw Media, Corus Entertainment has finalized the look of its original content team.

Led by VP of original content Lisa Godfrey (pictured), the women and lifestyle division will see Krista Look overseeing Corus’ portfolio of channels in the role of director, original content. Look was appointed as Shaw Media’s director of lifestyle content in September 2015. Maria Farano takes the role of manager, original content, women and lifestyle, and will be responsible for lifestyle and home-related content. Meanwhile Lynne Carter will also take the role of manager, original content, and be responsible for food-related content.

Production executives on the women and lifestyle team are: Andrea Griffith, Larissa LaycockMarni GoldmanDebbie BrownJenny Tryansky and Brad Clarke.

John MacDonald remains SVP of content for women and lifestyle. Godfrey reports to him.

Meanwhile, director of original content Rachel Nelson will oversee scripted and factual content for History and Global, as well as scripted content for Showcase and W Network. Robin Neinstein, former production executive of original drama content, is now manager, original content, scripted and factual.

Robyn Hutt , who was hired in September 2015 as director of factual, is no longer with the company.

Meanwhile, Craig Baines and Andrew Johnson will both serve as production executive, original content, factual, while Susan Alexander serves as production exec on the scripted side.

The Corus Kids side of the business will continue to be led by Deirdre Brennan, VP, content, Corus Kids. Brennan’s team includes Michael Strachan, executive producer, as well as Brandon LaneTodd Brian and Hughes Dufour, who all serve as production executives for Corus Kids. Dominique Dussault is the division’s project manager.

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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