British Columbia, Canada’s Knowledge Network has appointed filmmaker Aaron Woodley (pictured) as its director of network brands, taking over from longtime director Murray Battle, who departed the pubcaster last month.
In the new role, Woodley will oversee Knowledge Network’s brands and promotion. His directing credits include his feature film debut Rhinoceros Eyes, which won the Discovery Award at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the forthcoming animated features Spark: A Space Tail and Arctic Justice.
“Aaron has had a distinguished career as a filmmaker. His experience with both animation and live action is ideally suited to supporting the creative evolution of Knowledge Network’s brands,” said Rudy Buttignol, president and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation, in a statement. “He is a welcome addition to our talented team as we build on the success of our commercial-free, viewer supported public television and streaming services for adults and young kids.”
In addition to the hiring, Knowledge Network has commissioned a four-part, hour-long historical documentary series from Vancouver-based prodco Screen Siren Pictures.
The project, 1871 (working title), tells the early history of British Columbia and is based on historical texts from multiple perspectives, including Indigenous, British, European, Asian and American. The series is set to broadcast and stream in 2021 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of British Columbia’s entry into Confederation. The government of BC has provided CA$1 million (US$751,ooo) toward the project’s budget.
Screen Siren’s recent credits include the feature project Indian Horse, which it produced alongside Terminal City Pictures and Devonshire Productions. The company also recently received funding from Creative BC and Screen Ireland’s co-development fund through which it is developing the doc Children of the Church with Irish prodco Wildfire Films.
1871 is directed by Kevin Eastwood and written by Gelerah Derabi. Screen Siren’s Trish Dolman is executive producing alongside Eastwood, with Leena Minifie producing and researching. Jennifer Chiu is also a researcher on the series.
From Playback Daily, with additional files from Daniele Alcinii