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Hot Docs names Heather Conway as executive director and co-president

Canadian documentary festival and conference organization Hot Docs has named Heather Conway as its new executive director and co-president, its board of directors announced on Wednesday (Oct. 13). Conway, a former ...
October 13, 2021


Canadian documentary festival and conference organization Hot Docs has named Heather Conway as its new executive director and co-president, its board of directors announced on Wednesday (Oct. 13).

Conway, a former executive vice president of English services at CBC/Radio-Canada, was selected from a months-long international search after Hot Docs’ former executive director, Brett Hendrie, left the organization in March. She’ll be responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the annual Hot Docs festival, industry programs and other year-round initiatives, beginning Nov. 4.

“Heather is a visionary leader who brings with her a sharp intellect, acute strategic skill and an impressive breadth of experience,” said Hot Docs board co-chair Lalita Krishna in a statement. “At CBC, she embraced independent documentary filmmakers and championed diverse stories and voices.”

Conway will collaborate in her new role with Hot Docs co-president Chris McDonald, and long-time Hot Docs directors Alan Black and Erin Lau.

During her time at CBC, Conway led the public broadcaster’s digital transformation and launched CBC Gem, its streaming service. Several acclaimed shows launched on CBC during this time including Schitt’s CreekKim’s Convenience and Alias Grace.

Prior to CBC, Conway ran all non-curatorial and development operations at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The 2022 edition of the Hot Docs conference and festival is slated to take place in Toronto from April 28-May 8.

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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