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Former Hot Docs director Alan Black joins Canadaland as chief operating officer

Alan Black, former director of operations for the Hot Docs festival and managing director of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, is joining Canadian podcast company and news organization, Canadaland, ...
May 12, 2022

Alan Black, former director of operations for the Hot Docs festival and managing director of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, is joining Canadian podcast company and news organization, Canadaland, as its chief operating officer.

Black resigned from his posts with Hot Docs in early April, after two decades with the organization.

At Canadaland, Black will be tasked with overseeing all non-editorial operations for the company, as well as spearheading its growth strategy as the company expands its subscription program and develops projects for film and television.

“Alan Black is a champion of non-fiction storytelling who grew Hot Docs into the world’s best documentary festival,” said Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown in a statement. “He’s an innovator who understands how to harness the passion audiences have for the content they believe in, and how to convert it into growth and sustainability for mission-based cultural organizations. We’re thrilled and lucky to have him.”

Added Black: “Jesse, Fatima [Syed, host], Arshy [Mann, host/producer], and Canadaland’s intrepid team have fearlessly devoted themselves to telling important Canadian stories that have the ability to engage people in conversation and debate in a way that is utterly necessary. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and do my part to get these stories told and to make sure they are heard.”

With its news and current affairs programming downloaded more than 700,000 times per month, Canadaland’s podcast miniseries include Cool Mules, winner of the 2021 Gold Award for best podcast (arts & culture) from the Digital Publishing Awards, and Thunder Bay, which has been adapted in partnership with Entertainment One into a four-part Crave Original documentary TV series, slated to debut this winter.

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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