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Academy Welcomes New Board Members

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Chairman Martin Katz is pleased to announce that Julie Bristow, CBC Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content, as well as Don Carmody, Producer, have joined the Academy’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

“The addition of a box office champion and game-changing television executive enhances our Academy Board’s business strength and reach,” Katz says.

“Julie is the executive responsible for all of CBC’s awards programs including the newly minted Canadian Screen Awards set to launch into prime time Sunday night,” says Katz, “so her commitment to celebrating the best in Canadian talent is in perfect sync with the Academy’s push to reach the Canadian public.”

“We are also delighted that box office champion Don Carmody has joined the Academy Board just days after he garnered the Cineplex Golden Reel Award for the seventh time, a remarkable feat,” says Katz. “With Don, the Academy also gains a Board Member who belongs to the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a winner of their highest honour – Best Picture Oscar® for Chicago – as well as a winner of our highest honour, Best Motion Picture for his Polytechnique (2009).”

Julie Bristow: CBC Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content

Julie Bristow is the Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content for CBC. She is responsible for the production of Factual Entertainment, Sports, Unscripted Comedy and Specials.

Julie launched the Factual Entertainment division for Canada’s public broadcaster in May 2006. Under her stewardship the network saw audience growth with prime time hits such as Dragons’ Den, the live event sports reality program Battle of the Blades, and late night talk-show, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. 

Her role has recently expanded to include Executive Director of Olympic Content for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. She is also responsible for the CBC’s content and coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Pan Am games to be held in Toronto. Julie oversees the longest running and most successful hockey program in history, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Julie’s work in television has garnered her numerous awards, including multiple Geminis, Canada’s television awards. Julie is also a board member for Entertainment Master Class, the Rose d’Or Festival, and is a member of The International Academy of Television Arts and Science and on the advisory board for the Banff World Media Festival.

Don Carmody, Producer

Producer Don Carmody is one of Canada’s most successful producers of all time, both artistically and commercially.

Seven of his films have won the Academy’s box office prize including this year’s Cineplex Golden Reel Award for the action thriller Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment in the hit franchise with a box office ‘cume’ approaching $1 billion at the global box office.

Carmody also produced Denis Villeneuve’s socially impactful Polytechnique (which swept our Academy awards in 2009 taking 9 statues), while his hockey actioner Goon – starring Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Eugene Levy – is up for six inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.

Carmody has always made films people love to watch, a career move which began over 40 years ago when he was VP Production for Canada’s Cinepix (now Lionsgate). He co-produced David Cronenberg’s early shockers They Came From Within and Rabid and his credits include the smash comedies Meatballs and Porky’s (both Golden Reel winners) as well as Porky’s II, the Weekend At Bernie’s series and the cult hit The Boondock Saints. He produces the Silent Hill franchise.

Carmody’s impressive 100+ film titles include co-producer credits on Chicago (which won seven Oscars including best picture in 2002) and the Oscar-nominated Good Will Hunting.

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