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Former CBC Drama Exec Tom Hastings Lands at Rival Bell Media

The veteran Canadian broadcaster will help develop and produce new dramas and movies for the CTV network and a stable of cable channels.

TORONTO - Tom Hastings, who left the CBC earlier this year as creative head of drama due to drama budget chop, has landed at rival Canadian broadcaster Bell Media.

Hastings becomes a production executive in independent drama production, helping produce new dramas and movies for Bell Media’s stable of conventional and cable channels, including the top-rated CTV network.

He left the CBC when the pubcaster merged its drama and comedy divisions and unveiled a slimmed-down primetime schedule to deal with a deep chop to its annual subsidy from the federal government.

Hastings also departed after Sally Catto returned to the CBC after a stint developing Canadian scripted comedy and drama production at indie producer Cineflex Media.

At Bell Media, Hastings will report to Trish Williams, director of independent drama production.