Phyllis Platt fills in at CBC

Also, Temple Street welcomes Jennifer Harkness

TORONTO -- Phyllis Platt, the architect of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s 1990s primetime schedule, will return to the public broadcaster to replace creative topper Sally Catto during her upcoming maternity leave.

Platt, who left the CBC in 2000 as network program director to become an indie producer, in August becomes acting executive director of arts & entertainment until Catto's return.

During the 1990s, Platt oversaw the development and production of numerous indie series that landed on the CBC schedule, including "This Hour has 22 Minutes," "The Newsroom," "Net Worth" and "Butterbox Babies."

Also Thursday, indie producer Temple Street Productions said it has hired Jennifer Harkness as head of factual and reality development.

Harkness previously was executive director of the Banff World Television Festival, and more recently partnered with New York-based Jumpwire Media to run cross media conferences in New York and London.

Toronto-based Temple Street has a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide that sees the Canadian producer make local versions of formats for which BBC Worldwide has the Canadian rights, while the British partner can acquire international distribution rights to Temple Street product.
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