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TORONTO — Last week former National Film Board of Canada chair Tom Perlmutter attended the Prime Time conference in Ottawa as a newly appointed strategic adviser for the publicly-funded filmmaker.
But Thursday came news that Perlmutter, and the NFB’s director general of its English program, Ravida Din, have been forced from the government agency.
NFB spokeswoman Lily Robert confirmed that Perlmutter and Din were no longer with the NFB, but refused to comment on whether the two executives had been fired on Wednesday.
“We do not comment publicly on human resources matters,” Robert told the Hollywood Reporter.
This week’s shakeup at the NFB marks the latest departures from its executive suite after Monique Simard, director general of the French program, left in early December to take the top job at SODEC, the provincial film-funding agency.
Realscreen on Thursday first reported Perlmutter, who stepped down as Canada’s film commissioner on Dec. 31, and Din had left the building.
Frank Magazine also reported Thursday that Perlmutter and Din were out at the Oscar-winning film producer.
Realscreen published two internal memos from the NFB issued Wednesday that announced the departures.
“I am announcing the appointment of Michelle Van Beusekom to the position of interim director general of the English program, effective immediately. She replaces Ravida Din, who is no longer an NFB employee,” Claude Joli-Coeur, interim government film commissioner, said in one of the memos.
In a second internal memo, Joli-Coeur disclosed that Perlmutter’s tenure as a strategic advisor had “ended,” without explanation on what forced the sudden exit after two months in the post.
The NFB in December, when first announcing Perlmutter’s move to become strategic adviser, talked obliquely about his new role being to “focus on the future of public space, the changing dynamics of creation and new financial opportunities anchored in the NFB’s mandate and its commitment to innovation.”
The NFB in the last two years has cut jobs and closed facilities in response to deep chops to its annual appropriation from the federal government.
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