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Former Tribeca Film Institute head Beth Janson is returning to Canada to lead the organizer of the country’s film and TV awards.
Janson was executive director of the TFI, the year-round nonprofit founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, from 2009-15. She left Tribeca last year to become the founding director of the Rent the Runway foundation, helping women become entrepreneurs and build successful companies.
Janson will now become CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television on June 1, succeeding Helga Stephenson, who resigned in February and will step down on May 31.
“It is particularly gratifying for us at the Academy to be reversing the brain drain to the U.S. and bringing [Janson] home as our new CEO,” chair Martin Katz said Wednesday in a statement.
Janson first joined Tribeca in 2003 and helped develop its signature programs, including the TFI New Media Fund and Tribeca All Access, a grant and networking program for minority filmmakers.
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