Canadian government taps Carolle Brabant

Named new film, TV and new-media czar

TORONTO -- The Canadian government has reached from within the ranks at Telefilm Canada to name Carolle Brabant as the country's film, TV and new-media czar.

Brabant, a 20-year veteran at Telefilm Canada and most recently director of administration and corporate services at the federal agency, will succeed Wayne Clarkson as executive director, effective March 15.

Brabant in 2004 led Telefilm Canada on an interim basis as Ottawa sought a successor for previous executive director Richard Stursberg, before Clarkson officially filled the post in January 2005.

The promotion of Brabant, a chartered accountant by training who also has an MBA from the Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales in Montreal, also comes as French-speaking Quebec takes its turn to fill the top Telefilm Canada post after Clarkson hailed from English-speaking Canada.

Brabant also takes the helm at Telefilm Canada as it gets set to administer the Canada Media Fund, the largest source of subsidies for Canadian primetime TV producers and an amalgam of the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund.
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