CanWest takes wraps off sales team


TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CanWest Global Communications Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a new sales team assembled in the wake of its acquisition of rival Alliance Atlantis Communications.

CanWest Global said its sales force, to be headed by former Alliance Atlantis executive Errol Da-Re, will include Catherine Bridgman as senior vp of marketing ventures and Kathy Gardner as senior vp of integrated media research and corporate promotions.

Other veteran CanWest Global executives to continue after the current makeover include Brad Kubota, senior vp of revenue and inventory management; Lori Legault, vp of national sales; and Jennifer Holgate, vp of digital sales.

Earlier this month, CanWest Global -- working with U.S. equity partner Goldman Sachs & Co. -- secured final regulatory approval to acquire Alliance Atlantis' 13 cable channels and combine them with its existing Global Television network to create a new broadcast entity.

The Canadian broadcaster will hold a 35% equity investment in the Alliance Atlantis/Global Television entity and 66 2/3% of the voting shares.

Goldman Sachs, in turn, will retain the balance of both equity and voting shares, and has an option to cash out of the venture in 2011.