CBC's Patrick O'Sullivan Leaving Pubcaster to Launch New Metric Media

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Mark Montefiore, left, and Patrick O'Sullivan

The top exec is to join veteran producer Mark Montefiore in running the film and TV production shingle out of Pinewood Toronto Studios.

TORONTO – Patrick O’Sullivan is the latest senior executive to leave the cash-strapped CBC to enter indie production.

O'Sullivan, who joined the Canadian public broadcaster in May 2010, is leaving his post as executive in charge of production to join veteran film and TV producer Mark Montefiore in launching New Metric Media.

The film and TV production house will be based in Toronto at the Pinewood Toronto Studios facility.

Montefiore, who runs Montefiore Films in Toronto, produced Cas & Dylan, the Richard Dreyfuss- and Tatiana Maslany-starring road movie, and Picnicface.

O'Sullivan held positions at CTV and the Canadian Film Center, where he ran the primetime TV writer’s program and the NBCUniversal content creator program, before joining the CBC.

The Canadian pubcaster earlier saw former unscripted TV boss Julie Bristow leave to launch her own production shingle, Bristow Global Media, and programming topper Kirstine Stewart now runs Twitter's Canadian operation.

The New Metric Media slate includes two unspecified series in development with Canadian networks, and an upcoming shoot for a theatrical comedy, Ramingtons: Men of Steel.