Jenny Hacker Exits as Canada's CBC Splits Drama and Comedy Divisions

The exec last year oversaw a consolidation of the scripted division as the cash-strapped pubcaster faced mounting government budgetary chops.

TORONTO -- Jenny Hacker is the latest top Canadian Broadcasting Corp. exec to leave the struggling public broadcaster as it backtracks and splits its scripted division into separate drama and comedy divisions.

Hacker, the CBC's former head of comedy, last year was promoted to oversee a merged comedy and drama department as government budgetary chops took hold.

Tom Hastings, the CBC’s creative head of drama, left the pubcaster at that time to make way for Hacker.

Now Hacker is headed for the exit as former Sarrazin Couture Entertainment exec Helen Asimakis is named senior director, drama, and Michelle Daly is promoted to senior director, comedy.

Both will report to Sally Catto, executive director, commissioned and scripted programming.

The latest shake-up at the CBC follows veteran public relations and marketing executive Heather Conway replacing Kirstine Stewart as executive vp English-language services.

Earlier, Patrick O'Sullivan, who joined the CBC in May 2010, left his post as executive in charge of production to co-found New Metric Media.

And Julie Bristow, who departed the CBC in June as head of unscripted programming, recently launched her own production shingle, Bristow Global Media.