Long-Time Shaw Media TV Exec Michelle Kosoy Leaving Post (Exclusive)

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The veteran Canadian broadcaster is exiting as acting director of programming and scheduling, specialty, after 11 years with the network.

TORONTO - Longtime Shaw Media programmer Michelle Kosoy is leaving the Canadian broadcaster of Food Network and HGTV Canada.

Kosoy, who joined then Alliance Atlantis Communications in 1999 as a program executive for HGTV and Food Network, was most recently acting director, programming and scheduling, specialty.

Her last day at Shaw Media, which was rebranded from former AAC and Canwest Global Communications Corp. incarnations and includes the Global Television over-the-air TV network, is today.

There’s no word on where Kosoy is headed next after stick-handling scheduling at Shaw Media for local, U.S. and other foreign series on HGTV, DIY, Slice, Twist, History Television and National Geographic Channel.

But her departure follows a range of Canadian TV execs leaving to take development posts at major indie producers, including Shaw Media's Vanessa Case going to GlassBOX Television and the CBC's Sally Catto joining Cineflix Media and Anton Leo moving to Westwind Pictures.

Before joining AAC, Kosoy completed production stints with NBC Nightly News and the CBC in London, England, before joining the Canadian pubcaster’s Midday series as a producer for ten years to 1998.

Her departure follows a management shakeup last year at Shaw Media, with Christine Shipton being promoted and put in charge of the original programming lineup after the exit of senior vp of lifestyle content Karen Gelbart.

Shaw Media was further divided up into three main divisions -- series acquisitions, original content commissioning and scheduling -- headed up by senior vp Barbara Williams.