Morris-Mastai leaves CTV for CBC comedy shop

As Canuck TV sector sees management shakeup

TORONTO -- Veteran Canuck TV production exec Samantha Morris-Mastai has left top-rated CTV to join a refreshed comedy shop at the rival Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) network.

The jump by Morris-Mastai, most recently a development and production manager at CTV, follows Sara Snow being named as the new executive in charge of comedy production at the public broadcaster, and Jenny Hacker becoming creative head of CBC comedy (HR, June 8).

Morris-Mastai joins the CBC after a string of homegrown comedy hits, including "Little Mosque on the Prairie," "18 to Life" and "The Rick Mercer Report."

Elsewhere, Joanna Webb has been promoted to vp and head of programming and production at broadcaster Corus Entertainment after a management shakeup last week.

And Erica Benson, vp of programming for pay TV channel Movie Central and Scream, has left the house, while Jocelyn Hamilton, vp of programming and production at Corus Kids Television, is to receive new duties after a new management structure is finally hammered out.

The corporate moves follow Corus earlier this month returning to profit in the third quarter on improved advertising and subscriber revenues, even as senior management reiterated a commitment to cut operating costs (HR, July 15).
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