Canadian producers hail Julie Roy’s appointment as Telefilm Canada exec director and CEO

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Source: Yannick Grandmont

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The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has welcomed the appointment of incoming Telefilm Canada executive director and CEO Julie Roy.

Commencing on April 3 Roy will serve a five-year term and arrives from National Film Board of Canada, where she has served as director general and programming chief officer | creation, distribution and marketing since 2020 and oversaw French- and English-language production sectors across the country.

The executive replaces Christa Dickenson, who stepped down in September, and brings nearly 30 years of expertise in the Canadian film industry with an emphasis in production and marketing.

CMPA president and CEO Reynolds Mastin stated that Roy brings nearly 30 years of experience in the Canadian film industry, including as a former producer. She will be a strong advocate for Canadian producers and stories on the global stage. As a former producer, we are confident that she will be a strong champion of Canadian producers and stories both at home and on the global stage.”[Roy’s]Robert Spickler, chair of Telefilm’s board, hailed the appointee as “a proven bilingual leader who is well versed of the current challenges facing the audiovisual industry” and “an ardent advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion on both sides of the camera”.

Roy added, “The country’s digital landscape is in a state of change and the challenges ahead are significant and exciting. There are many opportunities ahead of us. These opportunities are ours to seize. Telefilm Canada’s mission is more relevant than ever.”

The Telefilm Canada recruitment process began in June 2022. It considered candidates from Canada and abroad. The selection committee included representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Privy Council Office, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Francesca Accinelli stepped in as interim executive director and CEO following Dickenson’s departure last year.

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