Jeff Hersh, Vice President, Data and Advertising Platforms at Bell Media, is joining New Metric Media, the producer behind Crave/Hulu original comedy series Letterkenny, as it expands from an indie production company to a comedy-focused entertainment studio. As part of a reorganization, Hersh has been appointed New Metric’s first Chief Operating Officer, while comedy executive Bill Lundy (Run the Burbs), formerly of Pier 21 Films and Bell Media, has been hired as Senior Vice President, Comedy. Hersh will focus on corporate strategy and driving strategic growth via acquisitions, partnerships and raising capital as well as further monetization across all lines of business. Lundy will focus on broadening and strengthening the company’s slate of comedy brands and roster of talent across scripted, sketch and stand up for multiple platforms including television, live entertainment, merchandise and licensing. Veteran industry executive and WildBrain co-founder, Steven DeNure, continues to serve as Strategic Advisor.
Ramneek Gill has a new role within Bell Media, moving from General Manager of CTV News Channel to GM of CP24 and CTV News Toronto. Gill joined Bell in 2013 after a nine-year stint with CityNews and CP24 where she started her career as a Ryerson University grad answering phones and chasing down news tips at CityNews.
Deb Matejicka is Global Calgary’s new weekend weather anchor at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. The station’s community reporter for the last three years, prior to joining Global in 2018, Matejicka worked with The Weather Network as a reporter and videojournalist.
Lisa Steacy, who has been a Digital Producer with CityNews Vancouver for the last two and a half years, is joining the digital team at CTV Vancouver. Her last day with Rogers Sports & Media is March 14.
Tara Overholt is leaving CityNews Calgary and journalism as she joins Parkland Corporation as a Senior Communications Specialist. Prior to joining CityNews in 2018, Overholt was with CTV London for more than a decade as co-anchor of CTV News at Six and CTV News at 11.
Dames Nellas has joined Sam East on the Virgin Radio (CKFM-FM) Toronto weekday afternoon show from 3 – 7 p.m. Nellas, who doubles as the station’s music director, has also been hosting the Virgin Radio Weekender on Sunday evenings in addition to other time slots.
Kevin Getz is part of the new team behind CBC’s relaunch of Street Cents on TikTok (Read more in our Online & Digital column). Getz, who was most recently on-air at 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM) Toronto, joins as Series Producer. He’s also held announcing and digital media support roles at Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM) and KiSS (CKKS-FM) Vancouver.
Andrew Wilcox will take over the position of Program Director at 104.9 The Wolf (CFWF-FM) and play92 (CHMX-FM) Regina, effective April 4. Wilcox arrives from Fort McMurray, where he’s been Program Director at 100.5 Cruz FM (CHFT-FM) and Mix 103.7 (CFVR-FM) for the past eight years. Andy Ross hands over the reins of the two stations to concentrate on the position of Director of Brands & Content for Harvard Media, while also serving as Program Director of 96.3 Cruz FM (CFWD-FM) Saskatoon.
Deevo (Devon Jolander), afternoon drive host at play92 (CHMX-FM) Regina, is leaving the station to relocate to his home city of Montreal to host swing at 95.9 Virgin Radio (CJFM-FM). He’d been in his current role since the station’s adoption of the play92 brand in late 2020.
Jeff Molnar is joining Bell Media Winnipeg as Program Director for Virgin Radio (CKMM-FM), Bounce 99.9 (CFWM-FM), Funny 1290 (CFRW-AM) and Bounce 96.1 (CKX-FM) Brandon. Molnar leaves QX104 (CFQX-FM) where he’s been Assistant Program Director and hosted afternoon drive, and prior to that middays, for the last six years. His last day there is March 18.
Jo Dworschak has joined HOT 100.5 (CFJL-FM) Winnipeg and “Mark and Dilly in the Morning” as the show’s new co-host. Dworschak, a stand-up comedian and the founder of Vancouver storytelling show, Story Story Lie, was formerly a producer and host at Co-op Radio (CFRO-FM) Vancouver.
Mike Tagami has left 94.3 The Goat (CIRX-FM) Prince George to join Energy 106 (CHWE-FM) Winnipeg. Tagami had been hosting afternoons and was music director at The Goat. He’s spent his entire career with Vista Radio up until this point, working with its Vanderhoof and Prince George stations since 2018.
Tim Black is temporarily being heard in mornings on Grand 101.1 (CICW-FM) Centre Wellington, ON, while a permanent morning show is recruited. Black also holds down Program and Music Director duties at Cat Country 98 (CIAT-FM) Assiniboia, SK.
Jon Mason has joined Blackgold Broadcasting as Senior Marketing Consultant for the company’s new country station 89.7 The One (CKPA-FM) Ponoka, AB. Mason was previously with Pattison Media in Red Deer for the last 23 years.
Charmaine Crooks and Margaret O’Brien have been appointed as independent members to the Corus Entertainment Board of Directors. Bringing Corus’ total board membership to 12, Crooks is a five-time Olympian, Member of the Order of Canada, and founder of Vancouver-based NGU Consultants. O’Brien is an entertainment industry veteran, holding progressive positions at Entertainment One (eOne), most recently Chief Corporate Development and Administration Officer. She currently offers consulting services to the entertainment industry, specializing in corporate development, operations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Attraction has promoted Nicole Hamilton to EVP, Unscripted English Content, Joey Case into the role of VP, English Factual Content and Lesley Jacobi as Director of Development, English Unscripted Content. Hamilton is promoted from VP, English Content. Since joining Attraction in 2020, she’s been tasked with expanding English-language Unscripted development and production. New commissions under her tenure include Underground Railroad: The Secret History, Crime Scene Confidential and Impossible Repairs. Joey Case is promoted from Head of English Factual Content and will lead the creative strategy and operations for Science/Factual Programming. Lesley Jacobi is promoted from Casting Director, English Unscripted Content after playing an integral role in the development of Crime Scene Confidential. She’ll be responsible for expanding Attraction’s true crime slate. Hamilton and Case are based in Attraction’s Toronto office, while Jacobi works from Montreal.
Thomas Hughes has joined Vancouver-based creator monetization company BBTV as a strategic consultant for its Content Management division, a key pillar of the company’s Plus Solutions. Hughes most recently served as President of Vobile after nearly nine years at Lionsgate, where he was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Distribution. Prior to joining Lionsgate he served as Vice President of Worldwide Digital at MGM.