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Lionsgate has named digital media entrepreneur Julie Uhrman to the new position of executive vice president & general manager of Lionsgate Over-The-Top (OTT) Ventures. Uhrman’s focus will be on strategy, rollout and growth of Lionsgate’s streaming services. The company is planning a number of online streaming platforms for its 16,000-title film and television library.
Victor Giacomelli has been appointed director of sales for Emmis-New York, which includes Hot 95 (WQHT-FM), WBLS and WLIB. He starts October 26. Giacomelli had been GSM at Bell Media Hamilton and St. Catharines since Sept. 2014. Prior to that he had been with Corus in various positions, the last being VP radio sales with additional responsibility for the Corus Radio Toronto cluster and for managing the relationship with Canadian Broadcast Sales.
Richard Gawlas is new national digital content manager for Corus, working with teams across Canada to execute digital strategies across 39 radio brands. Gawlas comes to Corus with a breadth of experience in digital marketing, media and brand management.
Steve Darling and Global BC have parted ways. In a post on Facebook, the morning news anchor said Friday was his last day with the company and his position had been eliminated. He’d been anchor for 18 years. Before Global, Darling was a producer and host with Vancouver’s 93.7 JRfm (CJJR-FM). He later worked as a sportscaster with CKWX and helped to launch CKWX News1130 Vancouver.
Tom Davies, chief engineer at Corus Radio Edmonton, will retire Oct. 31 after a 45-year career. Davies started at CHED, which at the time was owned by M. H. Sibbald, Lloyd Moffat and E. A. Rawlinson, on Nov. 1, 1971 as assistant engineer under Clint Nichol. In 1978 Davies was appointed chief engineer, a position he has held over the course of a number of ownership changes.
Dylan Black, who had been a part-time weekend announcer on boom 99.7 Ottawa, has moved to full-time evenings and weekends on boom. Prior to joining the Corus station he was morning show host and APD at Torres’ then-DAWG Ottawa.
Mandi Hemmerling is the new client services director at Newcap Radio Edmonton. Hemmerling moved from Corus Edmonton where she had been creative director for 16 years. Matthew Souch has also joined Newcap Edmonton as creative writer. He moved from Corus Edmonton where he started his career in 2012 after graduating from BCIT.
Ken McFarlane is the new GSM for Harvard Broadcasting’s Hot 107 (CJNW-FM) and 95.7 Cruz FM (CKEA-FM) Edmonton, succeeding David Humen who had resigned for personal reasons earlier. MacFarlane worked most recently with the Saskatoon Media Group. He also worked with Rawlco Radio in Regina, Prince Albert and Calgary.
Terry MacLeod, host of CBC Manitoba’s Weekend Morning Show has announced his retirement. A PEI native, MacLeod started in 1983 at CBC Thunder Bay as a freelancer. Since then, MacLeod produced and guest hosted on Morningside with Peter Gzowski and guest hosted CBC Radio Toronto’s Metro Morning, Morningside in the Summer, Sounds like Canada and As It Happens. He hosted and co-hosted CBC Manitoba’s weekday radio morning show for almost 20 years, until sidelined by heart surgery. After recovery, he returned to host the Weekend Morning Show, where he has been for the past three and a half years. MacLeod turned 65 on Sept. 30. His last show will be Dec. 19.