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Andy Sandilands

Andy Sandilands, 64, on Aug. 12, after a short battle with cancer. Sandilands graduated from Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program in the early 1980s, going on to a career in radio broadcast sales. When Standard Broadcast Sales and Western Broadcast Sales merged to create United Broadcast Sales (UBS), he was one of the first members of the UBS sales team. UBS eventually became Canadian Broadcast Sales (CBS), Canada’s largest radio rep house. While Sandilands briefly left for CBC, he returned to his CBS family where he wrapped his more than three-decade career, retiring in 2019.

Allan Myers

Allan Myers, 59, suddenly on Aug. 10. Originally from One Hundred Mile House, BC and a graduate of BCIT, Myers started his career at BCTV (now Global BC). He went on to roles at Al Jazeera, Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA 9, Temple Street Productions, and TVO, among other freelance work. Myers also worked as a producer/director for National Geographic Canada from 2000-07, directing series “Inside Base Camp” and 2004 documentary “China’s Lost Girls.” He took up the position of Senior Director, CTV National News in 2014. He also directed more than 50 episodes of CTV’s W5 and 2012 reality series, “Canada’s Great Know It All,” in addition to 2012 docuseries “Over the Rainbow,” which aired on CBC and followed Andrew Lloyd Webber as he searched Canada for the girl to play Dorothy in Mirvish’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Terence McCartney-Filgate

Terence McCartney-Filgate, 97, on July 11. Born in England, Macartney-Filgate joined the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer during WWII, flying more than a dozen operations in Europe. After attending Oxford University, he immigrated to Canada. A longtime fan of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentaries, he was eventually hired as a script assistant in 1954 and by 1956 had directed his first film. Among his early projects was NFB’s “Candid Eye” series, 14 half hour shorts that were broadcast on the CBC between 1958 and 1961. In 1963, he was tapped to direct “Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World” when original director Shirley Clark left the project. The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, however Macartney-Filgate was not credited. Among other accolades, he won a Peabody Award for his 1964 documentary, “Changing World: South African Essay.” In the 1970s, he taught in the film department at York University. He eventually retired, but continued to work with Adrienne Clarkson on her CBC-TV program, Adrienne Clarkson Presents. Macartney-Filgate was presented with Hot Doc’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada the same year.