Following organizational changes to consolidate its broadcast networks, radio and digital platforms under one umbrella, Toronto, Canada-based Corus Entertainment has widened the remit of business development and corporate strategy EVP Colin Bohm (pictured) to include oversight of the media conglom’s original content teams, including animation and distribution arm Nelvana, Corus Studios, Kids Can Press and Toon Boom.
In his new role as EVP of content and corporate strategy, Bohm will look to optimize growth opportunities for Corus content, both domestically and internationally. With the new structure, Nelvana’s SVP and president Scott Dyer and Corus’ VP of original content Lisa Godfrey will both report to Bohm. No positions will be eliminated as a result of the shuffle, and the roles of Nelvana Enterprises’ chief Pam Westman and Nelvana’s head of development Athena Georgaklis remain status quo.
The reorg also saw the promotion of news and radio stations operations SVP Troy Reeb to EVP of broadcast networks. He will now oversee Corus’ 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations and 15 conventional television stations, as well as digital platforms including Global Go.
Corus returned to growth in Q1 with strong performances from TV and radio driving a 2% year-over-year revenue lift. In an investor call on January 8, president and CEO Doug Murphy said Nelvana is on track to increase its production output by 50% this year.
Nelvana’s most recent activity includes new broadcast sales for Sesame Workshop’s animated series Esme & Roy across Europe, Southeast Asia and MENA; a partnership with Japanese investment company Sumitomo Corporation to produce animated action-adventure series Geki Drive; and the appointment of former Spin Master exec Patricia Burns as executive manager of Nelvana-Discovery JV redknot (The Dog & Pony Show, Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe).