Corus Entertainment in Canada has rearranged its television division, putting Maria Hale atop a new team that will oversee linear and non-linear content.
Hale has been recast as VP of television and head of digital and content distribution, the Toronto-based company said Thursday. She previously led programming and production at Corus, and is credited with the revival of its women-aimed W Network and the newly launched ABC Spark.
Her team will handle the “the creation, acquisition and distribution of linear, non-linear and interactive content” said Corus. It includes Gordon Lee, VP of affiliate sales and the recently hired Christina Litz, VP of digital content and engagement.
New arrival John MacDonald will, meanwhile, take over Hale’s old job as the division VP of programming and production, starting October 15. MacDonald was previously chief operating officer and the executive VP of programming at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. He crossed paths with Corus during the launch of its Canadian version of OWN.
He will oversee Corus programming including content production, acquisitions and scheduling across its various specialty and pay channels. The company also owns the pay service Movie Central, the kidcaster Treehouse and shares the HBO Canada brand with Astral Media.
Both he and Hale will report to Doug Murphy, executive VP and president of television at Corus Entertainment.