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NFB hands veteran exec innovation role

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has named Julie Roy as its director general for creation and innovation, effective immediately.

Julie Roy

She takes on the role with more than 25 years of experience in the film and TV industries, having served six years as the executive producer of the NFB’s French Animation Studio, and spent more than 13 years as a producer.

Her chief mandate will be “to strengthen the NFB’s creative leadership and establish an integrated programming vision in line with the organisation’s strategic plan,” the NFB said.

Claude Joli-Coeur, government film commissioner and NFB chairperson, added: “Julie has the leadership and determination to inspire a vision of programming that encourages team synergy and the production of unique and innovative projects. She is a woman of action and conviction.”

With Roy taking on the new role, Marc Bertrand will become interim executive producer for the French Animation Studio.

“Creating at the NFB should be a unique experience unlike any other in the industry,” Roy said. “To create a project here is to work with a spirit of collaboration, in an environment where the range of talent and artistic approaches motivates us to always do better.

“For creators, the NFB experience brings the artistic and intellectual stimulation that comes with the institution, enriched by the diverse experiences that our employees have to offer. To create at the NFB is to benefit from a platform like no other for having one’s voice heard by Canadians.”

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