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Corus Restructures its Original Content Leadership Team

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Corus Entertainment restructured their original content leadership team, with two new appointments that took effect on February 1. Rachel Nelson is now the vice president of Original Programming at Corus Studios. Mellany Welsh is now the vice president of Nelvana. Both will report to Corus executive Vice President Networks and Content Troy Reeb.

Nelson has extensive experience in overseeing the production and development of scripted and non-scripted programming at Corus. In her new role, she will lead all commissions with the independent production community and work to build out Corus’ slate of original drama, lifestyle, factual, and reality programs. She will also oversee Corus Studios’ continued growth.

Welsh is a long-time leader in Nelvana’s licensing and merchandising business, having partnered with major children’s brands to bring popular characters to the screen and maximize related revenues. In her expanded role, Welsh will now oversee all aspects of Corus’ children’s animation and live-action studio, including book publisher Kids Can Press.

“Amid ongoing changes in the competitive landscape for Canadian programming and building upon many successful years of growing our slate of Corus Original content, the changes announced today support our focus on prioritizing the highest return on investment for our own networks as well as international sales,” said Reeb. “Corus has fostered incredible, creative talent with a legacy of producing great Canadian shows, and I’m confident that legacy will continue to grow under the leadership of Rachel and Mellany.”

Following Monday’s announcement, Lisa Godfrey, senior vice president of Original Programming and Corus Studios, will be stepping down from the role as of January 31. Godfrey led the Canadian originals initiative and helped grow Corus Studios’ distribution business during her 24-year tenure at the company. The role will be eliminated following her departure.

Pam Westman is retiring as president of Nelvana on January 31. During her five years as president, Westman has been key to expanding global licensing and sales of Nelvana’s portfolio and striking major partnerships with international children’s brands.

Jeff Norton, who is the head of Waterside Studios at Corus, will be leaving as well on February 29. Corus will retain both Westman and Norton as consultants for several months after their departure in order to support the transition.

Source: Corus

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is the news editor of Animation World Network.

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