CORUS’ PRESIDENT OF NELVANA SCOTT DYER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; PAM WESTMAN NAMED AS SUCCESSOR
TORONTO, August 28, 2019 – Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) (“Corus Entertainment”) announced today the retirement of Scott Dyer as President of Nelvana Limited (“Nelvana”) effective August 30, 2019, with current Head of Nelvana Enterprises Pam Westman named as his successor.
As a valued member of the Nelvana and Corus team for the past 22 years, Dyer has made a significant contribution to Nelvana’s growth and success as one of Canada’s premier animation companies and a globally recognized producer and distributor of children’s content.
“Nelvana has a long history of producing world-class properties and I have truly valued the process of championing and working on creative content alongside such a talented team,” said Scott Dyer, reflecting on his tenure. “I am excited about this next chapter for both myself and Nelvana and look forward to seeing our great pipeline of stories and characters come to life as the business continues to evolve.”
During Dyer’s tenure at Corus, he held a number of important roles including Head of Nelvana Studios, President of Nelvana, Executive Vice President of Corus Kids and Chief Technology Officer, where he oversaw the design and construction of Corus Quay in Toronto. Dyer’s experience includes successful shows like Rolie Polie Olie, investment and deployment of digital animation technology as well as cultivation of new co-production partnerships, and recent investments in Nelvana’s award-winning first animated short feature-quality film The Most Magnificent Thing.
“Scott has been an invaluable contributor to the success of Nelvana over the years and he has laid the groundwork for our success in the future,” says Colin Bohm, EVP Content and Corporate Strategy. “We are thrilled to have Pam bring her own vision, strong leadership and breadth of experience to the role, and are confident in her abilities to lead the team as we focus on raising the bar on creative and evolving our company to own more content.”
Pam Westman, who has been the Head of Nelvana Enterprises since 2016, has been instrumental in expanding Nelvana’s content slate and has played a leading role in establishing the company as the premier licensing agent in Canada focused on character licensing. With 20 years of experience within the kid’s entertainment industry, managing key children’s brands and their revenue streams, Westman has led businesses to strong growth across various markets.
“Building on the instrumental work Scott has dedicated his career to, I look forward to finding new ways to grow Nelvana, develop global content relationships, maximize strategic growth opportunities and prioritize investment in creativity,” says Pam Westman, Head of Nelvana Enterprises.
Westman will take over as President of Nelvana beginning September 3, with Dyer remaining on as a consultant for a one-year period to support the transition.
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.
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About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
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