CBC today announced that Gave Lindo has been appointed Executive Director, OTT Programming. Reporting to Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC, Lindo will lead and evolve OTT content strategies and partner with all internal teams to ensure the continued growth and expansion of CBC’s over-the-top streaming service, including the CBC TV streaming app for iOs and Android and cbc.ca/watch. Lindo will also oversee CBC’s slate of original digital content for all platforms.
“Gave will bring a wealth of experience to this role, both from his time spent outside of CBC and from his most recent role as Senior Director and Chief of Staff, Programming. His strong leadership and strategic abilities will be invaluable to CBC as we continue to evolve our streaming strategies in response to audience and market trends,” said Catto.
To ensure the highest quality volume of content for CBC’s growing streaming library, Jenna Bourdeau has made the decision to focus exclusively on overseeing the acquisition of Canadian and international programming for all CBC linear and streaming platforms as Senior Director, Acquisitions, reporting to Catto and collaborating with Lindo on OTT strategies.
“Jenna’s strong creative and strategic instincts will be essential as we work to expand our linear and streaming slates with a wealth of distinct Canadian programming, as well as a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world,” added Catto.
Prior to rejoining CBC in December 2017, Lindo served as Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation, where he was responsible for the leadership, operations and execution of mandate for all of the festival and foundation’s programs, partnerships and initiatives. In addition to evolving the festival’s programming vision to include Virtual Reality, gaming, and television content, he created Canada’s leading social issue content summit, Media Impact Conference, and formed partnerships with organizations such as AJ+, Right to Play and RYOT.
From 2009–2015, Gave worked with CBC’s Business and Rights team, and was named deputy director in 2013. He also chaired the CBC/Radio-Canada Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Committee between 2011–2015. Before CBC, Lindo was an associate with Fasken Martineau, LLP, where he practiced corporate dispute resolution with a focus on information technology and media.
Lindo currently serves on the boards of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Laidlaw Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, the University of Toronto’s Public Good Initiative, SMI Foundation, and Canada’s Top 10. He is also a strategic advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator, NOW Magazine, and Ryerson University’s SocialVenture Zone.
Bourdeau joined CBC in 2014 as Senior Director, Acquisitions. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Distribution for Canada’s Proper Rights. She was previously co-president at BuzzTaxi Communications, a distributor she co-founded in 1999 with Natalie Vinet, which was acquired in 2013 by Proper.
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