BELL MEDIA EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF CANADIAN TV ICON SANDRA FAIRE
TORONTO, March 1, 2019 – Bell Media extends condolences to Ivan Fecan, along with family, friends, and colleagues, on the passing of award-winning television producer and well-known philanthropist Sandra Faire.
“Passionate, creative, and generous, Sandra Faire was fiercely supportive of Canadian talent in arts and entertainment,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “She was a trailblazer for women in film and television whose commitment to excellence helped set the standard for production in this country. She was a true partner to Ivan and will be greatly missed.”
Sandra Faire was the executive producer for a number of award-winning and successful programs for CTV and The Comedy Network, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, COMEDY INC., COMEDY NOW!, and a long list of comedy and music specials.
STATEMENT FROM THE CANADA MEDIA FUND ON THE PASSING OF SANDRA FAIRE
Toronto, March 1, 2019 – It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Sandra Faire – an outstanding leader in Canada’s audiovisual industry, a passionate advocate for the Canadian creative sector, an award-winning television producer and well-known philanthropist.
“At each stage of her stellar career, Sandra left her indelible mark in helping to build the Canadian audiovisual sector,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “A role model for women in the industry, her work has inspired future generations of women producers. We offer our most sincere condolences to her husband Ivan Fecan, their family, and all who were close to her.”
Ms. Faire was Executive Producer of extremely successful and long-running programs such as Comedy Now!, a CMF-funded program, which aired between 1997 and 2001.
CBC STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SANDRA FAIRE
CBC was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sandra Faire.
Faire produced a number of award-winning shows for CBC including Rita and Friends, Anne Murray’s Family Christmas, and many variety specials celebrating Canadian artists and culture. She made a lasting impact in her time with CBC and throughout her career through her work and generous contributions to Canadian culture and society as a whole.
“On behalf of the CBC family, we extend our deepest sympathies to Ivan, Sandra’s life partner, and to her family and all those she touched through her exceptional work and philanthropic efforts,” said Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “Sandra stands out as a beacon of our industry, a formidable force in the creation of some of Canada’s finest productions. She will be missed.”
SANDRA FAIRE, PIONEERING CANADIAN TV PRODUCER, DIES
The veteran reality and variety TV maker produced ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada’ and ‘Comedy Inc.,’ which aired on Spike TV.
Sandra Faire, the veteran Canadian reality, comedy, music and arts TV writer and producer, who worked with artists like Shania Twain, Joni Mitchell and Garth Brooks, died Feb. 27 in Toronto. No cause of death or age was available.
Faire’s TV credits during a near-50 year career included So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Comedy Inc. and Comedy Now, which aired between 1997 and 2001.
Faire worked as a producer in the 1970s at Canada’s public broadcaster CBC, before launching her production shingle and making shows for a slew of local broadcasters. Her death sparked a number of industry tributes for her pioneering contribution to Canadian TV. READ MORE
RIP: SANDRA FAIRE
The pioneering Canadian television producer and philanthropist died Feb. 27 in Toronto. No cause of death or age has been made available.
“She was a trailblazer for women in film and television whose commitment to excellence helped set the standard for production in this country,” Randy Lennox, president of Bell Media, whose CTV channel has a vault filled with Faire’s variety series output, said Friday in a statement.
“A trailblazer for women, she was a driving force and had a special place in the industry. I had the pleasure of working with Sandra for many years, and she will be deeply missed,” Rogers Media president Rick Brace, a former CTV executive, said in his own statement.
Valerie Creighton, president and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, a major Canadian TV financier, said in a statement: “A role model for women in the industry, her work has inspired future generations of women producers.” READ MORE
TV PRODUCER AND PHILANTHROPIST SANDRA FAIRE DIES
Sandra Faire, an award-winning television producer and well-known philanthropist, has died. Faire was the executive producer for a number of successful shows on CTV and The Comedy Network, including “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” and “Comedy Inc.”
Faire was previously a studio director with CTV News’ investigative program W5.
She had also produced successful programs for CBC.
Along with her husband, Ivan Fecan, she made donations to many Canadian organizations and institutions, especially those involved in arts and education. She was also a member of The National Ballet of Canada’s board of directors.
“Passionate, creative, and generous, Sandra Faire was fiercely supportive of Canadian talent in arts and entertainment,” Bell Media President Randy Lennox said in a news release.
“She was a trailblazer for women in film and television whose commitment to excellence helped set the standard for production in this country. She was a true partner to Ivan and will be greatly missed.” READ MORE