Candian NFB taps Perlmutter

Exec starts his new job June 11

MONTREAL — Seasoned Canuck filmmaker and exec Tom Perlmutter has been named head of the National Film Board of Canada, the country’s publicly funded film studio known for its socially aware documentaries and Oscar-winning animated pics.

He replaces Jacques Bensimon, who’s held the top job at the Montreal-based film-production studio since 2001. Perlmutter starts his new job June 11.

Perlmutter spent the past six years as director general of the English program at the NFB. During his tenure, the NFB garnered its first Emmy nomination, four Oscar noms and two Oscar wins (for the animated shorts “Ryan” and “The Danish Poet”).

Prior to joining the NFB, Perlmutter was the head of documentaries at Barna-Alper Prods., and he also created and produced the award-winning series “The Turning Points of History” and miniseries “The Sexual Century.”

“I am passionate about the National Film Board,” said Perlmutter. “It is, I think, one of the most vital cultural institutions in the world today — a distinctive and original Canadian creation, loved at home and admired internationally.”

Earlier in his career, he was director of creative development for CineNova Prods.

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