Canucks name association heads

Acting prexy Mayson tapped for producers' group

MONTREAL — The Canadian Film and Television Production Assn. and the Writers Guild of Canada have appointed new presidents.

Guy Mayson, acting prexy and CEO since September, has been tapped as head of the producers’ group. He helmed the group’s film policy and tax agendas, and helped expand co-production initiatives with other countries.

The Writers Guild has elected Rebecca Schechter as prexy.

She is a Toronto-based writer and Canadian Gemini award winner, and has been producer, writer and story editor for many of the country’s top drama series, including “Blue Murder,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “E.N.G.” and “Street Legal.” She also penned the documentaries “Exhibit A” and “72 Hours” and the “Wind At My Back Christmas Movie.”

Schechter replaces Pete White, who stepped down after a 10-year term in December.

“Canadian indigenous drama is in crisis,” Schechter said. “I will work to protect the interests of all our members, while focusing on the fight to rebuild the drama sector of our industry.”

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