Proper Television

Marblemedia hires Proper TV’s Mike Armitage and ups Kelsey Espensen in factual push

Canadian prodco Marblemedia has hired Proper Television exec Mike Armitage as its new development producer for factual & factual entertainment. The appointment comes as part of an expansion of the development team to drive unscripted growth, with exec Kelsey Espensen also seeing her role expanding to become development producer for unscripted entertainment & formats. In […]

Proper TV rejigs senior team

Canada’s Proper Television has made a number of changes to its senior team after Boat Rocker acquired the company last September. Despite the acquisition, Proper will continue to operate as a separate entity from its parent company. The new changes will see Allison Grace, who joined the company in 2014, now become vice president of […]

Formats house Bristow targets US with new development VP

Toronto-based Bristow Global Media (BGM) has promoted Sean Connolly to the new position of vice president of development. The new position was created as the company expands its unscripted content, with a focus on creating original formats for a global audience and tailoring international formats for North America. Connolly will have an immediate focus on […]

Boat Rocker buys Proper Television

There’s more consolidation in the Canadian TV sector, this time with Boat Rocker Media buying the principal assets of compatriot Proper Television. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, means Toronto-based Boat Rocker takes over the distribution library of Proper, which houses sales unit Proper Rights, and takes over its 35,000sq ft facility. […]

Proper TV president Guy O’Sullivan passes away

      Canada’s Proper Television is in mourning after the unexpected passing of Guy O’ Sullivan, its founder and president. O’Sullivan launched the company in 2004 and had success with local versions of formats such as CTV’s MasterChef Canada and original series, including Vegas Road Rats for Discovery Channel. He died over the weekend. […]

Kuzmyk joins Proper Rights

Jenn Kuzmyk has joined the distribution wing of Canada’s Proper Television. Prior to joining Proper Rights as director of distribution, she was VP, development at Toronto-based Boxing Cats Productions. Before that she spent five years with Cream Productions and spent also spent a decade as an entertainment industry journalist at C21Media. At Proper, she will […]

Sean Connolly joins Canadian producer

Canadian executive Sean Connolly is joining Marblemedia as VP, primetime unscripted development. Reporting to co-CEO and executive producer Matt Hornburg, Connolly joins as part of an ongoing push into primetime programming at the Canadian production firm. Connolly is former exec at Our House Media, Red Apple Entertainment and Proper Television. He is also behind CBC […]

News brief: Proper expands development team

Canadian factual prodco Proper Television has expanded its development team by hiring producer Lisa Gabriele. She will be director of development, reporting into Proper president Guy O’Sullivan. Another new recruit, former Antica Productions exec Mike Armitage, is also joining as development producer. Armitage will report to Gabriele, who has produced shows in Canada such as […]

BuzzTaxi makes first sales under Proper banner

Toronto-based distributor BuzzTaxi Communications has closed its first deals since being acquired by Proper Television earlier this summer. In June, Proper acquired BuzzTaxi and announced plans to rebrand it as Proper Distribution, though it was still operating under its former name as it scored deals with broadcasters in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. […]

Canada’s Proper buys distributor BuzzTaxi

Canadian factual entertainment producer Proper Television has made the move into distribution with the acquisition of BuzzTaxi Communications. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed but it is for 100% of BuzzTaxi, which will now operate under the name Proper Distribution. There will be no job losses, with BuzzTaxi founders Jenna Bourdeau and Natalie […]