Corus Unveils Teletoon Integration Plan

On the heels of its takeover in December, Teletoon now sits under the new Corus Kids vertical, headed by VP of television Colin Bohm.

Toronto -- On the heels of its CRTC-approved takeover of Teletoon Canada in December, Corus Entertainment has revealed plans for restructuring.

According to a report by Kidscreen, Corus has revealed a divisional restructure based on the programming schedules of YTV and Teletoon being managed separately.

As a result of the purchase, which includes licenses for Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro, Télétoon Rétro and Cartoon Network Canada, Teletoon now sits under the new Corus Kids vertical, headed by VP of television Colin Bohm.

As one of six new distinct business verticals, Corus Kids includes Corus’ kids specialty TV services (YTV, Treehouse, Nick Canada), Nelvana Studio and Nelvana Enterprises.

To incorporate Teletoon’s French-language services, as well as Historia and Séries+, which were also approved in the takeover, Corus has launched a Montreal-based office led by Mario Cecchini, who’s been appointed president of Corus Média and head of Eastern Ontario.

With YTV and Teletoon being managed separately under the new structure, Corus has implemented a system to ensure that programming and scheduling are complementary.

For Corus Kids, Jocelyn Hamilton remains the VP of programming and original productions responsible for overseeing the integrated strategy for kids programming, acquisitions and original production, including Nelvana and third-party content. She will continue to report to Bohm.

On the YTV, Treehouse and Nick Canada original programming side, long-time Corus executive Jamie Piekarz is now director of content, responsible for original programming and acquisitions. She was previously Corus Kids’ director of original programming.

Over at Teletoon, director of content Alan Gregg also adds acquisitions to his responsibilities and now oversees all original content development and production for Teletoon and Teletoon Retro and their respective multiplatform services.

For scheduling executives, Corus veteran Helen Kim is now director or programming for YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, while Katie Wilson takes on the director of programming role for Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada. John Rooney, Teletoon’s former director of programming, has left the company and is now an independent media consultant at johnromedia. Heading up the Teletoon French team as VP of programming, and reporting directly to Cecchini, is long-time Teletoon exec Carole Bonneau.