NFB Names René Bourdages New Director General, Creation and Innovation

René Bourdages
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By Pat Mullen

René Bourdages is the new Director General, Creation and Innovation at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The news comes today in a release from the NFB marking Bourdages’s appointment by Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson Claude Joli-Coeur.

Bourdages’s task is to oversee the interactive studios in Vancouver and Montreal and to uphold the NFB’s leadership role in creativity and invention both in Canada and abroad. This role encompasses the oversight of English and French Programs in documentary and animation. Bourdage assumes his new position, which on September 1, 2016.

Bourdages brings to the position over 30 years’ experience in the audiovisual industry, including highly strategic roles in major private and public media groups such as TVA/Quebecor, where he was Executive Vice-President, Broadcasting and Operations, Astral Media, where he held the position of Executive Vice-President of Programming, Sales and Marketing, and CBC/Radio-Canada, where he was President of the Merchandising Division. He also executive produced the 2015 documentary Fukushima: A Nuclear Story.

“I’m delighted with the idea of contributing to the NFB’s leadership by heading up the creativity and innovation of one of the greatest A/V content labs in the world,” Bourdages said in a statement from the NFB. “The NFB must continue to be an exceptional showcase for our vitality and cultural diversity… Our teams must shine a light on stories that deserve to be told, on subjects that resonate with people both here in Canada and around the world. It’s a huge challenge that I plan to take up with great pride and humility.”

“With daring and creativity comes risk,” added Joli-Coeur. “And to continue to be a leader in creativity and innovation, the NFB must keep on doing what it has always done: reinvent itself while at the same time remaining relevant to its audiences.”

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