A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Director General of English Program leaves the NFB

Press release


Montreal, July 11, 2012 - After four and a half years as Director General of English Program, Cindy Witten is leaving the National Film Board of Canada to take on new challenges in the digital sphere. Witten was part of the core senior management team that led the NFB into the digital world. She created the NFB's first digital studio, which has been creating innovative and internationally acclaimed interactive work. Under her leadership the NFB has produced Waterlife, Welcome to Pine Point, Bear 71 and God's Lake Narrows among others. These works accumulated a host of awards, including four Webbys, a Digital Emmy and three Banff Rockies, among many others. The English Program also produced such critically acclaimed features as Payback, Pink Ribbons, Inc., Mighty Jerome and Sarah Polley's soon-to-be-released Stories We Tell. Animation continued its tradition of excellence with films like the Oscar-nominated Wild Life.

“Cindy has been essential to our digital shift,” noted Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner. “She understood early what it would mean to create new kinds of works for the audiences of tomorrow, and she delivered works that remain the gold standard for interactive documentaries. Her passion and intelligence will be missed.”

“I have had a brilliant team and been privileged to work with many of the most talented artists, filmmakers, programmers/designers in the country,” Witten said. “It has been inspiring and a lot of fun.”

Before coming to the NFB, Witten held various programming positions at Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting including VP, History Television, and prior to that she was a journalist/producer with the CBC. Witten plans to work in the digital sphere and will be consulting for start-ups and other small digital companies. She will be leaving the NFB mid-September.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.



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