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NEW APPOINTMENTS AT THE NFB
Claude Joli-Cœur becomes Acting Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson;
Colette Loumède becomes Acting Director General, NFB French Program
Montreal, January 13, 2014 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announces that it has appointed Claude Joli-Cœur to serve as Acting Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson, and Colette Loumède as Acting Director General of the NFB's French Program. These appointments follow the departures of Tom Perlmutter and Monique Simard, announced in December 2013.
Claude Joli-Cœur joined the NFB in 2003 and served as Assistant Commissioner and Secretary to the Board of Trustees from June 2007 to January 2014. He earned his law degree from the Université de Montréal and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1979. Mr. Joli Cœur has practised law with the firms of Langlois Drouin and Lafleur Brown in Montreal and served as legal counsel at Telefilm Canada. He has also held various executive positions in the areas of legal and business affairs at Astral Entertainment Group, Coscient Group (Motion International), TVA International and Zone 3 Inc. A specialist in entertainment law and international co-productions, Mr. Joli Cœur has sat on several committees dealing with international co-productions between Canada and a number of European countries.
In addition to his role as Acting Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB, Mr. Joli-Cœur will continue to be in charge of Business Affairs and Legal Services, Strategic Planning and Government Relations, and Corporate Communications.
Colette Loumède has had a brilliant career as a documentary producer, garnering three Jutra Awards, numerous Gémeaux Awards, and many international awards as well. She began her career in the private sector, then moved on to SODEC, and finally joined the NFB, where, for more than eight years, she has been working with filmmakers who have made Quebec cinema famous, including Jacques Godbout, Hugo Latulippe, Richard Desjardins, Robert Monderie, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Patricio Henríquez, André Melançon, Serge Giguère, Luc Bourdon, Paule Baillargeon, Carole Laganière, and Claude Demers. Ms. Loumède also founded the documentary program of Quebec's Institut national de l'image et du son (INIS) in 2007 and served as its director until 2009.
In addition to her role as Acting Director General of French Program, Colette Loumède will continue to serve as Executive Producer at the NFB's Quebec Studio. She has a profound knowledge of the world of film and plans to continue to support filmmaking, in all its present and future forms.
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