January 6, 2016
TORONTO, ON — Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director of ACTRA, announced Laurie McAllister has been hired as the new Director of ACTRA Performers’ Rights Society and ACTRA Recording Artists’ Collecting Society.
“Laurie brings a tremendous amount of experience and talent to this role. We’re fortunate to have her putting her insights and knowledge to work in protecting the rights of Canadian professional performers here at ACTRA,” said Waddell.
With a wide range of experience in television including roles in production, development, and business affairs, Ms. McAllister brings with her a keen understanding of the media industry. She came to ACTRA from Bell Media Inc. where she was Director of Business Affairs, In-House Production. McAllister joined ACTRA in October, playing a key role in negotiations for the recently ratified IPA, before replacing Brad Keenan as Director of PRS/RACS in December. As part of the business affairs team at Bell Media, McAllister managed complex business and rights issues relating to original production, acquired content, music, and brand partnership initiatives.
Waddell also announced Elliott Anderson is joining ACTRA as the temporary replacement for Jacob Leibovitch, Director, Public Policy, Research and Communications. Leibovitch will be taking a six-month paternity leave. Anderson brings a variety of experience to the Acting Director role having worked in television news, the labour movement, Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill.
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.
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Carol Taverner, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer
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