News | 04/21/2006 4:00 am EDT
The CBC’s quest for a new head of arts and entertainment programming has finally come to an end: Fred Fuchs, an entertainment industry veteran with such productions as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Virgin Suicides to his credit, assumed the role of executive director, arts and entertainment programming on April 3. Formerly president of Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope movie studio, Fuchs has worked with Coppola as well as George Lucas on a variety of feature films and TV mini-series. Although the bulk of his career has been south of the border, Fuchs moved to Toronto five years ago; since then, he’s become a figure in the Canadian independent production community. The executive director, arts and entertainment programming position has been vacant since February, when previous executive director Deborah Goldstein left. Fuchs will work closely with both executive director of network programming Kristine Layfield and executive VP Richard Stursberg.