The Canadian Film and Television Production Association has hired Norm Bolen as its new president and CEO. Bolen replaces Guy Mayson, who stepped down last week. Known as a man with an extensive knowledge of broadcasting and production issues, Bolen has held several high profile jobs in the industry. He is currently chair of the Banff World Television Festival, co-Chair of the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and a Director of the National Screen Institute. In addition, he has been a consultant and a director with mDialog, a web-based platform that distributes high resolution video. Bolen has also worked as executive VP, content, for Alliance Atlantis Communications where he oversaw programming responsibility for 13 Canadian specialty networks. He also led Alliance Atlantis’ web based and emerging new media content and all broadcast operations, according to a statement. A former journalist, Bolen also worked for 21 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a reporter and executive. His last post at the CBC saw him become head of the Network Television Current Affairs. In welcoming Bolen, Sandra Cunningham, CFTPA chair, said throughout his career, the new CEO has been a champion of Canadian content. “It is a challenging time for Canadian independent producers and the CFTPA needs an advocate like Norm at the helm,” said Cunningham. Bolen is expected to start his job on April 15.