BCE Inc. has appointed Tom Hastings to an executive position overseeing the production of independent dramas at its Bell Media subsidiary, the company said Tuesday. In a release, Bell said Hastings will “work on the development and production of drama series and movies for Bell Media’s conventional and specialty channels” in his new role. He will report to Trish Williams, Bell’s director of independent drama productions, the release said. Hastings joins Bell from CBC/Radio-Canada, where he served as the creative head of CBC drama, and has prior experience as a production executive at Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., the release said. In July, CBC said Hastings was leaving the Crown corporation after his position was cut due to the broadcaster’s efforts to merge its comedy and drama departments. The appointment is effective immediately, Bell said.