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ROGERS’ ROBIN MIRSKY ELECTED CO-CHAIR OF HOT DOCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NEW DIRECTORS JOIN FESTIVAL’S EXPANDED BOARD

TORONTO November 26, 2009 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Robin Mirsky, executive director of the Rogers Group of Funds, was elected co-chair of the organization’s board of directors at its recent annual general on Tuesday, November 24. Ms. Mirsky assumes the position from Norm Bolen, president and CEO of the Canadian Film & Television Producers Association (CFTPA), who stepped down as co-chair at the AGM after four years of inspired leadership, but will continue his valuable contributions as a board director.

“Norm Bolen is one of the most recognized, respected and accessible figures in the film and television community in this country. He is also extremely supportive and terribly funny. Robin Mirsky has funded hundreds of Canadian films and television series and worked with almost every leading filmmaker in Canada. And she’s pretty hilarious too. Hot Docs has been very fortunate to have them both on its team,” said Chris McDonald, executive director of Hot Docs.

Ms. Mirsky joined Rogers Communications in 1989 and the Hot Docs board in 1999. In addition to the day-to-day management of the Rogers Funds, she has provided strategic input into a number of successful filings by Rogers to the CRTC, including most recently, the acquisition of Citytv. Ms. Mirsky will share her co-chair duties with Michael McMahon, president and executive producer of Primitive Entertainment.

Recently expanded, the board also welcomed several new members, including:

Robert Pattillo. Mr. Pattillo is executive vice president, marketing and communications, for DundeeWealth Inc. He is one of Canada’s senior brand and category marketing specialists and is widely recognized as a leading corporate issues manager.

Neil Tabatznik. Mr. Tabatznik is chairman and CEO of Cobalt Pharmaceuticals, one of the fastest growing generic pharmaceutical companies in Canada. He has also served as executive producer for SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL (2007).

Lalita Krishna. Ms. Krishna is a Toronto-based filmmaker whose work has been broadcast nationally on all major networks, and featured at film festivals around the world. She specializes in documentaries about children and teens making a difference in the world. She is a co-chair of DOC Toronto.

Julia Ivanova. Trained at the Russian Film Institute, Ms. Ivanova immigrated to Canada in 1995 where she concentrated on creating documentaries. Her film FATHERHOOD DREAMS was nominated for a CFTPA Indie Award in 2009. She is a board member of the BC Chapter of DOC.

Danijel Margetic. Over the last four years, Mr. Margetic has produced, directed and wrote more than 20 films of various genres and lengths, which have earned him multiple awards, including the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award. He sits on the board of DOC as the Advocacy chair.

Hot Docs also thanks departing director Andrea Nemtin of PTV Productions for her six years of inspiring service.

Hot Docs
Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 17th annual edition from April 29 – May 9, 2010. An outstanding selection of 150+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 & 6, and The Doc Shop. For more information please visit www.hotdocs.ca.

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