Ben Murray, formerly of Halfire Entertainment, also joins Project 10 in the newly created position of VP development and production (Barnsley pictured).
Andrew Barnsley has been promoted to president at Project 10 Productions as the Toronto-based prodco restructures it upper management.
Barnsley is now tasked with overseeing all aspects of Project 10′s business activities, including development and production, and becomes the principal executive of the prodco.
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Exiting the company is Project 10 partner Kevin Foley, who will continue to work with the prodco on some projects as a creative producer. Vernon Wells remains a partner.
Joining the company is Ben Murray in the newly created position of VP development and production, reporting directly to Barnsley.
Previously, Murray was director of business development at Halfire Entertainment and director of business affairs and development at Serendipity Point Films. He also served as a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Murray will look to add more one-hour drama projects, half-hour comedies and sports-focused docs to Project 10′s development slate, Barnsley said. He will also seek out more opportunities for Project 10 to team up with international partners.
Barnsley said the primary goal of any new international partnership is to expand the financing opportunities and audiences for Project 10 shows, while still shooting projects on Canadian soil. “The idea…is to make the kind of shows we want to make in Canada, but have a way to work with international partners,” Barnsley told Playback Daily.
In addition to his new job as president at Project 10, Barnsley also serves as an executive producer on the CTV comedy series Spun Out and the TMN/Movie Central docu-series Sports on Fire. He is also executive producing CBC’s Schitt’s Creek, via Not A Real Company Productions.
Spun Out was scheduled to air on CTV in March following a post-Super Bowl preview but was “suspended indefinitely” by the broadcaster following the arrest of one of the series’ actors, J.P. Manoux. No further updates on the series’ status were available from Bell Media.