Ivan Fecan

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Ivan Fecan /ˈfɛtsæn/ is a Canadian media executive and philanthropist. Fecan was the president and CEO of Baton Broadcasting and its successor CTVglobemedia from 1996 to 2011, and CEO of the CTV Television Network from late 1998 to 2011.[1]

Fecan was born in Toronto in 1954.[2] He attended York University, receiving a BA in Fine Arts. In 1984, at the age of 31, Ivan was offered a job with NBC. He served as their vice-president of creative development for two years, before returning to Canada to become director of television programming for CBC Television in 1987. Some of the shows that Fecan ushered in during his tenure at CBC include Degrassi High, Road to Avonlea, The Kids in the Hall, Royal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Fecan left CBC and joined Baton Broadcasting in January 1994 as senior group vice-president, and became executive vice-president and chief operating officer in January 1995. Fecan became president and CEO of Baton in 1996. Fecan built Baton into a cross-Canada broadcasting powerhouse by purchasing or launching CTV affiliates in nearly every major market in the country (thus enabling itself to be renamed CTV Inc.) The new CTV organization in 1999 purchased Netstar Communications, owners of TSN. This made CTV an important player in Canada's cable television industry.

In 2000, CTV was purchased by Bell Canada Enterprises. BCE immediately merged CTV with The Globe and Mail to form Bell Globemedia, later renamed CTVglobemedia, of which Fecan became president and CEO. Although BCE sold its controlling interest in the company in 2006, it then bought out the company's broadcasting assets entirely in 2011, at which point Fecan retired, and Bell executive Kevin Crull was named the new head of the renamed Bell Media.

Fecan was named person of the year by entertainment industry magazine Playback in 2006 and person of the decade in 2011.[3]

Fecan has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University.[4]

His recent for-profit Boards include CTVglobemedia and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Fecan currently sits on charitable boards at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation and the Royal Conservatory of Music Advisory Council [5]

With his wife Sandra Faire he has made major philanthropic gifts to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Four Seasons Centre, National Ballet of Canada, Canada's National Ballet School, Soulpepper Theatre Company, UHN- Toronto General Hospital , and York University.[6]

Alice in Wonderland "had a successful run in Los Angeles with the help of a gift from board member Sandra Faire and her husband, former media tycoon Ivan Fecan".[7]

His wife Sandra Faire, also a former CBC television producer who currently heads her own production firm, Sandra Faire & Associates.[8]

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