Ivan Fecan

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Ivan Fecan /ˈfɛtsæn/ is a Canadian media executive producer 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 exited. He is now an investor and executive chair of Thunderbird Films. He is also the producer and executive producer of the hit Canadian sitcom Kim's Convenience.[3] On September 5, 2017, Fecan was appointed Interim CEO of Thunderbird, in addition to his other roles there.[4]

He is the recipient of the American Marketing Association Hall of Legends.[5] Fecan was named person of the year by entertainment industry magazine Playback in 2006, person of the decade in 2011,[6] and inducted into the Playback Hall of Fame in May 2016.[7]

Fecan currently sits on charitable boards at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Royal Conservatory of Music Advisory Council.[8]

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.[9]

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  1. ^ "President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia; Chief Executive Officer, CTV Inc". CTVglobemedia. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. ^ "FECAN, IVAN". The Museum of Broadcast and Communications. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Ivan Fecan: The producer bringing popular play Kim's Convenience to TV". The Globe and Mail. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS AT THUNDERBIRD ENTERTAINMENT".
  5. ^ IVAN FECAN - MHOL 2013 BUILDER.
  6. ^ Decade in Review: Ivan Fecan is Playback’s Person of the Decade
  7. ^ Playback’s 2016 Canadian Film & TV Hall of Fame: Ivan Fecan.
  8. ^ [1].
  9. ^ "Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan urge graduates to give to society". YFile, June 18, 2008.

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