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NFB Opening Up Sask. Office, Reducing Local Positions

January 27, 2010 6:25 AM | Entertainment

By Tyler Sutherland

The National Film Board of Canada announced Tuesday the expansion of its Prairie division to broaden and develop expertise in multi-platform digital production.

The Montreal-based organization plans to open an office in Saskatchewan and will continue to maintain a strong presence in Winnipeg as a producer. Although, four positions are being abolished in the Winnipeg office, NFB said. Two new producers with digital experience will be hired for the west, and infrastructure costs will be reduced by consolidating administrative duties for the western provinces in NFB’s Edmonton office, a news release read.

“This is about putting less money into infrastructure and more into digital expertise and programming, while ensuring an increased presence in western Canada,” said Cindy Witten, Director General of the English Program of the National Film Board of Canada. “Production levels will be maintained in the Prairies,” Witten added, “and very likely increase as we explore new forms with the considerable creative talent of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.”