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John Christou named Director of Operations for the National Film Board of Canada’s English Program. Stéphanie L’Écuyer now Director of Operations for NFB French Program.


(On the left: John Christou. Photo: courtesy of Prospector Films. On the right: Stéphanie L’Écuyer. Photo: Maxime-Claude L’Écuyer)

January 28, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has two new directors of operation in place for its English and French-language production branches, with the appointments of John Christou and Stéphanie L’Écuyer, respectively.

John Christou

Starting January 28, 2019, John Christou will lead operational oversight across the program’s five English-language production studios across Canada.

Named one of the top Canadian Media Executives under 35 by The Hollywood Reporter, John founded Prospector Films in 2008, where he recently wrapped production on Blood Quantum, the much-anticipated new feature by Jeff Barnaby. He previously served as Producer and Head of Development/Business Affairs at EyeSteelFilms, where he was one of the producers on Yung Chang’s multi-award-winning NFB co-produced feature documentary Up the Yangtze.

John recently finished an Executive MBA at Concordia (2017) and is a former chair of the board and National Board Member at the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Stéphanie L’Écuyer

Since November 2018, Stéphanie L’Écuyer has been Director of Operations for NFB’s French Program, after having worked in the same capacity for NFB English Program since 2017.

Stéphanie L’Écuyer has nearly 20 years of experience in audiovisual production. She first joined the NFB as a legal adviser in March 2007. Prior to that, Stéphanie worked in legal services and business relations for independent producers such as Telefiction, CinéGroupe and Galafilm, where she collaborated on international co-productions as well as television series and Canadian feature films. She has also produced the short films La cloison and Sheng Qi (Souffle de vie).


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