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Veteran documentary producer Rudy Buttignol is the new interim head of Knowledge Network, as the B.C. public broadcaster completes its separation from the distance education institution Open Learning Agency. That separation is expected to be finalized this summer, at which time a search for a permanent president and CEO for the broadcaster is likely.

The CBC has appointed Mary Quinn, former director of development of Vancouver production house Brightlight Pictures, as the new executive in charge of development and production in TV arts & entertainment. Quinn will look for B.C.-based talent and programming possibilities.

Alan Twigg, author, filmmaker and publisher of BC Bookworld, has been awarded Simon Fraser University's semester-long Shadbolt Fellowship, which begins this spring.

With the questions still surrounding the reformed Smashing Pumpkins' lineup ahead of the band's summer tour, former bassist and solo artist Melissa Auf der Maur confirmed to The Globe and Mail she isn't part of the reunion, "other than being a fan and rooting for them."

Legendary Blue Note jazz label will delve deeper into pop rock territory with French indie-rock chanteuse Keren Ann's self-titled fifth album, which is due in Canada May 22, and Suzanne Vega's Blue Note debut Beauty & Crime, which is due July 17.

Mirvish Productions in Toronto announced that the Toronto production of We Will Rock You, a musical based on the songs of Queen, is receiving its second extension to July 8. New tickets go on sale today.

Toronto film production company Copperheart Entertainment and French producer Gaumont have begun casting for the genetic engineering thriller Splice, with acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro named as one of the executive producers.

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