Rick Brace Appointed New Chairman of MuchFACT


Rick Brace Appointed New Chairman of MuchFACT

 – Bell Media veteran joins ground-breaking music video, EPK, viral video, and website production fund –

 

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TORONTO (January 9, 2014) – Bell Media’s MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) is proud to announce the appointment of Rick Brace as Chairman of the organization. Brace joins MuchFACT following the tenure of his predecessor David Kines, who had been in the role since March 2011. Brace’s appointment takes effect immediately.

 

Rick Brace is one of the most highly regarded media executives in Canada. Brace recently retired as President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, Bell Media, after a successful, nearly 40-year career. In this role, Brace oversaw the development, commissioning, and scheduling strategies for the company’s specialty channels, including Much, MTV, M3, Discovery, The Comedy Network, E!, Space, and Bravo.

 

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“I am honoured to be a part of an organization committed to funding diverse and talented artists across the country, a fund that has helped to launch the career of some of the most iconic names in Canadian music,” said Brace. “I hope to build on the work that David has done in supporting Canadian musicians and directors, giving them an opportunity to develop their careers.”

 

“We are delighted to have Rick Brace join MuchFACT,” said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. “Rick is a true industry leader, with a passion for showcasing both Canadian talent and the Canadian production community. We know Rick will continue to shape MuchFACT, and ensure its ongoing success.”

“It's been a great honour leading MuchFACT, helping Canadian musicians from coast-to coast-to-coast express themselves through video,” said David Kines. “I'm thrilled that Bell Media's support of this important work will continue in the very capable hands of Rick Brace.”

 

During his tenure at Bell Media, Rick Brace helped re-invigorate the company’s specialty channel division and in-house productions. Brace spearheaded the launch of THE SOCIAL and oversaw THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, ETALK and INNERSPACE, and the annual MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. Brace first joined the company in 1986 as one of TSN’s pioneers, and wasinstrumental in shaping the network’s identity asCanada’s Sports Leader.

 

As MuchFACT Chairman, David Kines oversaw the awarding of almost nine million dollars in funding to over 800 projects for artists such as City and Colour, Dragonette, JRDN, Kayo, Metric, Mia Martina, P. Reign, Serena Ryder, Shad, SonReal, and Wake Owl. Kines was integral in numerous artist successes during his tenure at MuchFACT, including the launch of Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega-hit “Call Me Maybe” which, after receiving a MuchFACT grant in 2011, went eight-times platinum in Canada and currently has more than 500 million views on YouTube.

 

About Bell Media

Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada’s #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada’s #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the Sympatico.ca portal, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.


About MuchFACT

MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) is the ground-breaking music video, EPK, viral video and website production fund, exclusively funded by Much and M3, divisions of Bell Media. MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of many of Canada’s most prominent musicians including Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Dragonette, The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, K-OS, Feist, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Metric, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. MuchFACT has also had a great impact on developing Canadian directors, many of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos, as well as feature films and documentaries. Since 1984, MuchFACT has awarded over 69 million dollars, and funded more than 6,300 projects.

 

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For more information,
Nicola Krishna, Much MTV Group, 416.384.5276, nicola.krishna@bellmedia.ca
Sara McLaren, Much MTV Group, 416.384.6104, sara.mclaren@bellmedia.ca