Shaw Shuffles Senior Management

August 27, 2015

More senior management change at Shaw Media this week.

Sarah Jane Flynn is set to leave Shaw Media as senior director of original factual content, where she programs for Global Television and specialty channels History, National Geographic Channel and Slice. Flynn’s TV credits at Shaw Media include reality series like Ice Pilots NWT, Border Security and Yukon Gold, in addition to live events and game event shows like Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards and Canada Sings.

Emily Morgan, senior director of original lifestyle content, left Shaw Media a few weeks ago after holding that position for five years.

Tara Ellis left Shaw Media in late April as long-time senior director of original drama content, having programmed scripted television for channels like Showcase and History Channel.  Her departure coincided with Rachel Nelson being promoted to director of drama content at Shaw Media, and Lisa Godfrey moved up to head of original content.

Godfrey now oversees all Canadian programming for Global and 10 specialty channels, including History, HGTV, Food Network and Slice.  Lisa Godfrey had worked under both Morgan and Flynn as director of programming and scheduling until her recent promotion. Barb Williams took over as Shaw Media president and Christine Shipton was promoted to chief creative officer at the broadcaster.

Some argue that the recent organizational changes at Shaw are due to the broadcaster looking to make progress in a growing digital market. Canadian TV advertising is becoming less and less profitable and Shaw Communications continues to lose cable and satellite TV subscribers as new and established digital options offer more content choices to consumers.

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