Former CBC Exec Julie Bristow Launches Production Company


TORONTO: Julie Bristow, formerly the executive director of studio and unscripted programming at CBC, has established Bristow Global Media (BGM), a content creation company.

BGM will be producing across all genres for both traditional and digital platforms, specializing in consumer engagement and participation beyond the television. The company has already signed a partnership with GroupM Entertainment. It is also partnering with Fresh One Productions, which was co-founded by Jamie Oliver.

“The launch of BGM is the culmination of my life’s work,” said Bristow, the president and CEO of BGM. “We’re entering the market at a unique time. The business opportunities are unprecedented and we have the resources and expertise to create content that speaks directly to today’s consumer in an ever changing global landscape.”

“We are very excited to continue and expand our relationship with Julie Bristow through Bristow Global Media,” added Peter Tortorici, the CEO of GroupM Entertainment. “Our goal to co-create great content that brands want to be associated with is made stronger by this partnership. Julie has a world class reputation for finding, developing and executing on great ideas.”

“We are bullish about expanding our content beyond the U.K., especially in North America and we see our relationship with BGM as a wise part of our strategy—taking our ideas into Canada, and co-producing BGM ideas in Europe,” said Roy Ackerman, the managing director of Fresh One Productions. “Julie has an incredible sense of what hits with audiences and a keen understanding of how to engage viewers on and off-screen.”