The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation was established from the proceeds of the estate of the late Brian Linehan, one of Canada’s great journalists and on-air interviewers.
Brian left his entire estate for the purpose of creating a star system in Canada including training, providing work opportunities and promoting young Canadians of exceptional talent.
To date, its range of activities have included support for various programs at the National Screen Institute, scholarships at Humber College, support of the Soulpepper Academy, the Company Theatre, the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG), the Canadian Film Centre, CanStage, Company Theatre, Republic of Doyle, Sheridan College and Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
FOUNDATION ADVISORY BOARD
Michael A. Levine – Foundation Director
Michael A. Levine is chairman of Westwood Creative Artists; a former partner of Goodmans, LLP; executive producer of various fiction and non-fiction films and television properties, executive vice-chairman of The Historica-Dominion Institute; director of Roy Thomson Hall-Massey Hall; director of the Institute of Canadian Citizenship; Chairman of Bravo!FACT; and a director of the National Screen Institute.
Writer and producer George Anthony has enjoyed a long run at CBC as network cheerleader for such projects as Made In Canada, Celine, Royal Canadian Air Farce, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and more. In 2005 he wrote the critically-acclaimed biography Starring Brian Linehan. He is currently CBC’s creative point person on the Rick Mercer Report, watched by more than a million Canadians every week.
Marcia is senior vice president, original content, Blue Ant Media Inc. overseeing all aspects of original in-house and commissioned content for the eight Blue Ant channels. She has held executive positions at Chum Television and CTV leading the development and execution of in-house production and the management and launch of numerous successful specialty channels.
Maxine has worked with Michael A. Levine since 1985 during which time she met and became good friends with Brian Linehan. It is a particular joy to Maxine to be involved as a trustee with The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and to work closely with Michael, Marcia, George and Arthur to watch Brian’s legacy in action.
Retired TV executive, Arthur started in the business in 1953 at CFCF radio in Montreal before moving on to his 36 year career at CTV. He was responsible for the development and supervision of all Canada and foreign produced programs, concluding his time as group vice president, creative director of CTV. In 1999 he was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcaster (CAB) Broadcast Hall of Fame. He has also received a special Gemini Award and the Jack Chisholm Award for Lifetime Achievement.