Executive in Charge of Programming
CBC Factual Entertainment
Lesley Birchard is an Executive in Charge of Programming in the Factual Entertainment department at CBC Television. There she oversees the development and production of a number of series and specials, with a focus on arts programming.
Recent CBC projects include: the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards hosted by Martin Short, the series Four Rooms, Over the Rainbow featuring Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing arts specials Balletlujah, Romeos & Juliets and the Gemini-award-winning Love Lies Bleeding, as well as the Gemini-award-winning Season of Song: The Canadian Tenors and Friends.
Prior to arriving at CBC, Lesley was a freelancer in the Canadian television industry, where she worked as a Producer, Director, Story Editor and Writer on many of Canada`s most successful factual series including Project Runway Canada, Canada`s Next Top Model and Canadian Idol. As a Production Executive for Food Network Canada she had the opportunity to indulge her love of food and oversee production on several series including Glutton for Punishment, Chef Abroad and Dolce Vita.
Currently, Lesley is overseeing the series Of All Places (featuring comedian Jonny Harris), which will hit the CBC primetime schedule in February 2015.