Former Much MTV Group senior vice-president David Kines has been appointed chairman of CTV's MuchFACT, the Canadian music-video funding organization created in 1984 in tandem with the nation's first music video station, MuchMusic.
In addition to his obligation as chair, Kines will continue to work on a multitude of television projects as an independent executive producer. Beverley McKee is MuchFACT's full-time executive director.
"No one knows more about music videos and the impact of music than David Kines," Brad Schwartz, Much MTC senior-vice president and general manager, CTV Inc., said in a statement. "David has a long relationship with MuchFACT, and I couldn't think of anyone better to help evolve the organization than him."
"I hadn't thought of stepping into Bernie's big shoes until Brad approached me," Kines tells Billboard, referring to Bernie Finkelstein, who retired in January after a 26-year tenure. "I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing some great Canadian talent at our board meetings. Helping artists navigate this ever evolving environment to reach their fans will be very rewarding."
Kines parted ways with MuchMusic/MTV in 2008 after 25 years, following CTVglobemedia's takeover of CHUM Limited. Kines' appointment takes effect immediately.
Kines began his career in 1983 as an editor for the music magazine TV program, the New Music. A year later, he helped launch MuchMusic and subsequently held positions as coordinating producer, director of music operations, program manager, vice-president, and senior vice-president.
Since leaving MuchMTV Group, he has been involved in various projects, including executive producer of the 2009 and 2010 "Canada Rocks the Capital" primetime television specials, executive producer of entertainment for Molson Canadian Hockey House at the 2010 Winter Games, and co-executive producer of the 2010 Gemini Awards, honouring the Canadian television broadcasting industry.
"David is a great guy and a very talented broadcast executive," McKee tells Billboard. "I have always enjoyed working with him and admire the enthusiasm he brings to his new position as chairman of this organization."
Formerly known as VideoFACT, MuchFACT was created in 1984 concurrent with the launch of MuchMusic. Over the years, the organization has granted more than $63 million to more than 5,200 projects to help Canadian musicians produce materials, such as videos, EPKs and web sites.