Canadian Film Pioneer MICHAEL SPENCER;
SPENCER, MICHAEL DESBOIS (England, 9 November. 1919- )
Former producer and director at NFB, who for almost a decade played a key role in the Canadian feature film industry as the executive director of the Canadian Film Development Corporation. He came to Canada in 1939 and joined the Canadian Army Film Unit and later the National Film Board. In 1950 he headed Unit D (responsible for international affairs and special projects) and in 1960 became director of planning. In this capacity he played a major role in the discussions that led to the establishment of the CFDC in 1967. He served first as acting secretary and was named director in 1969, remaining until his resignation in 1978, and his first activities in the film industry outside of government service.
Opinions differ markedly about the quality of his contribution at the CFDC but it is indisputable that, during his tenure, the film industry in Canada was irrevocably transformed.
(Used with permission by the author; Peter Morris; "The Film Companion - A Comprehensive Guide To More Than 650 Canadian Films & Filmmakers.