With all the discussions surrounding series characters, plots and actors, one name has been forgotten that played a critical role in bringing Road to Avonlea into existence--Ivan Fecan. On November 10, 2016 it was announced that Fecan will receive an Academy Board of Director's Tribute Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
Ivan Fecan has been in the media industry over 40 years. Beginning at CBC Radio, he produced Quirks and Quarks, then went to Citytv, co-creating CityPulse News. In the 80’s, legendary NBC programmer Brandon Tartikoff recruited Ivan as VP Creative Affairs where he was the executive on such shows as SNL. Returning to Canada as Director of CBC TV Programming, then VP of English Television, he greenlit such programs as Kids in the Hall, Degrassi Junior High, Codco, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Air Farce, Road to Avonlea, Love and Hate, The Boys of St Vincent .
Simply put, without Ivan Fecan's influence, there would be no Road to Avonlea.
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