Nigel Hunt

Arts producer

Nigel Hunt is a longtime CBC News producer covering the arts beat. Previously, he served as a magazine writer and editor.

Latest from Nigel Hunt

Battle of the Blades is back and there are going to be bruises

CBC's popular reality TV competition Battle of Blades is back after a six-year hiatus, pitting duos of hockey players and figure skaters against one another to show their graceful moves and raise money for their favourite charities.

How TSO and its new music director plan to attract younger audiences and revitalize classical music in Canada

Newly-appointed TSO music director Gustavo Gimeno faces a daunting task: to revitalize one of Canada's two largest symphony orchestras at a time when some have sounded the death knell for classical music due to aging audiences and increased competition from other forms of entertainment.

Tired of being seen as 'bad guys,' Riz Test creators seek 'human portrayals' of Muslims on screen

Tired of seeing Muslims portrayed as terrorists or oppressed women in TV and movies, a U.K. film buff co-created the Riz Test. Named after British actor Riz Ahmed, it evaluates films and TV shows on how they portray Muslim characters — as nuanced complex human beings or stereotypes.

Amid concerns for participants' mental health, reality show Love Island launches in Canada

The latest hit reality TV show Love Island has raised concerns about the effect of these types of shows on contestants' mental health and whether producers are doing enough.

Seeing music: Groundbreaking deaf musical The Black Drum aims to astound audiences

The Black Drum, billed as the world's first entirely deaf musical theatre production, is part of a growing number of plays that showcase deaf actors and make theatre accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences.

Not your 'grandmother's museum': How Canada's major art galleries are chasing youth

In the age of Instagram and Fortnite, galleries and museums are fighting for attention — and revenue. Here is a look at the bold steps several Canadian institutions are taking to attract new audiences.

'It takes a lot of energy to be that dumb:' Timothy Simons, Veep's Jonah, reflects on show's final season

Timothy Simons, who plays the very tall and very idiotic Jonah Ryan on Veep, explains the art of taking insults and how the rise of Trump challenged the Emmy-winning comedy's brand of political satire.

Be More Chill and the teen-fuelled wave of Broadway musicals

The hotly anticipated opening of Be More Chill on Broadway shows how teens and young adults are hungry for musicals that speak — or sing — to them.

Broadcasting review hears renewed calls for online streaming services to do more to fund Canadian content

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime should be required to pay their fair share toward producing Canadian content, according to some arguments filed during public consultations on an overhaul of broadcast and telecommunication regulations, which wrapped up Friday.

'An incredibly harmful practice': New film Boy Erased exposes dangers of gay conversion therapy

A new movie, Boy Erased, starring Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, shows the harm caused by gay conversion therapy. While largely seen as an American problem, activists in Canada are trying to ban the controversial practice here as well.

New #MeToo ROM exhibit tackles sexual misconduct in the art world

This weekend, the Royal Ontario Museum wades into the #MeToo conversation with a display prompted by sexual misconduct allegations against an artist whose work is being exhibited at the museum at the same time.

'Maybe not an advertisement for space travel,' Molly Parker, star of new Lost in Space, says

Canadian actor Molly Parker stars in the reboot of the sci-fi classic series Lost in Space. The Netflix show was shot in and around Vancouver, with the B.C. wilderness playing the part of a remote planet.

How Lights, IsKwé and other women are making change in the Canadian music industry

As the music industry grapples with issues of inclusion and gender parity, here's a look at how a few women are working to change Canada's music scene.

Language barrier: Why some of Canada's diverse filmmakers are shut out of funding

The most nominated film at this year's Canadian Screen Awards — Ava — couldn't get funding from the federal film agency that sponsored the prize it won.

Female-centric thriller Annihilation faces whitewashing controversy

Taking on the future in the bold, new science fiction movie Annihilation has got writer-director Alex Garland facing issues of the present day.