The RTA School of Media welcomes Bernie Lucht and Shelagh O'Brien

Bernie Lucht, longtime CBC Radio Producer of Ideas and The CBC Massey Lectures, has been appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor, and Shelagh O’Brien, multi-camera music and entertainment director, has been appointed as Visiting Director in Residence with the RTA School of Media. Their appointments are for the 2014-15 academic year.

Lucht retired from the CBC in July 2014 after a career of almost 50 years. Lucht was the executive producer of long-running CBC Radio One program, Ideas, The CBC Massey Lectures, and the Sunday afternoon program of religious and spiritual exploration, Tapestry. Under his direction, Ideas received national and international recognition for the quality of its work.

Shelagh O’Brien is a top-tier music and entertainment live television director, artistic director and producer. She has directed specials with international super stars including Steve Martin, John Cleese, Christopher Plummer, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short, Celine Dion, Leonard Cohen, Andrea Bocelli and Willie Nelson. O’Brien has logged thousands of hours in the director’s chair in every imaginable genre, from prime-time specials and music, to daytime talk, documentary, current affairs, lifestyle, reality, children’s, factual, entertainment and sports. 

O’Brien’s highly respected work as a live multi-camera director has seen her in the role of Creative Director for the Pan Am Games Closing Ceremonies in Guadalajara, Mexico, Second Director for the world feed of the Opening Ceremonies, and First Director for the main world feed of the nightly Medals Ceremonies for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Shelagh has also directed the Canadian Country Music Awards and The Bachelor Canada.

Lucht and O’Brien will engage with RTA students through guest lectures and mentorship opportunities, and serve as ambassadors for the school within the larger TV and radio broadcast communities. “This is a big win for the RTA School of Media” said RTA Chair, Charles Falzon. “We are thrilled to have such top-level talent available to students. Their knowledge and expertise will enrich the students’ experience, and provide a great platform for their ongoing learning and development. RTA extends the warmest of welcomes to Bernie and Shelagh.”