2014 Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship: Shasha Nakhai

WIFT-T is pleased to announce Shasha Nakhai as the recipient of the inaugural WIFT-T Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship, providing one WIFT-T member with the opportunity to gain insight and experience in the games and interactive industry. The one-week mentorship will take place onsite at the Ubisoft Toronto studio September 22nd through 26th.

“WIFT-T is very excited to offer this important new mentorship program in partnership with Ubisoft Toronto,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “Shasha is an ideal candidate and will gain valuable insights and contacts in the gaming and interactive industry that will help move her career forward.”

The Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship was established to help develop emerging talent and encourage diversity in the gaming sector.

“At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe passionately that building diverse teams helps us create more interesting games for our fans, and we are excited to provide Shasha with a deep dive into our approach to production at the studio,” says Jade Raymond, Managing Director, Ubisoft Toronto. “We look forward to building the mentorship program with WIFT-T as an important way to inspire and increase awareness about opportunities for women in the games industry.”

Shasha Nakhai is a producer based out of Toronto. Her award-winning short films include The Sugar Bowl (2011), Joe (2012) and Unsinkable (2012), which have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, DC Shorts, LA Shorts, Atlanta, and Aljazeera film festivals. They have also aired worldwide and been released on iTunes. She is currently producing a documentary project for Bravo, directed by Rich Williamson, and working as an associate producer on Driving with Selvi, directed by Elisa Paloschi.

Since graduating from Ryerson University’s Broadcast Journalism program, she has worked with Summerhill Entertainment, CBC Radio, CKLN-FM and Africa Independent Television. She has also worked part-time for the past five years as brand representative with Sony PlayStation. In association with Storyline Entertainment producers Ed Barreveld and Lisa Valencia-Svensson, she has also worked as a production and post-production coordinator and social media manager on high-profile theatrical documentaries such as The World Before Her and Herman’s House.


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A Digital Media Glossary for TV and Film Producers

If you make traditional TV or film you need to know digital media and what it means to both the creative and the financial side of your work. But if it often feels like the terminology associated with this element of the industry is ever-shifting, that’s because it is. As the industry develops and adjusts to new technology, new definitions and preferred terminologies are constantly evolving. Here’s a glossary of where things stand in July 2014 to get you started:

Digital Media: You’ll find this term in applications for the Bell Fund, among others, and it refers to an interactive experience or content delivered through a digital network.  This usually means apps, games, e-books, interactive web sites and webisodes or mobisodes – but the definition is flexible enough to apply to whatever technology or platform we dream up next. Formerly known as New Media – now, all grown-up.

Digital Extensions: This term has the same core meaning as digital media – it’s a digital project that is related to a traditional film or television property. For some funders, webisodes and mobisodes are becoming part of the traditional media package, and could be considered the core traditional project. Subset of Digital Media, see above.

Convergent Media: This term is used prominently by CMF and other funders – and seems to be the preferred term for digital media agencies when describing digital media related to a TV or film project. It’s worth noting that both Bell Fund and CMF ask for convergent media plans in all of their funding applications – so even if traditional media is your focus, you must have a convergent media element to your plans. Buzzword circa 2010.

Transmedia: Sometimes used as a synonym for Digital Media or Convergent Media, transmedia seems to be evolving a more general definition. It increasingly refers to a way of telling stories using multiple platforms, and less to an individual project itself. While it still often used interchangeably with the terms above, for many people, it is starting to refer to the philosophy of native digital storytelling and not to the specific mediums or projects used. In some definitions, transmedia must have participatory elements and allow the user to engage in aspects of the storytelling. Buzzword circa 2013.

Cross-Platform: This term has multiple meanings. Though a few years old, it is still in use today to describe anything from convergent media to making the same content available on multiple platforms such as a book and ebook. Also formerly known as multi-platform.

Whatever they choose to call it, funders are looking for strong digital media plans from their applicants. Television funders in particular are clearly articulating their desire to see strong transmedia possibilities in the projects they fund. But filmmakers should also be aware of this growing priority – many funders will expect to see–at minimum – an online or mobile strategy as part of the marketing plan for a project.

Join us on July 10 at Bar Italia for Digiscape, a case study with Secret Location, a company producing award-winning digital media properties. The process can be as creative and rewarding as developing traditional media – and it can mean the difference between getting funded or not.


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2014 DI Participants Announced

WIFT-T is pleased to announce the five projects and 11 participants selected for the 2014 Development Incubator program.

The Development Incubator is a national initiative, designed to kick start market-driven feature films and support the next generation of Canadian feature film professionals. This intensive four-day incubator examines multiple aspects of feature film development—from writing, to financing, to marketing and distribution—through a series of small group sessions and one-on-one consultations with creative and business experts. Teams receive coaching and feedback instrumental to advancing their market-driven feature film projects to the next level.

TEAM: HERE GOES NOTHING
A “coming-of-a-later-age” comedy about a woman desperately trying to get her life together before the end of her 20s – and f***ing it up in the process.
JORDAN CANNING – WRITERJordan Canning is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. She has written and directed over a dozen short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Interfilm Berlin and TIFF. Her most recent short, THE TUNNEL, premiered at Cannes as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program. In 2012, Jordan directed all 13 episodes of the web series SPACE RIDERS: DIVISION EARTH for ctv.ca. She is developing a number of feature films and recently completed production on her first feature film, WE WERE WOLVES, which is slated for release in 2014.
LAURA PERLMUTTER – PRODUCERLaura Perlmutter is a film, television and digital media producer. In 2012 she co-founded the company First Love Films with Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith. Since then they have produced two feature films, DON’T GET KILLED IN ALASKA and TRIP TO THE ISLAND, along with several shorts that have played at festivals around the world including TIFF and Not Short on Talent at Cannes. She is currently developing several features including THE SUMMER WE RAN, TENZIN and CLAIRE FROM THE BUS and a TV series currently titled THE PORTAL.
TEAM: PROTOTYPE
In the near future, a meek legal temp discovers she is both pawn and victim in a nefarious neurotech corporation’s foray into illegal brain mapping research.
KIRSTEN CARHEW – WRITERKirsten Carthew writes sci-fi thrillers, dramas, and comedies for film, TV and convergent media platforms. Her stories are set hyper-locally in the oddball small towns, remote spaces, and urban jungles she discovers globally. Kirsten has worked in the Canadian, UK, US, and Middle Eastern entertainment industries. She is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre, the London School of Economics, and the University of Southern California.
PABLO SARAVANJA – PRODUCERPablo is a film and media-arts producer, cinematographer, and born and raised Northerner. His independent professional career in the media industry was launched at the Western Academy of Photography where he studied photojournalism, and continued at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School in 2008, where he produced his first film, the award winning short doc, AFTER THE WAR. Pablo is a sought after expert in documentary photography, and media-arts advocacy and education. Pablo is working hard to develop a sustainable and significant film/TV industry in northern Canada.
TEAM: KEELY AN DU
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize nominated play by Jane Martin, KEELY AND DU is a powerful psychological thriller that explores and humanizes the abortion controversy by taking the anti-choice agenda to a frightening new battleground. Freedom and civil liberties collide violently with ideology when a young pregnant rape victim is kidnapped and held against her will.
LAURIE COLBERT – WRITERKEELY AND DU marks the sixth collaboration of award winning Canadian directors Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert, who have focused on creating layered, realistic portrayals of women. Their features include MARGARITA and FINN’S GIRL; their documentaries, MY FEMINISM and THANK GOD I’M A LESBIAN have become required viewing in many women’s studies curricula.
RECHNA VARMA – PRODUCERRechna is a Toronto-based producer with credits including feature films: MARGARITA, THE LAST NEW YEAR; short films: BULLET IN THE HEAD, IF I SEE RANDY AGAIN DO YOU WANT ME TO HIT HIM WITH THE AXE? and THE GUARDIAN. She served as associate producer for the television series THE SMART WOMAN’S SURVIVAL GUIDE (MageeTV/W Network), story producer for PARTY MAMAS (E1/Slice Network), and business affairs associate on the breakout web/TV series PURE PWNAGE (ROFLMAO/Showcase).
TEAM: SCHADENFREUDE
Office jealousy turns violent in this TAXI DRIVER-inspired movie about succumbing to your innermost, bloody desires.
BOBBY DEL RIO – WRITERBobby Del Rio is currently in post-production for his first feature film, THE MARKET. His most recent short film, WE EACH HAVE OUR ARMIES, received rave reviews and was an official selection of the Filmi South Asian Film Festival. Bobby has been a critically acclaimed playwright for over a decade.
KRISTINA ESPOSITO – PRODUCERKristina has produced a number of short films including THE HAIRCUT and GETAWAY CAR, both premiered at the Reel World Film Festival where she was included in the Indie Film Lounge Emerging 20 with her short CAPTIVE LOVE. Her latest short, NEW AND IMPROVED? will be featured in this year’s Lab Cab Festival. As an actress, she has performed in film and television including NOTHING PERSONAL and MONSTER BED. She continues to create film and theatre that features female protagonists, and look at universal stories in a different light.
TEAM: PIZZA BAGEL
Complications arise when a flood forces a Jewish and Italian community center to share one facility.

 

MICHAEL PILLARELLA – WRITERMichael has been writing and acting since 2009. His work has been focused mainly on the independent scenes of Toronto and New York. Raised in a predominantly Italian community just north of Toronto, Michael’s passion for writing has given him an outlet to translate his own observances on the immigrant experience in rural Canada. Michael studied at York University and is an alumni filmmaker of several notable film festivals from around the world, including; the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto Jewish Film Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
JOE MARI - WRITERJoe began working in the film industry in 2008 when he was hired as a screener and press liaison for Maple Pictures. Joe’s first short film, STEALIN’ HOME, won Best Short Film at the 2011 Toronto Independent Film Festival. While his second short film PIZZA BAGEL, which was co-written with Michael Pillarella, went on to screen at the world’s biggest Jewish film festivals, as well as in Times Square as part of the 2013 New York City International Film Festival.  Joe has since re-teamed with Michael to expand PIZZA BAGEL into a feature length screenplay.

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Announcing New Game Industry Mentorship in Partnership with Ubisoft Toronto

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce a mentorship program in partnership with Ubisoft Toronto. The Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship is a unique opportunity for one Canadian producer to gain experience in the games and interactive industry.

“Given the incredible growth of the gaming industry and the increasing consumption of games by women, this mentorship is a step towards providing opportunities for women looking to pursue a career in gaming,” says Heather Webb, Executive Director of WIFT-T. “We applaud Ubisoft Toronto for partnering with WIFT-T to develop emerging talent and for continuing to encourage diversity in the video game sector.”

The one-week mentorship onsite at the Ubisoft Toronto studio will provide the mentee with access to game producers at all levels, along with an understanding of the entire cycle of game production as it relates to Ubisoft.

“I am pleased with the progress the games industry is making to encourage more women to develop games, but we still have work to do,” says Jade Raymond, Managing Director of Ubisoft Toronto. “Mentoring is a powerful tool to help motivate and inspire young talent and I am excited that the Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship will help us raise awareness about game development careers among more women.”

The ideal candidate for the mentorship loves games. She is, at a minimum, a casual gamer, and familiar with AAA, online, and social games. She is a strong communicator, outgoing, organized, detail-orientated, results-focused and has the desire to succeed in the gaming industry. The successful candidate will have 2-5 years of media production experience (WIFT-T Cohort Entry & Emerging.) The mentorship will take place September 22 -26, 2014 at the Toronto Ubisoft studio.

Application materials are now available online and must be submitted by Friday July 11, 2014 to be considered.

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Career Advancement Program: Navigating Workplace Politics

The WIFT-T Career Advancement Program (CAP) is an after-work presentation and networking series providing screen-based media professionals with relevant and insightful career development strategies and tools. Designed to be relevant at all stages of your career, CAP sessions cover broad topics like workplace politics, time management, and career planning, to name just a few. Unlike some of our more intensive programs, CAP sessions are more casual in style – a great place to get inspired, make connections, and learn new skills in a single evening.


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2014 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship: Jillian Tredenick

WFW2014 - Headshot - Jillian TredenickWomen in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Jillian Tredenick as winner of the 2014 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. The competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female production manager with hands-on training and mentorship at William F. White Centre, the company’s world-class production complex in Toronto.

“WIFT-T is pleased to offer this mentorship in partnership with William F. White for the fourth consecutive year,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “This opportunity comes at a crucial stage in Jillian’s career development and will provide her with valuable insights, experience and connections. Congratulations, Jillian!”

Jillian will join William F. White Int’l Inc. for ten days as an intern to learn about production equipment for digital projects, television and film equipment planning, resource management, and budget planning. The mentorship also provides informal coaching from two established female production managers, Kellyann Murphy (“Giving You the Business”, “Party Mamas”, “My House, Your Money”), and Melinda Ramsay, Unit Production Manager at Cineflix. Additional benefits of the mentorship include a $500 WIFT-T programming pass, and discounted rentals at William F. White.

“We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with WIFT-T on this vital initiative,” said Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO Comweb Corp./William F. White Int’l Inc. “Whites is proud to be doing our part to help facilitate opportunities for women to develop lasting careers in film and television.”

Jillian is an emerging production manager whose experience includes production managing several short films and working as a production assistant on Close Encounters, a Discovery Canada series. She recently co-wrote and produced Taco, an award winning short film that was created, produced and filmed entirely by a female crew. She is slated to work on two upcoming feature films in addition to producing a play.

 


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2014 Banff World Media Festival Scholarship: Siobhan McCarthy

Siobhan McCarthyToronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Siobhan McCarthy as the recipient of the 2014 WIFT-T Banff World Media Festival Scholarship, providing one WIFT-T member with mid- to senior-management experience, with a full delegate pass to attend the Banff Media Festival, June 8 – 11, 2014.

“WIFT-T is very pleased to partner with BANFF for this scholarship for a second year,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “The Banff World Media Festival will provide Siobhan with exceptional business development and career advancement opportunities.”

The scholarship helps fulfill part of WIFT-T’s mandate, which includes providing opportunities for members to connect, learn and advance their careers in screen-based media.

Award winning film and web series producer, S. Siobhan McCarthy, is the CEO and Executive Producer of blyssful PRODUCTIONS and red trike media inc. She is the co-creator, Executive Producer and showrunner of the web series PARKED, which is currently on the festival circuit. PARKED received funding from the BC Film + Media Interactive Fund, the IPF and Creative BC, and was a part of the CFC Media Lab’s ideaBOOST Affiliate Program. DOWN HERE, her first feature film, premiered at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival. As an innovative, transdisciplinary artist and educator, Siobhan has also produced WAM, BC’s first international disability media festival through Kickstart Disability Arts when she was the Co-Artistic Director. While there she Executive Produced five short films including WILL, that won the Golden Sheaf at the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival and PATIENCE AND ABSURDITY, which represented Canada at the Paralympics Games in London in 2012. Siobhan has been the Production Manager of the Vancouver International Film Festival Forum for over a decade. She has a slate of film, television, and web properties in development.


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WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION – TORONTO ANNOUNCES 2014 MEDIA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

Toronto, ONWomen in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce the 17 participants selected for the 2014 WIFT-T Media Leadership Program (MLP) presented by Bell Media; a competitive Schulich School of Business Certificate Program designed for screen-based executives and entrepreneurs.

The WIFT-T Media Leadership Program offers unique and intense exposure to exceptional thinking and research on media industry management, with practical applications from high-level executives. Participants will receive the latest knowledge on leadership, strategic planning, change management, marketing, and entrepreneurship, as well as tools to develop their financial literacy, communications, and personal management skills.

“WIFT-T is pleased to offer this exceptional professional development opportunity for the fourth time since 2009,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “We wish to thank Bell Media, Presenting Partner, and the Schulich School of Business for partnering with WIFT-T to support the development of leadership and excellence within the Canadian screen-based industry.”

The 2014 WIFT-T Media Leadership Program participants are:

  • Tashi Bieler, VP Production, Entertainment One Television
  • Angela Chan, Research Manager, Programming & Communications, Bell Media
  • Marcia Douglas, Program Manager, Bell Fund
  • Noora Abu Eitah, Supervising Producer, Secret Location
  • Courtney Graham, Producer
  • Kerry Kupecz, Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, Video Services Corp.
  • Sarah MacKinnon, Manager, Production Affairs, Shaftesbury
  • Mark Montefiore, Co-President & Executive Producer, New Metric Media
  • Natalie Osborne, Managing Director, 9 Story Entertainment
  • Jackie Pardy, Television Executive
  • Tammy Semen, Producer, Industrial Brother
  • Virginia Thompson, President/Partner, Vérité Films
  • Tania Thompson, Executive Producer, Special Media Projects, Presenting Our Vision
  • Rentia van der Bijl, Producer/Director
  • Lindsey Vodarek, Manager, Public Relations, CMPA
  • Candida Zeleya, Manager of Programming, Women & Family, TV Division, Corus Entertainment
  • Janice Zolf, Producer

“Our industry relies on programs like the WIFT-T Media Leadership Program to develop and sustain training opportunities that provide the tools required for our professionals to innovate and succeed in Canada’s ever-evolving media landscape,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We congratulate each of this year’s 17 participants as they embark on this very rewarding opportunity and challenge.”

The WIFT-T Media Leadership Program will be held over 12 sessions from February to May 2014 in downtown Toronto. For more information on the Media Leadership Program, please visit www.wift.com.

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About Women in Film & Television – Toronto
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is a member-based organization of women and men working in screen-based media that supports the development and advancement of women in the industry. Membership in WIFT-T enables women to be capable, confident, connected and successful in their careers. For more information, please visit www.wift.com.

About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 55 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Québec, Ontario and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

About the Schulich School of Business
Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, and #2 in the world by the Aspen Institute (a Washington, DC-based leadership think tank) in global surveys that identify which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. For complete ranking details, please visit www.schulich.yorku.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Heather Webb
Executive Director
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)
416-322-3430 ext. 223
hwebb@wift.com


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2013 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship: Paige Lawson

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Paige Lawson as this year’s recipient of the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship. Now in its seventh year, this national competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female producer with a one-week experience at CBC Television in downtown Toronto.

“This mentorship will allow Paige to engage one-on-one with senior television professionals, gain insight into the inner workings of our national broadcaster and attend WIFT-T professional development programming,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to continue our collaboration with the CBC in providing career advancement opportunities for emerging professionals through the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship.”

Lawson will be on-site at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in early 2014 to learn about the production and broadcast components of scripted content for multiple platforms. Throughout the week, she will receive the invaluable opportunity to develop mentorship relationships with CBC scripted content staff.

“Paige Lawson’s passion for broadcasting and interest in business affairs is undeniable,” says Michelle Daly, Senior Director of Comedy at CBC. “Her clear understanding of the business and how she wants to focus her talents set her apart from a strong group of applicants. We at CBC would like to congratulate Paige and welcome her to the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship; we are convinced Paige will get what she needs from the program.”

Paige Lawson is Executive Assistant at RTR Media, an editor for CTV News Toronto and a motivational speaker. In 2010, Paige was named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20™ by Youth in Motion for DREAM (Direct Resources and Education Alternatives and Mental Health) a series of workshops on mental health issues she developed for high school students.

As a television and film enthusiast, Lawson annually assists in organizing the Ontario Association of Broadcaster’s conference and interned with the 65th Festival de Cannes. Most recently Paige has been assisting Kit Redmond, Carolynne Bell and Al Magee with their new production company StoryPark Inc., which has a slate of scripted projects in development including their first with a major broadcaster.

Lawson will be presented with her award during the 2013 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon at Arcadian Court on December 3rd. She will also receive access to select WIFT-T classes for continued professional development throughout 2014.


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CBC Mentorship Program Testimonials

The CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship was an extremely valuable experience for me.   During my time at CBC, I gained much insight and knowledge about the needs and demands of many different departments. It also allowed me the opportunity to create fantastic relationships and connections within the industry that I’m sure will continue to grow in the years to come.

Kerry Ball, 2012 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Winner. Read Kerry’s full bio here.

My biggest take-away is the great people I met, the relationships I hope to continue, and, most importantly, the inspiration they gave me.

Heidi Tao Yang, 2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship Winner. Read more about Heidi’s experience at CBC here.


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BMMP Program Testimonials

“Taking the BMMP course conducted by WIFT has been one of the best professional decisions I have made since migrating to Canada a couple of years ago. Although I had several years broadcast and production experience garnered over a career at companies like Disney, Turner and Star TV in Asia – BMMP filled in a knowledge gap about the workings of the media business in Canada.

The instructors were fantastic. All of them seasoned professionals in their own fields they had much to share – often with wit and humour that made going to ‘school’ on Saturdays such a fun experience. I found the sessions on funding and financing, production management and accounting particularly useful and relevant.

I also met a lot of interesting people in class, made connections and am now developing a web series with a classmate who has become a really dear friend. I feel much better poised to navigate the industry in Canada after doing this course. So it gets a definite thumbs up from me!”

– Aditi Sayed Producer, – Creative Karma Productions

 

“I had walked away from the production industry a number of years ago, a bit sad and feeling that it may not be for me. I had owned an award-winning music video production company. But all of a sudden, late last year I found myself back in the production world working on a number of film projects and being in demand again. I thought it would be a good idea to go back to school to refresh myself on the basics, hopefully network to make some good contacts and of course, learn a few new things along the way. The BMMP program made me feel like I came home again, right from the very start! I met some great, talented people and started collaborating with them right away (during the first class!). I also made coffee dates with my instructors, some of the most knowledgeable and forthcoming ones I’ve ever met. I gleaned as much as I could during those 30 minutes, I knew them and they knew me so the meetings were very productive. If anyone is looking to be inspired, get motivated and have your creative juices flowing… again, I highly recommend taking the BMMP program. It changed my life… for the better!”

– Kulbinder Saran Caldwell, CPC, Owner of REALLIFEtalks, 2013 BMMP Participant


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2013 Deluxe Producer Internship: Karen Shaw

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto is pleased to announce Karen Shaw as the recipient of the 2013 Deluxe Producer Internship. Shaw will be presented with her award during the 2013 Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon.

Now in its sixth year, this national competitive internship program provides one emerging female producer with hands-on training at Deluxe Toronto. “WIFT-T sincerely thanks Deluxe for their ongoing commitment to provide an emerging female producer with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, gain experience and develop key industry relationships.” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director “Congratulations, Karen!”

Shaw will join Deluxe for a three-week internship commencing in November. She will shadow some of the company’s top Toronto-based executives, and technical and creative experts, learning about production equipment planning through to picture and sound postproduction and final delivery.

“Deluxe is pleased to continue our support of this opportunity with WIFT-T. Every year the candidates are impressive, and we appreciate the tough choice in selecting our intern,” says Diane Cuthbert, VP Sales at Deluxe Toronto. “We welcome Karen to our facility and look forward to working with her. Her three weeks with us will be busy and intense, and we know that her time in Postproduction will be a very productive investment in her career.”

Shaw most recently produced the feature film, Khoya, shot in India and Canada, which was selected for the prestigious Tribeca Film Institute’s 2013 All Access program. She has also co-produced the feature film, Jack & Jill vs. the World, starring Taryn Manning and Freddie Prinze Jr. and the documentary Nigeria’s Climate in Crisis, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, which screened in Mexico City, Ghana and South Africa.

Currently Shaw is in development on the multi-platform children’s live-action series entitled Urban Tales and the feature film The Mating Habits of Widows, by Nicholl Fellowship winner, Gerald Olson. She has also optioned the award-winning novel “Y” by Marjorie Celona and secured Telefilm development funding for the Israeli/Canadian coproduction The Good Fence, written by award-winning author and filmmaker David Bezmozgis.

 


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Media Leadership Program Testimonials

“The Media Leadership Program brought great value in my progress in the management capacity.  It helped me adjust my ways in exploring what it means to lead a team and the language I use to achieve success in the workplace.”

—Teresa M. Ho, Director of Production, Shaftesbury Films Inc., 2008 MLP Participant

 

“The Media Leadership Program … provide[d] a learning module from acclaimed individuals, which really gave me a 360 view of our industry.  The networking opportunities were beneficial to say the least and the program was affordable and manageable from a commitment prospective. …The course is fantastic, a great investment, very motivating and I’d recommend it to individuals who are looking to take their career to the next level.”

—Prentiss Fraser, SVP Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions, Entertainment One Television International, 2009 MLP Participant

 

“…I had the great fortune to participate in and successfully complete the MLP in 2010. At the time I applied, I had been searching for a significant educational opportunity with an industry focus that I could fit into my schedule (versus taking an MBA). When I read the curriculum for the MLP, with its MBA-styled skills tailored for the media industry, it was a perfect fit.

Through the MLP, I was able to spend the time re-affirming and learning new approaches to management and developing my leadership skills. Immediately after the completion of the program I deployed my knowledge and planned and led my team through a two day retreat designed for team-building after a significant departmental change in reporting lines. My boss was thrilled that I could bring tangible results to the table immediately after completing the program and share them with our whole team.

This past year I obtained a significant promotion and credit the MLP as a key piece of my preparation. Having elevated leadership skills in my toolkit helped me take the next step in my career.

As an additional benefit, the women from the 2010 MLP have stayed in touch in fact, we just had our 4thannual retreat this summer. We have formed a support network which I am hopeful will last throughout our careers.”

—Samantha McWilliams, CBC Senior Legal Counsel, 2010 MLP Participant.

 

“The Media Leadership Program was great. The classes were dense in content but the instructors did a good job of delivering condensed versions of university courses that are normally delivered over an entire semester. There were a lot of insight moments which we called “a-ha” moments. My fellow classmates and the WIFT-T and Schulich team running the program were the highlights of the program. Very few of us are surrounded by a network of support and this course gave us access to colleagues from varied backgrounds and perspectives. It’s wonderful to hear stories from different parts of the industry and know that we share many of the same challenges. Since the completion of the course, many of us continue to see each other and support one another through emails and group chats.”

—Yen Chu, Regional Sales Manager, Thought Equity Motion, 2010 MLP Participant.

 

“I attended the MLP program in 2012 and walked away richer for the experience. The program touched on many of the areas I grapple with as a senior executive in the media business and allowed me to gain insights from some of the leading visionaries in the business. Session instructors were impressive in their credentials – journalists and former vice-presidents from various broadcasters; entrepreneurs and innovators from the broader media landscape; and freelancers with fine pedigrees who had decided to go it on their own and push new boundaries. The course outline was relevant, of the moment and related to the various opportunities and challenges I face – from retaining and finding new audiences; dealing with funding and financial challenges; leading creative teams; to bringing strategic thinking to the work we do. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to move ahead in their career.”

—Arif Noorani, Executive Producer, CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi, 2012 MLP Participant

 

“Getting the opportunity to be a part of MLP was an exciting chance to enhance my skills and knowledge, as well as learn new ones. When I began this course I was a new leader with a lot of challenges ahead – by the end I felt as though I was better equipped to deal with those challenges, having gained a significant amount of confidence in my capabilities as a leader. Furthermore, MLP provided a great platform for interacting with, and learning from, industry professionals and peers. Having a safe environment to ask questions and express yourself is invaluable for learning and MLP provided that space. I left MLP with a better understanding of the industry, great contacts and stronger belief in myself as a leader.”

—Veronica Graham, Manager of CTV Programming, Bell Media, 2012 MLP Participant

 

“The MLP was a highly informative and educational experience. We had access to industry leaders and modules addressing the most current trends affecting our sector. It was a milestone in my career development and yet another example of how WIFT-T is helping advance women in their careers.”

—Tamara Shannon, VP Marketing, Entertainment One Films, 2012 MLP Participant

 

“The philosopher Albert Schweitzer said ‘Example is leadership.’ The Media Leadership Program provided the best tools and was led by the most respected and revered leaders in their fields.”

—Shanna Albert, Executive Producer, Seasmoke Productions, 2012 MLP Participant.


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2013 Kodak New Vision Mentorship: Sherien Barsoum

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce writer/director/producer Sherien Barsoum (pictured) as the recipient of the 2013 Kodak New Vision Mentorship. An invaluable opportunity, this mentorship provides the winner with an opportunity to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as an industry delegate and receive pre-festival business coaching from an established industry professional.

“In its ninth year, the WIFT-T Kodak New Vision Mentorship makes a valuable contribution to the development of Canadian female directors,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is pleased to work alongside Kodak Canada and TIFF to make a positive difference in the careers of talented emerging filmmakers like Sherien.”

Barsoum will receive one-on-one mentoring from Tamara Shannon, Vice- President of Marketing & Promotions at eOne Films Canada and a member of the WIFT-T Board. With a second feature documentary in development, Searching for Arafat’s Right Hand, Barsoum will be working with Shannon to hone her business development strategies and prepare for meetings with key industry contacts while at TIFF.

“Our continued partnership with WIFT-T, and the ongoing success of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship, allows us to offer support to talented Canadian directors,” says Rhonda Lockwood, Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging Account Manager. “Having the expertise of an industry professional such as Tamara Shannon to foster the vision of an emerging female filmmaker emphasizes the importance of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship.”

Barsoum received national and international recognition for her provocative 2011 first feature documentary, Colour Me, which has been included in the official selection of seven film festivals in the past two years including: Atlantic Film Festival (2011); Reelworld Film Festival (2012); Cleveland International Film Festival (2012); and San Francisco Black Film Festival (2011). In addition, Colour Me was awarded the Bronze Palm at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival and was a recipient of the 2011 HotDocs Shaw Media Completion Fund. As Creative Director at TAZA Media, Barsoum brings over ten years of professional experience as a filmmaker, journalist and marketing/communications professional to her projects.


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2013 Banff World Media Festival Scholarship: Paula Devonshire

 

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Paula Devonshire as the recipient of the 2013 WIFT-T Banff Scholarship, providing one WIFT-T member with mid- to senior-management experience, with a full delegate pass to attend the Banff World Media Festival, June 9-12, 2013.
The 2013 WIFT-T Banff Scholarship represents WIFT-T’s commitment to building capacity and diversity within the industry and its conviction that screen-based media in Canada are stronger when they have a committed, connected, and well-trained workforce.

“WIFT-T is very pleased to partner with Achilles Media for this inaugural scholarship offering” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “The Banff World Media Festival will provide Paula with exceptional business development and career advancement opportunities and I know she will take full advantage of all that the Festival has to offer.”

Devonshire currently has several projects in development, including the post-apocalyptic TV pilot The Last Nation, which was one of the five projects chosen for the current NSI Totally Television Program. She will be pitching The Last Nation to domestic and international development executives at the Banff Media Festival.

A Toronto native, and University of Toronto graduate, Devonshire began her film career in post-production working on such series’ as Due South and La Femme Nikita. She attended the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab and produced the dramatic features Treed Murray (William Phillips) and Nothing from noted sci-fi director Vincenzo Natali. Devonshire was the in-house production supervisor at Copper Heart Entertainment from 2002-2004 where she produced her debut feature films Unleashed and The Beginning, and worked on the Oscar winning animated film Ryan. In 2007, Devonshire produced the feature film Real Time starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel. Real Time opened the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and had its Canadian Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008. From 2010-2011 Devonshire worked at E1 Entertainment as a production executive in television, producing John Grisham’s The FirmPure Pwnage and Men With Brooms. She was recently selected as one of eight producers from Canada for Transatlantic Partners 2013, and for the TIFF STUDIO producer program.


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2013 WFW Production Manager Mentorship Winner: Lori Fischburg

 

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Lori Fischburg as winner of the 2013 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. The competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female production manager with hands-on training and mentorship at William F. White’s world-class production complex in Toronto.

“WIFT-T is pleased to offer this mentorship in partnership with William F. White for the third consecutive year.” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “With access to some of the best practitioners and equipment in the business, this opportunity will provide Lori with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. Congratulations Lori!”

Fischburg will join William F. White Int’l Inc. for ten days as an intern to learn about production equipment for digital projects, television and film equipment planning, resource management, and budget planning. The mentorship also provides informal coaching from two established female production managers, Anna Beben (“Transporter“,”Happy Town“, “Orphan Black“) and Kellyann Murphy (“Giving You The Business“,”Party Mamas“, “My House, Your Money“).

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with WIFT-T on this vital initiative,” says Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO Comweb Corp. / William F. White Int’l Inc. “William F. White is proud to be doing our part to help propel the advancement of women in the film and television industry.”

Fischburg, a Ryerson Film Production alumnus, was the producer on the short film “How (not) to Become a Vampire“, an audience favourite that won awards at Hamden and Zero Toronto film festivals. In late 2011, Fischburg left her corporate position in Sales and Distribution at Vivendi Entertainment in order to production manage a number of short and feature length films including Bill Taylor’s “Don’t Get Killed in Alaska” (2013). She recently co-produced “The Pin“, Canada’s first Yiddish movie directed by Naomi Jaye, and is post production supervisor on Bruce McDonald’s latest feature “Baby, How’d We Ever Get this Way?” Lori is also one of the recipients of the Transmedia Mentorship Grant through the CMPA has been working with Dan Bekerman of Scythia Films, a Toronto-based production company.

Fischburg is delighted to be the recipient of the 2013 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. Additional benefits of the mentorship include complimentary enrollment in the Production Management and Production Accounting modules of the WIFT-T Business Management for Media Professionals Program.

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2013 Digiscape Faculty

Rachel Noonan

Country ManagerRdio Canada

Rachel has over 12 years of experience in strategy development, integrated brand marketing and partnerships in the entertainment and media industry. She brings a wealth of experience to her brands, having led campaigns for clients such as The Indeka Group, the Canadian Film Centre, Alliance Films and Rdio. 

Specialties: Integrated Brand, Partnership and Experiential Marketing, Social Media, Public Relations, and Brand Development

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2013 Development Incubator Faculty

PROGRAM FACULTY

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – Session 1: The Script

Melissa Kajpust – Director of Programming, National Screen Institute

As director of programming at NSI, Melissa directs the development of all new programs and is accountable for the delivery of all NSI courses. Melissa also facilitates the Movie Central Script to Screen program. She is a respected film and television development executive and has worked for Super Channel and Frantic Films. Melissa is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright. She has written and developed programs for CTV, W, Slice, A-Channel, APTN, Treehouse, Citytv, YTV and Movie Central. Her two children’s books were published by Disney’s Hyperion Books for Children. She currently has a feature in pre-production with Buffalo Gal Pictures and Germany’s Paradigma Entertainment. Melissa is a sought after industry juror, workshop facilitator and story editor.

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Session 2: The Money

Patricia Scarlett – CEO, Media Business Institute

As president and owner of Scarlett Media Inc., a television and film distribution consulting company, she has developed ongoing relationships with many international broadcasters and producers, including a longstanding relationship with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) beginning with SABC support for the documentary series The Five Minute Project in 1997, and including pre-buys of the popular children’s series The Adventures of The AfterMath Crew. She also packages television projects and acts as co-executive producer on select projects.  Patricia’s most recent documentary productions are RasTa: A Soul’s Journey (2011) and Rastafari Then and Now: A Message From Jamaica (2007). As a highly successful Sales Executive at TVOntario, Scarlett was responsible for opening up the Latin American market. During that time she developed and nurtured a number of valuable relationships with producers and broadcasters which have culminated in a number of significant professional achievements, including her representation of Ataranjuat: The Fast Runner, winner of the Camera D’Or at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival.

 

Marva Ollivierre – President, Doe Eye Media Productions Inc.

Marva Ollivierre has a multi-dimensional perspective and broad knowledge base amassed over 25 years in the arts and culture industry. She is a Floyd Chalmers awarded writer; Gemini nominated Producer with 50 plus credited broadcast hours; management accountant; mask-maker; creator/presenter of the highly effective cross-Canada lecture series making your art your business; with 5 years as Executive Producer and Head of Business Affairs at Inner City Films (ICF) where she successfully directed corporate rebranding, revamped production procedures and policies, implemented budget controls, brought distribution in-house and engineered marketing/sales strategies that has yet to stop yielding significant international licence fees for ICF. In addition, the re-focused and nurtured development slate delivered national recognitions: Skin Deep, Gemini Winner – Best Lifestyle/Doc, – (104 x 30) and the Canada/South Africa Co-Production medical drama Jozi H (13 x 60) received 4 Gemini Nominations including Best Drama Series. In 2006, Marva rebranded Doe Eye Media Productions (DEMP) driven by the desire to tell more personal stories and facilitate her ongoing commitment to mentoring and training in the business of screen-media production. DEMP slate include: Bannock & Bratwursta coming of age feature film about a young aboriginal writer, developed with the assistance of OMDC, Harold Greenberg Fund, Movie Central and Telefilm Canada, is currently on a 2013-2014 production track in collaboration with U5 filmproduktion.co, Germany; the p.o.v. documentary Made In Canada – a young filmmaker`s personal journey to discover what it will take to make a living doing what he loves most, had its festival premiere in April 2013 and television broadcast May 2013; the documentary I am not a Bully is in post-production. In continuum, Marva still finds time to work on outside projects; most recently as Executive Producer on the CBC documentary series pilot This Can Happen To You, in addition to her (Business Affairs Resource Booster) workshops and lectures.

 

Friday, June 21, 2013– Session 4: The Deal

Laurie May – CEO, May Pictures

Laurie May has been in film distribution for fifteen years. She is CEO of May Pictures, and mostly recently she was Executive Vice President of Entertainment One, following the purchase of Alliance Films Inc. in January 2013. Laurie had joined Alliance when they purchased Maple Pictures Corp in August 2011, and had an active role in acquisitions including Academy nominated Zero Dark Thirty.  Laurie had been Co-President and Co-Founder of Maple Pictures from April 2005 until the sale to Alliance.  At Maple she was involved in successful releases including Academy Award winners Crash, The Hurt Locker, Precious and The Cove, and Emmy award winner Mad Men.  Prior to Maple, Laurie was Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. from 1997-2005. In this capacity, she oversaw legal matters involving production and distribution, as well as corporate responsibilities including the acquisitions of Trimark Pictures and Artisan Entertainment.  Prior to working in the film industry, she received her law degree from the University of Toronto Law School, practiced corporate and entertainment law at Oslers, and was an adjunct professor of Entertainment and Sports Law at the Western University Law School. Laurie has acted as a mentor for Women in Film and Television and in 2010 was the recipient of the WIFT Outstanding Achievement Award.

 

Saturday, June 22, 2013 – Session 4: The Package

Eva Ziemsen – Professor of Film and Television Production, Humber College

Born in Munich, Germany, Eva Ziemsen is a director, producer, writer and film educator. She started her career as an independent filmmaker in Toronto and founded Cineva Films, through which she has written, directed and produced several short films that have screened and been distributed internationally. While living in Europe and Australia, Eva established an international network of co-producers with whom she continues to collaborate and develop feature films and documentaries. Her films include the multi-award winning, Mama & Papa (2001), Child of Chernobyl (2001) and the documentary film, A Conversation With Lars Von Trier (2005), all of which have been broadcast on television and distributed and screened internationally. She attends the Berlin Film Festival and the European Film Market on an annual basis, and is currently developing three feature films in co-production with Canadian and European-based production companies. Eva is also a Professor and Program Co-Coordinator of the Film & Television Production degree program at Humber College, and has taught at Humber College, Toronto Film College, York University, and Fanshawe College.  As faculty mentor, she accompanied a group of students to produce two documentaries in Rwanda as part of the CIDA Millennium Project in 2007. Eva holds a Masters of Arts in Feature Film from Goldsmiths College, University of London, England.


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2014 Career Advancement Program Speakers

Upcoming Sessions| 2014 CAP Overview


Robin Altman, B. Comm., ACPC, ACC
Executive Coach & Business Consultant
Radiate Coaching

Robin Altman is a professional, certified coach, facilitator and speaker serving executives, entrepreneurs and creative professionals in Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Markeing and related fields. As Founder of Radiate with a 20-year background in Media & Entertainment, she helps individuals, teams and groups tap into their true potential and thrive in their professional and personal lives. Services include one-on-one coaching, as well as customized workshops and team coaching for organizations, groups and associations. Robin is also a Faculty member at Adler Learning, an international pioneer and leader in coaching education.

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CAP#2: DISCIPLINE: Your Key To Success | March 4, 2014


Glain Roberts-McCabe
President
The Executive Roundtable Inc.

Glain Roberts-McCabe believes that great leadership makes the difference and that every leader has the opportunity to leave a positive legacy. As Founder and President of The Executive Roundtable Inc., a leadership organization for mid-career leaders on the fast track, Glain and her team are helping today’s generation of leaders build the mindsets they need to drive both personal and business success.

Glain has been at the executive table for over 20 years and successfully led a variety teams in both the profit and not-for-profit arenas. Prior to launching The Executive Roundtable, Glain’s most recent executive positions have been as the Executive Director of Canada’s leading organization for executive-minded women; and, as Managing Partner of one of Canada’s leading mid-sized consulting firms, specializing in the area of leadership development.

Glain is a highly sought after facilitator, coach and leadership enthusiast. A frequent guest columnist for the Globe and Mail and Leadership Guru for BizTV Canada, Glain shares her passion for what she learns through a monthly newsletter (The Roundtable Recap) and her leadership blog (RoundtableTalk).

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CAP#3: Be Your Own Career Coach – Learn How To Have Better Career Conversations With Your Manager (And Your Team) | April 15, 2014

Susan Ross, Partner
ISM Access
Susan Ross is a Consultant and Partner at ISM Access, a marketing firm. She is also an Instructor at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and an Executive Coach. An accomplished media professional, she was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager, Specialty and Pay TV for Corus Entertainment overseeing the operation of 10 television channels.  Prior to this, she was VP and GM, Children’s Television for Corus.

Susan is a member of the Board of Governors of Humber College and past Chair of WIFT- Toronto. She is a past board member of Concerned Children’s Advertisers, Youth Media Alliance, and the Canadian Media Fund. Susan received WIFT’s 2012 Crystal Award for Mentorship, the Youth Media Alliance Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007 and Canadian Women in Communications’ Woman of the Year Award in 2004.  She mentors women in the media industry through her involvement in Work In Culture and CWC mentorship programs.

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CAP#4: Politics In The Workplace Session | May 13, 2014


Rekha Shah, Co-Founder of The Gal’s Got Game and in-house sports expert
Lally Rementilla, Co-Founder, The Gal’s Got
The Gal’s Got Game® is a sports media brand that helps women advance by helping them understand and keep up with sports.  We provide a fresh, innovative and light-hearted perspective on sports news with just enough information to help women participate in conversations about top sports stories, personalities and events.

We are the brainchild of two female business executives who got tired of not being able to participate in workplace conversation due to lack of sports knowledge.  We had been shut out from boardroom side conversations and Friday afternoon beers because we couldn’t talk sports.  Our shared passion for women’s advancement brought us together to launch an innovative take on facilitating the professional and personal development of females by demystifying the world of sports.

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CAP#5: The Gal’s Got Game Workshop | June 3, 2014

 

Lucy Shenouda, CPCC, ACC, ORSCC
Founder – Leadership Consultant
FosterEssence

Lucy Shenouda is a Branding and Change Leadership Professional. Lucy developed her skills in the corporate world on both the client and consulting side as a marketing, advertising and brand specialist. She headed various Marketing, Account Management and Strategic Planning Departments in leading regional and global brands such as Rogers Cable Advertising, Unilever, McDonald’s, Nestle, General Motors, Carrier, Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Showtime Arabia.

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CAP#6:  Leading & Innovation | July 8, 2014

 

Elizabeth C. Huggins
Strategist, Innovation Catalyst, Trainer
Marketing  Innovation  Change Unlimited

 

Elizabeth Huggins accelerates the performance of brands and the thinking
productivity of teams in strategic planning, creativity, innovation and change
initiatives. Clients say she goes beyond traditional consultant, strategist, and
trainer, more a catalyst, injecting the solution finding process with
thought-provoking, mind changing stimulus, content, context, energy and pace.
Creativity, Innovation and Change Leadership are all part of her high-energy
package.

Elizabeth has successfully consulted on creativity, innovation and leadership initiatives and game-changing strategies and campaigns for some of North America’s leading brands and agencies for over 18 years. Nestle Canada, Nestle Purina, PepsiCo, Ford, GE, Petro-Canada, Rogers, JWT, Taxi, WTN and YTV are some of the clients to benefit from her work. She has also consulted on strategic planning for emerging online brands such as Fuse Powered Game Apps, Auctionwire and BRANDAID Project.

She is a certified creative problem solving facilitator and on the Creative Problem Solving Institute, NY, faculty. She is one of the few Canadians to hold advanced certification in diagnosing thinking strategy through the KAI Theory and Inventory © which is used in strategic planning, creativity, innovation and change training initiatives in business, education and the military worldwide. Elizabeth also completed the Executive Program in Sustainable Change Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. All critical skills in helping organizations increase the performance and productivity of teams and brands.

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CAP#7:  Creativity Session | October 7, 2014

 

 

Carey-Ann Oestreicher
Chief Engagement Officer
Potential Unlimited

Nominated as one of Canada’s Most Powerful100 Women™ and winner of a Top 40 under Forty Award, Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer and Owner of the Life and Leadership Development firm for women, Potential Unlimited holds a MBA and has worked in a variety of senior positions including vice-president level in the financial services industry. Carey-Ann holds a certificate in International Business from Arhus (pronounced Or-haus) University in Denmark; has completed her coaches training with the Coaches Training Institute and has earned a specialized certificate for coaching managers and executives from the Schulich School of Business. Recently, she has been ranked Top Online Influencer of by Forbes Women.

Carey-Ann is a mother and a wife. She is also a brain injury survivor. Carey-Ann says that her ‘non-business’ roles and experiences are constantly teaching her the most important lessons she applies in her professional life. Her focus is her family and helping people in business find true peace and happiness in their lives while achieving new heights in their careers.

As a certified fitness leader and competitor in triathlons, Carey-Ann brings a great enthusiasm for health and stress management into her practice with clients. Carey-Ann has been featured in a variety of media because of the success she’s experienced with her holistic approach to developing leaders and entrepreneurs. Her appearances include: CTV’s Canada AM, TSN, CBC News, Global Television, City TV News, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business magazine, The Toronto Star.

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CAP#8:  MANAGING UP  | November 4, 2014

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2012 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship: Kerry Ball

WIFT-T is pleased to announce Kerry Ball as winner of the 2012 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship. Now in its sixth year, this national competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female producer with a one-week experience at CBC Television in downtown Toronto.

“Kerry Ball is a talented emerging professional who will benefit greatly from exposure to the creative and business leaders at our public broadcaster,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “On behalf of WIFT-T, I’d like to thank CBC for their ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of Canadian production professionals.”

Ball will be on-site at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in early 2013 to learn about the production and broadcast components of scripted content for multiple platforms. Throughout the week, she will receive the invaluable opportunity to develop mentorship relationships with CBC scripted content staff.

“We’d like to congratulate Kerry and welcome her to the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship,” says Sally Catto, Executive Director of Scripted and Commissioned Programming for CBC English Services. “Her experience as a content producer and relationships within the Canadian creative community are a great fit for CBC and our ongoing focus on creating engaging and entertaining all-Canadian content, both now and in the future.”

Currently, Ball is an associate at Meridian Artists, a film and television literary agency, where she works with agents and a roster of writers and directors to facilitate employment opportunities and project sales in Canada and the United States.

Previously, she worked for Achilles Media as a content producer for television production and a programmer of events, such as the Banff World Media Festival, Just Comedy at Just For Laughs in Montreal, and History Makers in New York City. Ball is a graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program. Read more.

Ball will be acknowledged at the 25th Annual Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 4th in Toronto. She will also receive access to select WIFT-T classes for continued professional development throughout 2013.

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Bio: Crystal Van Pelt, Picture Box Winner

Crystal Van Pelt is the winner of the inaugural Picture Box Television Distribution Mentorship.

Based in Regina, Van Pelt is currently the production manager for a one-hour documentary for CBC’s Doc Zone and recently joined the team at Echolands Creative. Previously, she was a production manager for “MS Wars: Hope, Science & the Internet”—a documentary for The Nature of Things—and produced the documentary On RoughRiders: A Century of Saskatchewan RoughRiders Football. She also produced video content for events and ceremonies during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

Crystal moved to Regina three and a half years ago from Ontario to pursue a career in the film industry. Her experience includes producing many corporate commercials, internal and external corporate videos and various music videos, as well as developing film and television series and talent managing. Her education in finance and media combined with her diverse production experience makes Crystal a well-rounded asset to all productions she participates in.

About the Mentorship

The Picture Box Television Distribution Mentorship provides one emerging, Canadian, female professional with a three-month internship at Picture Box Distribution in Toronto. Crystal will join Picture Box in February, 2013, to learn about the distribution, marketing and selling of Canadian factual and youth-oriented programs internationally. She will assist Picture Box partners Marilyn Kynaston and Kate Sanagan in preparing for and attending MIPDoc/MIPTV in Cannes in April.

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Picture Box TV Distribution Mentorship Winner: Crystal Van Pelt

We’re pleased to announce Crystal Van Pelt as winner of the inaugural Picture Box Television Distribution Mentorship. This national competitive initiative provides one emerging, Canadian, female professional with a three-month internship at Picture Box Distribution in Toronto.

Van Pelt will join Picture Box in February, 2013, to learn about the distribution, marketing and selling of Canadian factual and youth-oriented programs internationally. She will assist partners Marilyn Kynaston and Kate Sanagan in preparing for and attending MIPDoc/MIPTV in Cannes in April.

“By focusing on the sales and distribution side of the business, this mentorship fills an important training gap,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “Crystal is set to gain valuable work training and exposure, including on-the-ground experience at the premier international trade market. On behalf of WIFT-T, I’d like to thank Picture Box for their support of this opportunity.”

Throughout her three months at Picture Box, Van Pelt will attend meetings with international broadcasters and producers and will learn about the acquisition process and content packaging for international markets. Additional program benefits include a monthly stipend, as well as round-trip airfare and accommodation in Cannes.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Crystal for the inaugural distribution mentorship at Picture Box,” says Kate Sanagan, Partner at Picture Box Distribution. “Her production experience and enthusiasm to learn about distribution together made her the perfect candidate for this position, and we are looking forward to working with her next spring.”

Based in Regina, Van Pelt is currently the production manager for a one-hour documentary for CBC’s Doc Zone and recently joined the team at Echolands Creative. Previously, she was a production manager for “MS Wars: Hope, Science & the Internet”—a documentary for The Nature of Things—and produced the documentary On RoughRiders: A Century of Saskatchewan RoughRiders Football. She also produced video content for events and ceremonies during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Read more.

Van Pelt was chosen by a selection committee consisting of WIFT-T and Picture Box staff. She will be acknowledged at the 25th Anniversary Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 4th in Toronto.

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For more information, please contact:

Katy Swailes
Communications Officer
Women in Film & Television – Toronto
416-322-3430 ext. 226
kswailes@wift.com

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2013 Convergent Media Program Faculty

DAY ONE

Shari Cohen

Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Shari has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years as a creative, business and legal professional for cultural organizations and media companies with an aim towards initiatives that generate social and cultural value. Shari is currently a Program Consultant with the Ontario Media Development Corporation where she focuses on support for screen-based productions through funding initiatives, industry development programs, and risk assessment. A passion for great story telling and animation, Shari is currently writing a children’s book in her spare time when not walking her dog on the beach, playing ultimate or foraging for wild mushrooms in northern Ontario.

Cohen facilitates: OMDC Master Class (Oct. 2, 2013)

Patrick Crowe

President, Xenophile Media

A producer, writer, game designer and filmmaker, Patrick is the founder and president of Xenophile. His productions have won accolades around the world, including Emmys, Geminis, and Rose d’Or Awards. Previously a Senior Producer at ExtendMedia, Patrick later served as an industry consultant to the Ontario Media Development Corporation. In recognition of his launching of the first interactive TV project in Canada, he received the Producer of the Year award at the Canadian new Media Awards in 2000. His writing also includes media theory, animated television series and a feature film co-written with author Carol Shields, soon to be published as an interactive graphic novel.

Crowe presents mini-case study: OMDC Master Class (Oct. 2, 2013)

Orla Garriques

ASTOUND Project Manager, CFC Media Lab

Orla Garriques is a multi-faceted producer and programmer working at the intersection of television, film, new media and the arts. Orla is the Project Manager for the ASTOUND Initiative, an ambitious new venture that seeks to encourage private investment in Ontario’s creative content industries. She is co-founder of DruMeBa Inc. an interactive media and social purpose business that develops systems and software that assist children with ASD and related cognitive disorders. She has worked for award-winning production companies and leading media organizations in the areas of development, business affairs, marketing/sales and audience engagement for a range of entertainment brands such as WestWind Pictures, Hungry eyes Production and Inner City Films.

Garriques co-facilitates: Business Model Canvas Workshop (Oct. 2, 2013)

Kim Gibson

Program Consultant, Interactive Digital Media, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Kim Gibson joined the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) in 1999. An agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport the OMDC facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries.

In her current role as a Program Consultant – Interactive Digital Media with the OMDC’s Industry Development Group, Kim is responsible for the conception and management of initiatives that contribute to the growth and development of Ontario’s content creation companies. She has been involved in the design and operation of a number of programs, most recently: the OMDC Export Fund and the OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund.

Gibson facilitates: OMDC Master Class (Oct. 2, 2013)

Sherri Hills

Business Affairs Director, Xenophile Media

Sherri is a business affairs specialist with a background in government finance and the cultural media sectors. her experience includes almost twenty years with the Ontario and British Columbia governments at the Ontario Media Development Corporation, BC Film and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Sherri is a graduate of the Queen’s University Film Program.

Hills presents mini-case study: OMDC Master Class (Oct. 2, 2013)

Alex Mayhew

Creative Director, Xenophile Media

Over the past 20 years, Alex has worked across multiple media, focusing on interactivity and game design, visual and concept development. From the multiaward winning Ceremony of Innocence to Beethoven’s Hair, to Dreamer, to his work with MIT and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he believes there is great potential in exploring a property over many different media channels including web, mobile, TV, game, books, theatre, film and performance.

Mayhew presents mini-case study: OMDC Master Class (Oct. 2, 2013)

Monica Szenteszky

Team Leader, Tax Credits & Financing Programs, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Ms. Szenteszky has been with the OMDC in Tax Credits since 2000. She specializes in film and television, computer animation and special effects, sound recording, and interactive digital media tax credits.

A graduate of the London International Film School, Monica Szenteszky has over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. She has worked as an international film sales agent, production manager and line producer on numerous award winning television documentaries and TV series, as well as directing/ producing her own projects.

Szenteszky facilitates: OMDC Master Class (Oct. 2, 2013)

Aaron Williamson

President,  The Value Web/ Facilitator, CFC BMC Workshop

Aaron Williamson is a management consultant, designer, facilitator and President of The Value Web, an international non-profit association that designs and delivers collaborative engagement for leaders and organizations around the world. His specialties include solution design, graphic facilitation, graphical modeling and workshop design. He is currently a faculty member for CFC Media Lab’s ideaBOOST Program.

Williamson co-facilitates: Business Model Canvas Workshop (Oct. 2, 2013)

DAY TWO

Victoria Evans

Digital Media Producer

With over a decade of media experience, Victoria’s career originally stemmed from traditional media covering a multiple range of production disciplines to extensively producing digital interactive content.

Since January 2013, Victoria is a part-time instructor at Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media & Design with the department of Integrated Media. She instructs in the post-graduate program in Industry Awareness, Studio Mentorship & Career Development.

Victoria is also an independent consultant where she is currently a regular contributor of CMF’s InnovaTV.ca, she is in development of a social platform based narrative, and she has recently produced a large-scale digital pilot program. Her producing knowledge encompasses funding, as she’s been an evaluator at the Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund, and as a Digital Analyst at Telefilm’s Canada Media Fund.

Evans as industry guest: Interactive Project Management (Oct. 3, 2013)

Shelley Simmons

Transmedia Producer

As Content Producer for marblemedia’s Interactive division, Shelley Simmons creates interactive narrative extensions of TV shows for multi platform consumption and always in line with the brand of the show. Her background as a experience designer, event producer, team leader, cat herder, project manager, strategist andasset creator lends itself well to this multidisciplinary role.

Her independently-produced interactive film Meanwhile won Reflet d’Or for Best Interactive Multimedia Fiction at the Cinéma tous écrans in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked with large commercial brands like Kraft and Lavalife as well as key media funders such as CMF, Bell Fund and OMDC.

Simmons facilitates: Interactive Project Management (Oct. 3, 2013)

DAY THREE

Bruce Dale

Manager of Education and Training, William F. White International Inc.

Bruce Dale began his career at William F. White International working in the Backshop handling and bar-coding the lighting and grip equipment.Now in his sixth year at Whites, Dale is now the Manager of Education and Training. In a newly created department designed to provide positive and constructive learning opportunities for Whites’ staff, post-secondary students, and industry professionals.

Recognized for his multi-disciplinary artistic abilities, ambition, and perseverance, Dale has been a practicing independent filmmaker and visual artist for the past ten years. He strives to produce work that provokes thought, encourages dialogue between people, entertains, and builds a natural hybrid between the “grass-roots” values of filmmaking and the production quality of the cultural industry.

Dale as industry guest: Technical Production (Oct. 4, 2013)

Anthea Foyer

Co-Organizer at Transmedia Toronto

Anthea Foyer is Head Squid at Red Squid Lab, a multiplatform storytelling company. RSL makes beautiful things using technology, compelling narratives across platforms, and starts conversations between strangers and friends – on and offline. RSL belies anything is possible when worlds collide.

Anthea has created, produced, designed and advised on a wide array of critically acclaimed projects. She can often be found speaking, mentoring and presenting workshops about the constantly evolving realm of digital media, with a focus on transmedia and multiplatform. She co-founded TMC Resource Kit and Transmedia 101 with Siobhan O’Flynn.

Foyer facilitates: Technical Production (Oct. 4, 2013) 

Cher Merlo

Manager, Whites Interactive

Cher Merlo is a veteran of Canada’s film and television industry spanning over two decades.  She is currently the Manager of Whites Interactive, a new department at WFW dedicated to the empowerment of digital content producers and is responsible for overseeing rentals of the company’s popular Viral Vans across the country.

Cher brings a diverse background in on-set production having worked as a camera assistant for over 20 years on multiple commercials, television series and feature films including “The Hulk,” “Silent Hill,” and “Hairspray.”  Her strong understanding of on-set best practices and procedures lend significant value to WFW clients.

Merlo as industry guest: Technical Production (Oct. 4, 2013)

DAY FOUR

Lisa Baylin

VP, Content & Production, iThentic

As VP, Content & Production at iThentic, Lisa Baylin has developed multiple digital assets ranging from online video platforms to convergent Facebook games and has had to opportunity to produce various web series. Ms. Baylin recently received an International Emmy Award for Best Digital Program – Fiction and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Fiction for iThentic and 3 O’Clock. TV’s groundbreaking transmedia web series Guidestones (11). Previously, Ms. Baylin was the Program Manager at three funds supporting the Canadian television and new media industries: the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, the Independent Production Fund, and the COGECO Fund. In 2007, Ms. Baylin launched her own casting company, LB Casting. In addition, Ms. Baylin has produced two independent shorts films Albert (07) and Bagged (11). Bagged is also her directing debut and can be seen on CBC Canadian Reflections.

Baylin facilitates: Marketing & Digital Distribution (Oct. 5, 2013)

Deborah Day

Digital and Social Media Strategist, Digital Media Producer, Innovate by Day

Deb is an award -winning television and film director and producer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Using her finely-tuned communication, strategic and creative thinking skills, Deb works with entrepreneurs, businesses, production companies, distributors and broadcasters to create effective digital and social media strategies and content to engage customers, clients and audiences in the social media sphere. Deb’s passion both for storytelling and directly engaging with audiences, combined with her talent for listening, analyzing and connecting, has made her an in-demand consultant in the world of social, digital and transmedia.

Day facilitates: Marketing & Digital Distribution (Oct. 5, 2013)

 

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Exploring Digital Media with Interactive Ontario

Wednesday October 17 | 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Doors open at 6PM | Deluxe, 424 Adelaide St. E View Map

This installment of Goodmans Presents welcomes Donald Henderson, President and CEO of Interactive Ontario (IO), who will offer insights into digital media and provide an overview of the interactive industry—the types of companies it encompasses, kinds of projects they do, and opportunities for collaboration across sectors. The discussion is followed by a networking reception exclusively for members of WIFT-T and IO.

Donald Henderson

President and CEO, Interactive Ontario
Donald Henderson is a veteran of the interactive media industry with a wealth of industry knowledge and leadership experience. He served previously as Chief Operating Officer at Bedlam Games and Groove Media, and is currently the Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, and General Counsel of bitHeads Inc. He was the interactive producer on the Gemini-nominated Lost Girl transmedia project and is credited on a number of video game titles across various platforms.

If you’re interested in creating digital media projects, meeting interactive producers, or simply learning about different aspects of the interactive industry, don’t miss this event!

Goodmans Presents: Exploring Digital Media with Interactive Ontario is a FREE networking event exclusively for WIFT-T and IO members. Space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory. WIFT-T reserves the right to cancel or reschedule as necessary.

RSVPjgeddie@wift.com (“Goodmans Presents” as subject) or 416-322-3430 ext. 224

Help make the discussion relevant and informative. Submit questions with your registration. 

About Interactive Ontario

Interactive Ontario (IO) is a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the growth of the Ontario interactive digital content industry and acting as an industry advocate within Ontario and nationally as a founding member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance/Alliance interactive canadienne (CIAIC). Interactive Ontario also works with many interactive digital media stakeholders including those working in marketing, law, accounting services, research and academia.

About Goodmans Presents

Goodmans Presents is one of numerous, ongoing, exclusive benefits of WIFT-T membership. The increased focus on networking and a consistent line-up of high-profile industry guests make these events a must for industry professionals who are serious about advancing their careers. To become a member today, call the WIFT-T office at 416.322.3430 or email wift@wift.com. WIFT-T Membership is open to women and men.

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Goodmans LLP

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Applying to CMF? Take this first.

Corus Entertainment

October 31 – November 3, 2012 | Downtown Toronto

Open to both women and men, the Corus Convergent Media Program (CMP) is designed to enable independent producers who have interactive digital media or transmedia projects in development to prepare stronger CMF applications. Participants will master the integration of traditional media production with digital media and learn how to create and monetize rich and substantial transmedia properties.

The four-day incubator format is designed to move projects from development to production and includes a master class on accessing funding for digital media projects. You will be encouraged to tailor your project to meet the requirements for CMF funding.

Schedule  |  Faculty

Producers intending to apply to the following CMF deadlines are encouraged to register: Performance Envelope (Nov 27, 2012), Production Incentive (Nov 27, 2012), and Convergent Digital Media Initiative (Nov 27, 2012).

The registration fee is $500 (+ HST) per person. Registration is limited to 20 participants, both male and female. Five full-program bursaries are available to women who identify as: visible minority (see Bursary Eligibility below), Aboriginal, and/or living with a disability.

Benefits to Participant

  • Incubator-style group sessions with individual project feedback
  • First contact with CMF analysts
  • Case studies on successful transmedia projects, including equipment planning, budget management and building integrated project teams
  • Networking with financiers, distributors, lawyers, agents and other key business partners

When and Where

October 31 – November 3, 2012; full days – click here for daily schedule
Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue (Queen/Spadina), Toronto
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street (College/University), Toronto

Program Eligibility

  • Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident
  • Independent producer (woman or man) with an interactive digital media or transmedia project currently in development
  • At least two previous credits as a producer in film, TV or digital media
  • Three years’ professional experience in the industry is encouraged (film, television and/or digital media)
  • Successful candidates must be prepared to submit a Non-Disclosure Agreement, complete a final evaluation, and provide a testimonial on completion of the program
  • Registration is encouraged from producers intending to apply to the following CMF deadlines: Performance Envelope (Nov 27, 2012), Production Incentive (Nov 27, 2012), and Convergent Digital Media Initiative (Nov 27, 2012)

Bursary Eligibility

  • Individual must be female from an under-represented group
  • For the purposes of this application, under-represented group is defined as: visible minority*, Aboriginal or a person with a disability
    *visible minority is defined as: Black/African/Caribbean, South Asian, North/Central Asian, West Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and/or Latin American
  • Individual must meet all general eligibility requirements

Registration Closed for 2012

Registration packages must include:

  • Registration form
  • Registration fee of $500 + HST (payable by cash, cheque or credit card)
  • Letter of intent for participating in this program (no more than two pages)
  • Resume / CV (no more than two pages), including web link to recent work
  • One-page synopsis of interactive digital media or transmedia project currently in development, including simple budget for project

For more information, please contact Renee Robinson, WIFT-T Programming & Business Affairs Manager, at rrobinson@wift.com.

Presenting Partner

Corus Entertainment

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2012 Deluxe Producer Internship: Anlina Rana

Anlina Rana is an emerging Canadian filmmaker/producer and the winner of the 2012 WIFT-T Deluxe Producer Internship.

While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto, Anlina interned at Rogers Television where she worked on live-to-air shows and helped produce two segments for the award winning series, Structures. After graduating, Anlina interned for SEE10, a television production company in Florence, Italy. While in Florence, Anlina also aided in coverage of the Florence Biennale, the International Festival of Contemporary Art.

While obtaining the Continued Education Certificate in Film Production at Ryerson University, Anlina’s one-minute short, Restaurant Waltz, was nominated twice for best achievement in editing and best achievement in Motion Picture Production 1 at the Peter Gerresten Awards. Her short, Last Call, was also nominated twice and was awarded the Peter Gerresten film award for best achievement in Motion Picture Production 1.

Anlina is currently working on multiple shorts, music video treatments and documentaries at various stages of production. She is in the postproduction stages for The Bicycle Opera Project, shot on tour in early July, and for Monastery Waltz, shot in a mediaeval monastery in Abruzzo, Italy. Anlina is also in the development phase of a short that she co-wrote called Apri Occhi and hopes to have it in production next year.

About the Deluxe Producer Internship

Now in its sixth year, the annual Deluxe Producer Internship provides an emerging Canadian female producer with invaluable hands-on postproduction training. Anlina will join Deluxe Postproduction at their world-class facility in downtown Toronto for a three-week internship commencing in November. She will shadow some of the company’s top Toronto-based executives and technical experts, learning about production equipment planning and requirements and postproduction video, film and sound.

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Goodmans Presents: Meet the CMPA

September 26 | 6:30PM – 9:00PM | Deluxe, 424 Adelaide St. E

Doors open at 6PM | View Map

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is Canada’s national trade association for independent producers, representing 400+ companies in film, television and digital production. In this panel and networking event, staff and members of CMPA will join WIFT-T to explore key issues affecting the industry, including recent Terms of Trade developments; labour relations with the WGC, ACTRA, DGC and IATSE; CRTC regulatory developments; and new business and financing models.

This Goodmans Presents is open to both WIFT-T and CMPA members. If you’re hoping to expand your network or learn more about the industry, don’t miss this event!

Panelists

Lindsey Vodarek, Acting Director, Membership Development and Outreach, CMPA
Reynolds Mastin, Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Officer, CMPA

Q&A will follow the panel discussion. We invite participants to help make this event relevant and informative; please feel free to submit your questions with your registration. The evening concludes with an informal wine and cheese networking reception.

Registration

Goodmans Presents: Meet the CMPA is a FREE networking event exclusively for WIFT-T and CMPA members. Space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory. WIFT-T reserves the right to cancel or reschedule as necessary.

RSVP | jgeddie@wift.com or 416.322.3430 ext. 224

Goodmans Presents is one of numerous, ongoing, exclusive benefits of WIFT-T membership. The increased focus on networking and a consistent line-up of high-profile industry guests make these events a must for industry professionals who are serious about advancing their careers. To become a member today, call the WIFT-T office at 416.322.3430 or email wift@wift.com. WIFT-T Membership is open to women and men.

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Goodmans LLP

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2013 Convergent Media Program Schedule

Business Model Canvas Workshop

Wednesday, October 2 | 9:30am to 5pm

CMPA Boardroom (Queen/John)

Presented by The ASTOUND Initiative, the Business Model Canvas Workshop trains content producers to use business model design techniques and tools to help them identify their unique business model. The workshop walks participants through the “business model canvas” using the Alexander Osterwalder method, evolved by CFC Media Lab for the creative content industry. This workshop takes a participatory approach to create an empowering and interactive working environment that fosters understanding, discussion, creativity, and analysis. The workshop team will lead content producers through a series of exercises to help participants identify their various business models and provide a blueprint for their current and/or future projects.

Wednesday, Oct 2 | 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 OMDC Master Class
St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre | 150 King St W

This Master Class will explore government funding with respect to services delivered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation that apply to digital media products including the Interactive Digital Media Fund and the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit and how these funds fit into a financing plan.  A mini case study will be presented to illustrate a successful interactive digital media product. OMDC digital media program consultants will be on hand to answer questions about best practices and application evaluation processes. Registration for the Master Class is available online, and includes access to the reception.

Wednesday, October 2 | 6:30pm to 8pm
 Opening Networking Reception

This catered reception will provide networking for sponsors, funders, producers, and transmedia professionals. By invitation only.

Interactive Project Management

Thursday, October 3 | 9:30am – 5pm

CMPA Boardroom (Queen/John)

The project management process for film and television projects differs greatly from the project management process for IDM projects. With funding requirements now including integration as a major component, what are the best practices for this new mode of workflow? This session explores strategies for integrating workflows and building successful project teams in order to streamline productivity and avoid costly production trial and error in the design and development of successful multi-platform projects.

Technical Production

Friday, October 4 | 9:30am to 5pm

CMPA Boardroom (Queen/John)

This session explores the differences in technical planning required to successfully implement a transmedia project. We will explore different production formats and platforms, and how this affects your scheduling and budgeting. The session will use case studies to explore how to avoid costly trial and error in technical production, how to enhance possibilities for user engagement, and how multiple platforms are changing the way we produce and consume content.

Marketing and Digital Distribution

Saturday, October 5 | 9:30am – 5pm

CMPA Boardroom (Queen/John)

This session explores the commissioning process for interactive projects, both as interactive extensions and as creative standalones. Digital marketing strategies will also be examined by looking at the distinct features of each digital platform and how to engage your online community on multiple screens. Participants will critically assess their projects in light of digital distribution opportunities, and learn how to integrate marketing strategies to mobilize audiences and content consumers.

 

Go to: CMP Main Page  |  Faculty

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2012 Kodak New Vision Mentorship: Simonee Chichester

WIFT-T is pleased to announce emerging writer/director/producer Simonee Chichester (pictured) as winner of the 2012 Kodak New Vision Mentorship.

Chichester will receive coaching and mentorship from Tamara Shannon, Vice President of Marketing at Entertainment One Films Canada, and Ingrid Veninger, internationally-acclaimed producer/director (I am a good person/I am a bad person, Modra). The sessions will focus on the business and creative development of Chichester’s current feature film project, Merv.

“Through the Kodak New Vision Mentorship, emerging female filmmakers get the chance to learn from the best in this business,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to play a role in the advancement of women’s careers and would like to thank Kodak Canada for their ongoing partnership.”

Now in its eighth year, the national competitive Kodak New Vision Mentorship provides an eligible WIFT-T member with full registration to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the chance to prepare for the fest through one-on-one sessions with industry mentors.

In the lead-up to TIFF, Chichester will work with Veninger and Shannon on the creative and business development plans for Merv, including scheduling meetings with key project collaborators and executive producers.

“Our continued partnership with WIFT-T, and the ongoing success of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship, allows us to offer support to talented Canadian directors,” says Rhonda Lockwood, Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging Account Manager. “Having the expertise of industry professionals such as Tamara Shannon and Ingrid Veninger to foster the vision of an emerging female filmmaker emphasizes the importance of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship.”

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, Chichester has written, directed and produced fiction and non-fiction for the web, film and television, including her critically acclaimed documentary, Chichester’s Choice. Her recently-released CBC short, My Guy, is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world.

As part of the program, Chichester will receive a $5,000 credit for the purchase of Kodak Motion Picture film stock and a Kodak digital camera valued at $500. She will be acknowledged at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 4th in Toronto.

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2012 Kodak New Vision Mentors: Ingrid Veninger & Tamara Shannon

Ingrid Veninger

Director, Producer & Screenwriter

Born in Bratislava and raised in Canada, Ingrid Veninger is a Producer with numerous award-winning credits to her name. In 1991, she produced the Gemini-nominated performance documentary Standards with Jeremy Podeswa, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Holly Cole and Molly Johnson. Since then, she has worked as a producer with many leading filmmakers and Gemini Award winners.

Ingrid formed pUNK Films Inc. in 2003 with a ‘nothing is impossible’ manifesto. Ingrid has made numerous films, including: Gambling, Gods and LSD, (TIFF 2002, Genie Award for Best Documentary), The Limb Salesman (TIFF 2004), Only (TIFF 2008), Nurse.Fighter.Boy (TIFF 2008, nominated for 10 Genie Awards in 2010, including Best Motion Picture), and Modra (TIFF 2010, official selection Canada’s TOP TEN).

Currently, Ingrid is co-producing Peter Mettler’s new feature film, The End of Time, a Swiss/Canadian co-production in association with The National Film Board of Canada, and distributing her next feature as director/writer/producer/actor, recently shot in the UK, Paris and Berlin, entitled i am a good person/i am a bad person (TIFF 2011).

Tamara Shannon

Vice President, Marketing, Entertainment One Films Canada

Tamara Shannon is currently Vice President Marketing for eOne Films Canada where she leads the strategic marketing initiatives, across all media, for a diverse group of film product.  Recent releases include Gnomeo & Juliet, Barney’s Version, The Tree of Life, 50/50, The Twilight Saga, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Prior to joining eOne in 2008, Tamara was an Account Director at Endeavour Advertising where she managed a variety of clients, including Cineplex Entertainment, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Dundee Bank of Canada and the TIFF Group.

Tamara started her career at Lions Gate Films as Executive Assistant before being promoted to Development Manager. She later moved to ThinkFilm where she oversaw marketing and development on several film campaigns including Spellbound, Born Into Brothels and Murderball. Tamara studied film production at Ryerson University where she received a BAA in Film Production.

Tamara is on the Genie Advisory Board for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and is an executive volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

About the Kodak New Vision Mentorship

Now in its eighth year, the national competitive Kodak New Vision Mentorship provides an eligible WIFT-T member with full registration to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the chance to prepare for the fest through one-on-one sessions with industry mentors. The 2012 winner, Simonee Chichester, will receive coaching and mentorship from Shannon and Veninger to guide the business and creative development of Chichester’s current feature film project.

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Corus Convergent Media Program Deadline

October 24-27, 2012 | Downtown Toronto

The Corus Convergent Media Program is essential for those who want to master the integration of traditional media production with digital media. Through formal instruction, case studies and panels, participants learn how to create and monetize rich and substantial transmedia properties. The four-day incubator format is tailored for moving projects from development to production, and includes a master class on accessing funding for digital media projects. Participants will be encouraged to tailor project requirements for CMF funding with the goal that those who complete the program will have stronger CMF applications.

Registration is limited to 20 participants, both male and female. Five full-program bursaries are available for women from under-represented groups (visible minority, Aboriginal, living with a disability). The registration fee is $500 (+ HST) per person.

Benefits to Participant

  • Incubator-style group sessions with individual project feedback
  • First contact with CMF analysts
  • Case studies on successful transmedia projects, including equipment planning, budget management and building integrated project teams
  • Networking with financiers, distributors, lawyers, agents and other key business partners

When and Where

When | Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2012, from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Where | Centre for Social Innovation (Queen/Spadina), Toronto

  • Wednesday, Oct 31: Budgets and Business Models
  • Thursday, Nov 1: Interactive Project Management
  • Thursday, Nov 1: CMF Master Class on Funding
  • Friday, Nov 2: Marketing and Digital Distribution

Saturday, Nov 3: Technical Production

Eligibility

  • Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident
  • Must be able to participate in all workshops and program events
  • Independent producer with an interactive digital media or transmedia project currently in development
  • At least two previous credits as a producer in film, TV or digital media
  • Minimum three years’ professional experience in the industry is encouraged (film, television and/or digital media)
  • Successful candidates must be prepared to submit a Non-Disclosure Agreement, complete a final evaluation, and provide a testimonial on completion of the program
  • Registration is encouraged from producers intending to apply to the following CMF deadlines: Performance Envelope (Nov 27, 2012), Production Incentive (Nov 27, 2012), and Convergent Digital Media Initiative (Nov 27, 2012)

Bursary Eligibility

  • Individual must be female from an under-represented group
  • For the purposes of this application, under-represented group is defined as: visible minority*, Aboriginal or a person with a disability
    *visible minority is defined as: Black/African/Caribbean, South Asian, North/Central Asian, West Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and/or Latin American
  • Individual must meet all general eligibility requirements

Registration Deadline | Monday October 15, 2012, 5pm EDT

Registration is available for up to 20 independent producers (both male and female) with an interactive digital media or transmedia project currently in development. Registration packages will be vetted by the WIFT-T Programming Manager to ensure eligibility.

Registration forms are available from the WIFT-T website (www.wift.com) Registration packages must be submitted by email to jgeddie@wift.com by Monday, October 15, 2012, at 5PM EDT.

Registration packages must include:

  • Registration form
  • Registration fee of $500 + HST (payable by cash, cheque or credit card)
  • Letter of intent for participating in this program (no more than two pages)
  • Resume / CV (no more than two pages)
  • Personal Bio (no more than 300 words)
  • DVD, digital copy or online link to recent work
  • One-page synopsis of interactive digital media or transmedia project currently in development
  • Development Plan, including simple budget for project

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Corus Entertainment

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WIFT-T announces Picture Box TV Distribution Mentorship

WIFT-T is pleased to announce a new mentorship opportunity in partnership with Picture Box Distribution.

The inaugural WIFT-T Picture Box Television Distribution Mentorship will provide one emerging Canadian female professional with a three-month internship to learn about the distribution, marketing and selling of Canadian programs internationally—from pitch of show to close of sale. She will work alongside and receive mentorship from Picture Box partners Kate Sanagan and Marilyn Kynaston.

“This mentorship is significant because it fills a training gap not only in WIFT-T’s program slate, but also in the industry as a whole,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “The winner will receive an unparalleled opportunity to learn from leading professionals and gain hands-on work experience in the distribution sector. WIFT-T is very grateful to Picture Box for their support of this initiative.”

The successful applicant will join Picture Box in preparing for and attending MIPTV—the premier international trade market—in April 2013. She will attend meetings with international broadcasters and producers and will learn about the acquisition process and content packaging for international markets.

“Picture Box is excited and proud to partner with WIFT-T on this mentorship,” says Sanagan. “We feel strongly that a new generation of distributors needs to be nurtured to continue the marketing of our excellent homegrown programs internationally.”

The mentorship takes place in Toronto in February 2013 and concludes after attendance at MIPDoc/MIPTV in Cannes in April 2013.

Applications, which are now being accepted, close August 20th. The winner will be announced in early October after interviews with short-listed candidates. Complete guidelines and the application form available here.

Picture Box Distribution is an international media sales agency and distribution company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. The company provides cost-effective and efficient distribution and marketing services to Canadian producers of factual and youth-oriented programming. Visit www.picturebox.ca.

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Katy Swailes
Communications Officer
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)
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WFW Production Manager Mentorship Winner : Monica Côté

WIFT-T, in partnership with William F. White International Inc., is pleased to announce Monica Côté as winner of the 2012 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship. The competitive program provides an emerging Canadian female production manager with hands-on training and mentorship at William F. White’s world-class production complex in Toronto.

“We’re grateful to partner with William F. White to offer this important mentorship for a second year,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is committed to providing professional development opportunities that inspire, nurture talent, and promote diversity in the industry, and this initiative fulfills that aim by addressing the need for production training at the emerging level. Congratulations Monica!”

Côté will join William F. White for ten days as an intern to learn about production equipment for digital projects, television and film equipment planning, resource management, and budget planning. She will also receive three direct mentorship sessions with established production managers Anna Beben (“Transporter”, “Firehouse Dog”“Dan For Mayor”) and Kellyann Murphy (“Party Mamas”“My House, Your Money”“The Gavin Crawford Show”).

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with WIFT-T on this important continuing initiative,” says Paul Bronfman, William F. White Chairman & CEO. “It’s a great opportunity to provide mentorship and advancement to Canadian women in our industry while reinforcing our longtime commitment to the next generation of production professionals.”

In the last year, Côté has worked as a production manager on the transmedia film Call of Duty: Project Kingfish—now approaching 2.5 million hits on YouTube—and Shelter, a short film for Evil Genius Productions that will hit the festival circuit later this year. She also produced her own short film, Chimera. Côté is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2012 William F. White Production Manager Mentorship.

“This mentorship provides a one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experience in all aspects of production planning,” adds Lowell Schrieder, Director of Marketing & Communications for William F. White. “It will ultimately help emerging talent build confidence and relationships, while opening doors for a career in production management.”

Additional benefits include complimentary enrollment in the production management and production accounting modules of the WIFT-T Business Management for Media Professionals Program.

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2012 Development Incubator Schedule

DI Overview  |  Testimonials

June 19 | The Producers’ Suite

9:30am | Continental breakfast, intro and overview

10:00am | The Financing Matrix

  • Step 1: Who to target
    • Funding agencies, theatrical distributors, networks
    • Matching your story genre with each investor
    • Navigating the chicken-and-the-egg syndrome: who to approach first?
    •  The Process: from development funding to production financing
  • Step 2: What to present
    • The essential elements for each pitch
    • Roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • Step 3: When to present
    • Funding guidelines schedule
    • Network acquisition time-frame

1:00pm | Lunch with The Money
Finance representatives join the group for an informal meet-and-greet over lunch.

2:00pm | The Business of Feature Film
Comprehensive instruction by a successful production manager that outlines financing scenarios specific to different scales of productions.

5:30pm | Networking Reception
Participants network with key industry leaders and previous program participants at this catered, invitation-only event.

June 20 | The Writers’ Forum

9:30am | Continental breakfast

10:00am | The Journey of the Script

  • Roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • What makes a script marketable?
  • What makes a strong story?
  • What does a development team look for?
  • What happens to your script after it is written?

1:00pm | Lunch with The Agents
Legal advisors and agency representatives join the group for an informal meet-and-greet over lunch.

2:00pm | Script Breakdown
Participants receive targeted feedback on strengths and potential weaknesses in their scripts, and strategies on how to improve marketability.

June 21 | Marketing and Pitching

9:30am | Continental breakfast

10:00am | Creating a Marketing Plan

  • Introduction to persuasive communication
  • The “features and benefits” module
  • What is a marketing package? One-liner, synopsis, treatment, script
  • Packaging your project
  • The brochure or one-sheet
  • The written marketing plan: step-by-step guide
  • The business proposal and the project: how to weave the two together

1:00pm | Working lunch
Teams practice their pitches.

2:00pm | The Pitch
Targeted instruction for each team discussing how to pitch yourself and your project.

June 22 | Closing the Deal

9:30am | Continental breakfast

10:00am | Market Awareness

  • Why you should care what the market wants
  • The two major markets
  • The six fundamental questions
  • Is your project ready for the market?

1:00pm | Lunch with The Distributors
Distribution representatives join the group for an informal meet-and-greet over lunch.

2:00pm | Distribution Feedback

  • What does a distributor look for? How do you get noticed internationally?
  • Emerging distribution platforms: do they change the development plan?
  • Participants receive individual feedback on how to how to approach markets and viable distribution strategies

4:30pm | Debrief
Program debrief and plan a road map for your next steps.

June – Sep | Story Editing

Participating teams are matched with a story editor appropriate to their project, resulting in a revised draft completed within three months of the Development Incubator. The program is fully complete once teams have submitted their revised script and final business reports.

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2013 Media Management Program Faculty

2013 Faculty:

Day 1: March 24 | Financial Planning and Budget Management

Mike McGuigan 

Managing Partner & CFO, Interactive Division, Breakthrough Entertainment

Michael has twenty years experience in television, interactive media and radio, having previously worked at a senior management level in television distribution with 20th Century Fox/Astral Television Distribution Ltd. and in television production and distribution with Cambium Films and Television. Currently, with Breakthrough Entertainment, Michael is the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner of the Interactive Division.

Michael has acted as Executive Producer on all of Breakthrough’s interactive projects for the past 10 years which includes websites and online, ITV and iPhone and mobile games. Michael served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s (CFTPA) New Media Committee for 6 years and currently serves on various CFTPA sub-committees. Michael also sits on the OMDC’s Interactive Digital Media Industry Advisory Committee.

 

Day 2: March 22 | Value Proposition and Writing your Business Plan

Aaron Williamson

Vice President, Value Web

Aaron is a consultant, designer, facilitator and scribe using models of creativity, co-creation and human interaction to design collaborative processes for problem-solving, community creation, strategic planning and business model redesign.

As Vice President of The Value Web, an international non-profit, he focuses on applying design and visualization to help business, government and civil-society leaders solve the world’s most pressing problems.

 

Industry Guest:

Katherine Roos

Small Business Manager, Economic Development, Culture & Tourism Division City of Toronto

Katherine has personally counselled thousands of small businesses as an advisor, consultant and trainer. She has hands-on experience managing her own business and has served small business owners in senior positions in both public and private organizations.

As Small Business Manager with the City of Toronto’s Economic Development & Culture Division, Katherine oversees programs that serve more than 30,000 entrepreneurs, prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners every year. She provides input to economic development policy and facilitates linkages within the City’s diverse business community.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Katherine is a Charter member of TiE (the Indus Entrepreneurs), the Woman’s Executive Network (WXN) and a member of the Toronto Board of Trade.

 

Day 3: March 23 | Using Metrics and Analytics to Grow Your Media Business 

Gloria Roheim McRae

Chief Strategic Officer, Wedge15

Gloria began her career in public affairs, and slowly transitioned into the not-for-profit and then private sector before redefining herself as an entrepreneur. She has worn many hats, including policy advisor, international project manager, and market research consultant.

Before partnering with her husband Ricardo in Wedge15, Gloria ran her own social media agency consultancy and Founded My Kinda Woman.com. During her time as a social media consultant, she provided impactful solutions for clients ranging from the City of Toronto to a local travel company in Italy, and has spoken on the power of social media at Women in Film and Television, The University of Toronto and the Urban Financial Planner’s Association.

An avid blogger since 2001, she was an early adopter of Web 2.0 technology and digital communication. Her love for all things digital led her to develop workshops and talks on the power of social media. Soon, she partnered with Ricardo to customize websites, strategies and trainings for a variety of businesses. Gloria’s ability to master and maneuver this rapidly changing space and break it down for others to clearly understand, allows her to support the work of a variety of people and organizations across virtually any sector.

 

Day 4: March 24 | Management and Leadership Fundamentals

Lee-Anne Mcalear

Program Director of Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management at SEEC, Schulich School of Business, York University and Program Director Executive Update Residential Program and the founding partner of CURRENT

Lee-Anne has worked extensively in the innovation, leadership, and change management space in over 31 countries in both the public and private sectors.

She has piloted several global change initiatives that have, for example, delivered new approaches to brand revitalization, new methods for delivering patient care and new ways to address customer retention.

In her work at Schulich, she and her team are responsible for designing and delivering programs dedicated to enhancing the innovation and leadership capabilities of executives and their people with an aim to enhancing values-based leadership, managing change, and stimulating growth.

Lee-Anne is also a featured speaker with the premier Canadian speaking bureau, The National Speakers Bureau http://nsb.com/speakers/view/lee-anne-mcalear speaking on leading innovation for growth at conferences around the world.

Her client list includes companies such as Sony, Rogers, RBC, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Reckitt BenKieser, University Health Network, CIBC, Deloittte, Toyota and AstraZeneca – to name a few.

 

 

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Career Advancement Program: Become Your Best Self

Where | St. Andrew’s Club, 150 King St. W, 27th Floor
Members | $16.95 (HST included)
Non-members | $22.60 (HST included)
Register | Complete a Programming Registration Form 

Are you at a turning point in your career and considering a new direction? Maybe you’ve achieved success and are looking for greater fulfillment. Whether the shift is personal, professional, or both, Coach Robin Altman will discuss how to discover your purpose and get connected with who you are when you’re at your best.

Join us for the second breakfast in the Career Advancement Program (CAP) and discover how to carve out a clearer vision and path for your future, increase your performance and prosperity, discover what you truly want, and transition to a more authentic and fulfilling way of living. Register now!

Speaker | Robin Altman, Founder and Principal, Radiate Coaching

About the CAP

The WIFT-T Career Advancement Program is a breakfast series providing screen-based media professionals with relevant and insightful career development strategies. Participants learn how to leverage their skills in order to succeed within the highly-segmented screen-based industry.  

Members buy four get one free! Non-members buy four get one 75% off*  

Five-Session Package (choose any five!)
WIFT-T Members | $75 $60 (+ HST)
Non-Members | $100 $85 (+ HST)
*Please note no refunds will be given for unused sessions.

Sessions are limited to 35 participants. For inquiries, contact Renée Robinson at rrobinson@wift.com.  

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2012 Development Incubator Application Deadline

The  WIFT-T Development Incubator is a national competitive program designed to kick start market-driven feature films and support the next generation of Canadian feature film professionals.

Up to six producer/writer teams receive the opportunity to work with Canadian and international producers, development executives and story editors on the development of feature-length projects. Teams are matched with a story editor appropriate to their projects, resulting in a revised draft completed within three months of the Incubator.

Benefits

  • Incubator-style group sessions on script, development, financing and marketing
  • One-on-one consultations with creative and financial experts
  • Case studies on Canadian and international development, co-productions and financing
  • Networking with financiers, distributors, lawyers, agents and other key business partners
  • Editing sessions with an experienced story editor to strengthen narrative and character arcs and develop a more marketable script (approx. three months of contact)
  • Complimentary enrolment in WIFT-T writing workshops, including the Women Writers Workshop and the two-part Feature Film Writing Program

Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary

The Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary supports one producer/writer team residing currently in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba with at least one female team member (writer or producer). The bursary covers economy round-trip flights and the full program fee. Click here for complete guidelines and the application form.

Program Info

When | June 19-22, 2012, 9:30am – 5:30pm.
Where | Downtown Toronto (venue TBC)
Eligibility | Please see Guidelines
Program Fee | $500 (+ HST) for successful applicants

The WIFT-T Development Incubator is a national competitive program adjudicated by an industry selection committee. All applicants are responsible for an administration fee of $28.25 upon submitting their application. Please refer to the Guidelines and Application Form (below) for complete details.

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Telefilm


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Career Advancement Program: Women and Boards

When | Friday November 30, 2012
Where
 
| St. Andrew’s Club, 150 King St. W, 27th Floor
Members*
| $19.01 includes processing fee & HST
Guests
| $24.96 includes processing fee & HST

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Deborah Gillis, Chief Operating Officer, Catalyst

Contributing to corporate governance is not only a rewarding career advancement step, but also increases recognition of your impact in your area of expertise. Nevertheless, in the Canadian broadcasting industry, 50% of surveyed firms in the WIFT-T Framework II study indicated that they have no representation of women at the board or ownership level.  Similarly, 90% of firms had neither Aboriginal people nor persons with disabilities at the board/ownership level, and none of the broadcasters surveyed have visible minority representation at the board or ownership level.

Deborah Gillis, Chief Operating Officer at Catalyst, will present some of the issues and current data surrounding women and board representation, and examine the factors that are holding women back.  What can companies do to increase women’s representation in corporate governance? What is the difference between mentorship and sponsorship? What should women who wish to advance be doing differently?

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About the CAP

The WIFT-T Career Advancement Program is a breakfast series providing screen-based media professionals with relevant and insightful career development strategies. Participants learn how to leverage their skills in order to succeed within this highly-segmented industry. Click here to view all sessions!

Space is limited. For inquiries, contact Renée Robinson at rrobinson@wift.com.

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Career Advancement Program: Career Transition in Difficult Times

When | Friday October 26, 8:30am – 10:00am 
Where
| St. Andrew’s Club, 150 King St. W, 27th Floor
Members* | $19.01 includes processing fee & HST
Guests | $24.96 includes processing fee & HST

*Find member promo codes in the Member Zone.

Joanna WebbJoanna Webb, Founder & Managing Director, Mojojo Media

The past few years have been tumultuous for media consolidation and many have felt the effects of mergers and acquisitions. Join Joanna Webb as she presents insights on her transition from SVP Programming at a major Canadian broadcaster to launching a successful media consulting firm. Joanna will share tips on adapting to industry change and identifying and executing your next steps.

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About Joanna

With a unique ability to turn strong creative vision into outstanding business results, Joanna Webb works with clients to identify core competencies and grow their businesses with a focused approach to targeting key clients and partners.

Prior to founding Mojojo Media, Joanna was Senior Vice-President of Programming for Bell Media’s CTV Network and its specialty services. She worked at Corus Entertainment for 15 years, driving consistent audience and revenue growth as VP Programming Kids, VP Programming Women’s and VP Head of Programming, and was instrumental in launching numerous specialty services in Canada, including E! Network, Cosmopolitan Television, Oprah Winfrey Network, W Movies and Discovery Kids.

About the CAP

The WIFT-T Career Advancement Program is a breakfast series providing screen-based media professionals with relevant and insightful career development strategies. Participants learn how to leverage their skills in order to succeed within this highly-segmented industry. Click here to view all sessions. Next session: Women and Boards.

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Career Advancement Program (CAP): Entrepreneurship 101

Where | St. Andrew’s Club, 150 King St. W, 27th Floor
Members*
| $19.01 includes processing fee & HST
Guests
| $24.96 includes processing fee & HST
Register | Click here!

*For Member discount promo codes, log in to the Member Zone.

Femme-o-nomics is a networking and content portal that tackles the issues faced by professional women, such as the demand of the business world and the complexities of modern families. In this session, founder Leah Eichler will speak about the process of starting this business and will offer tips and tricks for prospective entrepreneurs—including accessing startup grants and government funding, managing expectations, communicating with confidence, and networking effectively. Leah’s presentation will focus on shifting motivations and entrepreneurial approaches, and is essential for anyone considering starting their own business.

Speaker | Leah Eichler, Founder, Femme-O-Nomics.com @Femmeonomics, Leah’s Globe and Mail column

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About the CAP

The WIFT-T Career Advancement Program is a breakfast series providing screen-based media professionals with relevant and insightful career development strategies. Participants learn how to leverage their skills in order to succeed within this highly-segmented industry. Click here to view all sessions!

Members buy four get one free! Non-members buy four get one 75% off*

Five Pack Promo (choose any five!)
Members** | $75 $60 + processing fee + HST ($72.65) Register now!
Non-Members | $100 $85 + processing fee + HST ($102.46) Register now!

*Please note no refunds will be given for unused sessions.
**For Member discount promo codes, log in to the Member Zone.

Space is limited. For inquiries, contact Renée Robinson at rrobinson@wift.com.

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Career Advancement Program: Where The New Jobs Are

When | Friday September 28, 8:30am – 10:00am
Where
| St. Andrew’s Club, 150 King St. W, 27th Floor
Members* | $19.01 includes processing fee & HST
Guests | $24.96 includes processing fee & HST

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Technology has created a host of new job descriptions, functions and roles that need to be filled. In this Career Advancement Program (CAP) breakfast session, our panelists shed light on these and other questions: What are the new jobs? How do you get in? What skills do you need? How much do they pay? Registration includes continental breakfast.

Panelists

Terry Costantino
User Experience, Usability Matters

Deborah Day
Transmedia Producer, Digital and Social Media Strategist, Innovate By Day

Lucie Lalumière
Principal, Lalumiere Media

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About the CAP

The WIFT-T Career Advancement Program is a breakfast series providing screen-based media professionals with relevant and insightful career development strategies. Participants learn how to leverage their skills in order to succeed within this highly-segmented industry. Click here to view all sessions!

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Media Leadership Program: Industry Forward

The final session in the WIFT-T Media Leadership Program (MLP) allows participants to present their final projects, assigned in the first class, as well as hear from industry leaders about future perspectives and industry trends. The program closes with graduation certificates and cocktails.

Faculty: Industry speakers from broadcasting, production and interactive TBC

Note | Restricted to participants in the Media Leadership Program

About the MLP

The WIFT-T Media Leadership Program is a biennial program designed for mid to senior level women and men who want leading-edge academic knowledge and contemporary business and leadership skills required in the Canadian screen-based industry. Participants who complete the MLP receive a certificate from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

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Bell Media

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Career Advancement Program Sessions

2014 Speakers| 2014 CAP Overview

CAP#1 | Making your Money Work for You | February 11, 2014

The tax season is on the horizon! Whether you are self-employed, underemployed, full-time or a student, you need a strategy for your hard-earned money. Get informed and make smart decisions for investing, budgeting and managing your resources. Learn what your money style is, and take control in deciding how your money can work for you.  It’s never too early or late to invest in yourself and plan for your future.

Facilitator:

Sean Maple, CFP, PFP, Financial Planner, RBC
Nidhi Malhotra, MBA, Senior Account Manager, Business & Personal, RBC

CAP#2  | Discipline: Your Key to Success | March 4, 2014

Is there something you’re dying to achieve but just can’t get there? If you adopt discipline, you can achieve almost ANYTHING!  Join us for an evening that will help you understand how to develop the discipline required to achieve your loftiest goals. Coach Robin Altman, Founder of Radiate, will share carefully selected wisdom and practices taken from various approaches including neuroscience, psychology, sports, change theory, and the latest research to help you walk away with strategies that you can implement right away. Enlist a buddy to accompany you and amp up your chances for success. If there’s anything you want right now bad enough, join us.

Facilitator:
Robin Altman, B. Comm., ACPC, ACC
Executive Coach & Business Consultant
Radiate Coaching

CAP#3 | Be Your Own Career Coach – Learn How To Have Better Career Conversations With Your Manager (And Your Team) | April 15, 2014

Hoping that your organization has a well thought out career plan for you is so 1988.  In today’s free market workplace, individuals need to take control of their careers and, if your boss isn’t driving it, know how to have productive conversations about your careers.

In this session, you will have the opportunity to explore the stages of career engagement and learn a framework for helping you reflect on your career priorities in order to have more meaningful career conversations with your supervisor (or yourself!).  You’ll also be able to use this approach with your direct reports.  Come prepared to engage and share in this interactive session.
You will learn:

–          How to assess where you are on the Career Doom Loop

–          The 3 roles any good manager must play when it comes to career conversations

–          The Career Conversation Model Framework

–          How to develop a plan for your upcoming career conversation

Facilitator:
Glain Roberts-McCabe
President
The Executive Roundtable Inc.

CAP#4 | Navigating Workplace Politics | May 13, 2014

When you are faced with bad bosses, cut throat colleagues and restricted resources, the workplace can be more dramatic than the hottest scripted TV show. Power dynamics and unwritten rules are present in most work environments. Understanding and having a strategy to navigate office politics is important for your career. This seminar will explore the workplace political environment and look at strategies to help you steer your way through rough seas and ensure your career path stays intact.

Facilitator:
Susan Ross, Partner
ISM Access  

CAP#5 | The Gal’s Got Game: Be a Player 101 | June 3, 2014

There are plenty of women who love following sports. But those who don’t could be missing out on potential business development opportunities. Rekha Shah, co-founder of The Gal’s Got Game and resident sports expert, will help you get into the game 101 style and use it to your advantage (maybe even winning some business!). The Gal’s Got Game – a sports media brand created by women and dedicated to helping busy professional women keep up-to-date on sports – will help you get or stay in the game.

After this session you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of how sports talk can positively increase your value in the workplace
  • Learn how different leagues work
  • Acquire tools to help you on your sports learning journey

Registrants of this session (CAP #5) will be added to The Gal’s Got Game distribution list but will have the option to unsubscribe after they receive the first email. Only applies to CAP #5 attendees.

Facilitator:
Rekha Shah, Co-Founder of The Gal’s Got Game and in-house sports expert
Lally Rementilla, Co-Founder, The Gal’s Got Game

CAP #6 | Leading & Innovation | July 8, 2014

Leading with Innovation starts with creating a benchmark for creativity, then raising the bar to the next level. Bringing creativity into conversation takes curiosity, insight, inspiration and a whole lot of courage. This topic explores the edges of curiosities of creative uncertainty, seeking feedback and trusting in ourselves, others, and the creative process.

CAP#7 | Creativity Session | October 7, 2014

Session description TBA.

Facilitator:
Elizabeth C. Huggins
Strategist, Innovation Catalyst, Trainer
Marketing,  Innovation  Change Unlimited

CAP#8 | Managing Up | November 4, 2014

Often, managers who are skilled at training and motivating their staff tend to ignore opportunities to develop strong relationships with their own bosses. Paying attention to your boss’s management and communication style, including assessing their weaknesses and strengths, will help you develop strategies for getting what you need from people who don’t report to you. This seminar will teach you how to think about your boss not as a boss but as a client. Managing up can help you get the information and resources you need, cope with micromanaging, juggle the priorities of multiple bosses, sell your ideas up and across your company, make the most of your boss’s influence, establish  a shared vision, and make your work more enjoyable.

Facilitator:
Carey-Ann Oestreicher
Chief Engagement Officer
Potential Unlimited

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Goodmans Presents: Through Her Lens – Women in Cinematography

Where | National Film Board Cinema, 150 John Street (at Richmond St. W)
RSVP (Members Only) | wift@wift.com or 416.322.3430 ext. 224  

It’s one of the most important aspects of film—and also one of the most infrequently discussed. Cinematography is where art and science converge to establish a film’s tone and style and create powerful, unforgettable images.

This panel and networking event will explore the world of cinematography through the perspective of prominent females working in the field.

Discussing what emerging filmmakers need to know about cinematography, exploring valuable resources, and offering insiders’ tips, this panel is a must-attend for anyone who wants to take their work to the next level or learn more about this intriguing area of film production. 

Featuring:
Sarah Moffat, Cinematographer and Director of Photography

Help make this event relevant and informative! Please feel free to submit questions with your registration.

Goodmans Presents: Women in Cinematography is a FREE networking event exclusively for WIFT-T members. Space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory. WIFT-T reserves the right to cancel or reschedule as necessary.

Please take note of our Attendance Policy: WIFT-T is committed to offering ongoing, free networking opportunities; however, we require a similar commitment from our members. Any member who fails to attend two sessions, without providing 48 hours cancellation notice, will no longer be able to register for free networking events.

Goodmans Presents is one of numerous, ongoing, exclusive benefits of WIFT-T membership. To become a member today, call the WIFT-T office at 416.322.3430 or email wift@wift.com. WIFT-T Membership is open to women and men.

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William F. White Production Manager Mentorship Testimonial

William F. White Production Manager MentorshipGuidelines

Corinne Herman, 2011

[The William F. White Production Manager Mentorship] proved to be even more valuable than I could have imagined.

A day in Remote Heads and Cranes was a very cool experience. Learning from the RHC team helped me feel more confident and informed. My time spent with Commercials was really helpful in terms of seeing which packages are the most appropriate for the different kinds of shoots, and what I can expect to need and do as a Production Manager.

I received a full tutorial on lighting and grip gear, dollies and everything in between. Brian [Dugan] was an excellent teacher and I learned more in three days than in the past five years working in production!

I met with PM Anna Beben who gave me insight and advice on building my independent career. A few weeks after the Mentorship, [Anna] got in touch with me about an opportunity with the supervising producer of a TV series in production.

This Mentorship was a fantastic opportunity for so many reasons—I was able to learn about so many aspects of Production Management from the most qualified people in the business, and the connections I made through Whites will benefit me throughout my career. A big thank you to everyone at WIFT-Toronto and William F. White.

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2014 Media Leadership Program Faculty

MLP Overview  |  Curriculum

Douglas Barrett
BA (York), MSc (Syracuse), LLB (Dalhousie) 

Visiting Scholar, CTV Professorship in Broadcast Management
Principal, barcode SDG

Douglas Barrett is the Principal of barcode SDG, a strategic and governance advisory firm. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Vancouver based Feldman Agency and an invited member of the City of Toronto’s Film, Television and Commercial Production Industry Committee, the Toronto Film Board. In June, 2013, Mr. Barrett received the John Peace Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award for his work at the School of Business.

From 2006 until the company’s sale in mid-2013, he was President & CEO of PS Production Services Ltd., one of Canada’s leading film and television equipment rental houses. PS was a mid-sized company with approximately 150 employees and operations in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.

From 2004 to 2008 he was Chair of the Canadian Television Fund’s Board of Directors, having served as a board member from 1994 to 1996, and legal counsel from 1996 to 2004. The Fund is the principal federal agency responsible for supporting television production in Canada.

For 20 years until 2006, Doug was the senior partner practising Media & Entertainment law at McMillan LLP under the KNOWlaw banner. He has repeatedly been listed by the legal directory LEXPERT as one of Canada’s 500 Leading Lawyers.

He has served on the Boards of the Canadian Media Production Association, the Banff Television Foundation and the Feature Film Project of the Canadian Film Centre. He was instrumental in founding the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program.

Karen Chiykowski

Lecturer, Financial Management
Schulich School of Business

Karen Chiykowski is a full-time award-winning instructor at the Schulich Schoolof Business teaching graduate level MBA and BBA courses in management accounting, corporate finance and financial analysis. Prior to joining York, Chiykowski spent 15 years in the finance function in the auto, software and investments industry.

 

Peter S. Grant
BA (UofT), LLB (UofT)

Adjunct Professor
Sr. Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Peter S. Grant is Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s largest law  firms, and past chair of its Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group.  He is also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Mr. Grant is an expert on communications law, copyright law, and cultural and trade policy.  He has pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and his practice is substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and cable television, pay and specialty programming services, new media, copyright collectives, and cultural industries, both in Canada and abroad.  He is an experienced copyright lawyer, with multiple appearances before the Copyright Board of Canada.  He has also acted on matters affecting book and magazine publishing policy, film and television production and the music industries.

Diana Kawarsky

Diana Kawarsky specializes in business communications for the Schulich School of Business, York University. She has more than 15 years of experience as a senior professional business writer and communications adviser. Along her career path, she has had the opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies throughout North America. Diana is a specialist in management effectiveness and team success, delivering training in areas including: business writing of all kinds, presentation skills, leadership and creative thinking/problem solving strategies. She has worked with more than 15,000 business professionals to date, helping them improve their management communications skills.

Alan Kennedy

Partner, Gibson Kennedy & Company
Alan is a founding member of Gibson Kennedy & Company, a management consulting firm offering strategy counsel and competitive research services.

Kennedy’s consulting practice focuses exclusively on helping senior management with project planning and strategy communication. He has extensive experience facilitating group discussions and preparing issues for presentation to boards and management.

Kennedy has been teaching courses on Strategic Management for the Schulich School of Business since 1992. Over 2,500 executives have attended his three-day course, Strategic Management, offered three times a year at the Schulich Executive Education Centre and twice a year by Saint Mary’s University’s Professional Development Division.

During his corporate career, Kennedy served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel for both Oxford Development Group and Campeau Corporation. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a member of the Honour Roll of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario.

Alex Lowy

Alex is an internationally renowned management instructor specializing in the creation of innovative work processes and information systems. As co-founder of Digital 4Sight, a global technology-solutions consulting firm with headquarters in Toronto and San Jose, Alex specializes in strategic problem solving and critical thinking skills, and is also the author of three best-selling publications in the field.

Trina McQueen, O.C.
BA (Carelton), Hon LLD (Mount St. Vincent; Carleton; Waterloo) 

Adjunct Professor
Schulich’s first Visiting CTV Professor in Broadcast Management, Trina McQueen has held senior executive and journalistic positions in the public and private sectors of Canadian television. She has been President and COO of CTV Inc; was the founding President of the Discovery Channel; and head of News Current Affairs and Newsworld for CBC. She has served on the Boards of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telefilm Canada, and the National Film Board Advisory Group. She was chair of the Banff Television Festival and of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters television board. For her services to broadcasting, she was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. She has been named a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, the Canadian News Hall of Fame and the Canadian Movie and Television Hall of Fame. Other awards include Canadian Journalism Foundation Award of Excellence and the Academy Achievement Gemini.

She is currently a Board member for the Canadian Opera Company, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Banff Centre for the Arts, Historica Canada, and the Literary Review of Canada.

Alan C. Middleton PhD
BSc (London, UK); MBA & PhD (York) 

Assistant Professor of Marketing • Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
After a stellar 25 year career as a marketing practitioner with Esso Petroleum, UOP Inc. then rising to the position of Executive Vice President and Board Director of J. Walter Thompson (JWT) worldwide and President/CEO of JWT Japan, Alan left to complete his PhD at the Schulich School of Business where he is currently on the faculty. He has also taught at Rutgers Graduate School of Business in the US, and business schools in Argentina, China, Russia and Thailand. In September 2001 he took over as Executive Director of the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) which trains over 16,000 managers and executives domestically and internationally.

Alan co-authored the books Advertising Works II and Ikonica – A Fieldguide to Canada’s Brandscape, and published papers for the ACA/ICA on Marketing Communications ROI,Client-Agency compensation strategies and Client – Agency Relations. He is a co-founder of the ‘Cassie’ advertising awards, is a member of the Academic Committee of Leger Marketing, and in 2005 he was inducted in to the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends in the mentor category.

Megan Mitchell
Program Director
Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management and Innovation Catalyst

Consultant, speaker, author and educator, Megan is Director of Happen North America, an insight-based innovation company, and co-director of SEEC’s Centre of Excellence in Applied Innovation Management. Megan is an accomplished leader in Innovation, Leadership Development and Change Management, with nearly 20 years of experience across multiple disciplines at Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  She helps companies transform through culture and targeted innovation initiatives that push boundaries. Her passion is leadership effectiveness to build innovation capacity and helping organizations build a culture of innovation. She is a winner of the W.E. Upjohn Award for Innovation. Megan is a regular contributor to the World Future Society and Mindcamp Creativity conferences and is part of the faculty for SEEC’s Masters Certificate in Business Leadership for Human Resource Professionals, which runs bi-annually.

Steve Ord
BA (Concordia), MBA (York) 

Sessional Lecturer
COO White Pine Pictures
Steve Ord joined White Pine pictures as their Chief Operating Officer in 2012 where he is responsible for the continued implementation of the strategic plan that has guided the Toronto indie to international success in the production of TV dramas and documentaries.

Steve has more than 20 years of management experience in the private and public sectors. As former Executive Vice President of Alliance Atlantis’ Entertainment Group, he was involved with the successful Crime Scene Investigation franchise series (CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY), the children’s business, and the extensive TV and film library of approximately 5,000 hours of programming. Previously, Steve was Executive Vice President of the Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group, where he was responsible for all business aspects of the Company’s TV and motion picture production business. He was also an Executive Producer on the popular and Gemini award winning drama series Cold Squad (98 episodes produced). Prior to working at ACC, Ord was Manager of Business Affairs at Telefilm Canada’s Toronto Office.

Steve was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (2001 through to 2005) and was Chair of the Association’s Tax and Finance Committee, he currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Independent Production Fund as their Vice-Chair and a member of the Finance Committee.

In 1995, he authored “Financing Your Production”, a chapter in Making It: The Business of Film and Television Production in Canada published by Doubleday Canada Limited in association with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship: Heidi Tao Yang

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce emerging producer Heidi Tao Yang as winner of the 2011 CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship.

Yang will join CBC Television for a week-long workshop at its downtown Toronto studio in February 2012. She will learn about the production and broadcast components of dramatic content for multiple platforms and receive the opportunity to develop business relationships with CBC drama staff.

“Canada’s public broadcaster is the ideal place for Heidi to develop her burgeoning talent and expand her creative vision,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “On behalf of WIFT-T, I’d like to thank CBC for their ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of Canadian production professionals.”

Yang has produced nine short dramatic films, worked on feature films and television series, and supervised over 30 hours of documentary television.

Currently, she is developing a feature film, a children’s animation series, and a documentary about communication barriers between first-generation immigrants and their second-generation children. She is a recent recipient of the CMPA Telefilm Producer Trainee Award.

Now in its fifth year, the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship is a competitive program that provides one emerging Canadian female producer with the opportunity to experience a unique look at CBC Television from “behind the screen.”

“We’d like to congratulate Heidi and welcome her to the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship,” says Trevor Walton, Executive Director of Scripted and Commissioned Programming for CBC English Services.

“Her practical experience, story-telling skills and international perspective will complement CBC’s focus on telling compelling and entertaining all-Canadian stories as we continue to meet the challenges our industry faces head-on,” Walton adds.

As the 2011 recipient, Yang will be acknowledged at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 5th in Toronto. She also receives a WIFT-T programming pass valued at $1,200 for continued professional development.


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2011 Kodak New Vision Creative Mentor: Deepa Mehta

 

Deepa Mehta

Director, Producer & Screenwriter

Deepa Mehta was born in India and received a degree in philosophy from the University
of New Delhi. In 1991, Mehta produced and directed her first feature film Sam & Me, the
poignant story of an unlikely friendship between two outcasts who form a deep and
permanent bond despite the fact that neither is welcome in the other’s world. Sam & Me
won the very first Honorable Mention by the Critics in the prestigious Camera D’Or
category at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1992, she directed a one-hour episode of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (the
adventures of Indiana Jones as a boy) produced by George Lucas for ABC television.
“Benares” was filmed on location in Benares, India.

In 1993, Mehta directed her second feature film, Camilla, a Canadian / UK co-production starring (the late) Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda. Other cast members included Elias Koteas, Maury Chaykin, Graham Greene and Hume Cronyn. It was shot on location in Toronto, Ontario and Savannah, Georgia. Camilla had a worldwide release early in 1995. Mehta directed the final episode of George Lucas’s Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in 1994. “Travels with Father” was shot on location in Prague, C.R. and Greece.

Fire, Mehta’s third feature film, based on an original screenplay, was written, directed and produced by Mehta. Fire opened the Perspective Canada Program at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was runner-up (with Fly Away Home) for the Air Canada People’s Choice Award. It was one of 29 films selected from over 1400 entries, worldwide, for the prestigious New York Film Festival. At the Vancouver International Film Festival, Fire won the Federal Express Award for Best Canadian Film as chosen by the audience. At the Chicago International Film Festival, it won two Silver Hugo Awards for Best Direction and Best Actress. In Mannheim, Fire won the Jury Award and in Paris, it was voted Favourite Foreign Film. Fire has currently been sold to 30 countries and had its North American release on August 22, 1997, followed by releases in Europe, Australia and India in September 1997.

Earth, based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s critically acclaimed novel, Cracking India, is the second film in Mehta’s trilogy of the elements, Fire, Earth and Water. Earth was shot in New Delhi, India, in January of 1998. It had its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival where it was received with a standing ovation and critical acclaim. Earth won the Prix Premiere du Public at the Festival du film Asiatique de Deauville (France) in March 1999 and the Critics’ Award at the Schermi d’Amore International Film Festival (Italy) in April of the same year. Currently, Earth has been sold to 22 countries and was selected by the Film Federation of India as India’s nomination for consideration for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

Her film Bollywood/ Hollywood opened the Perspective Canada Program at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, and has remained in the top 10 grossing English movies since its Canadian opening on October 25, 2002. In 2003 Mehta won the prestigious CineAsia “Best Director” Award – an acclaim awarded to Steven Spielberg in 2002.

Water, the third film in the “elements” trilogy, opened the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Water is the first Canadian film ever acquired by U.S. distributor Fox Searchlight and was released in the United States in the spring of 2006. Initially, Water was to be shot in India, but Hindu fundamentalists created riots, burnt the sets and issued death threats to the director and actors forcing the film to stop production in early 2000. The film was remounted and completed shooting in Sri Lanka in June 2004. Water has played many film festivals in North America and internationally, winning festival awards in Sudbury, Edmonton, Italy, Valladolid, Bangkok and San Francisco. The film received the Taormina Arte Awards for Cinematic Excellence in 2006. Water received the Golden Kinnaree Awards for best picture from the Bangkok International
Film Festival. The film was nominated for nine Genie awards, winning three. The Vancouver Film Critics Circle named Deepa Mehta the Best Director of a Canadian Film in 2006. More recently, the film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.

Mehta’s latest film, Heaven On Earth, is about immigration, isolation and the power of imagination. Starring Preity Zinta, the film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and was awarded a Silver Hugo for Best Actress at the Chicago International Film Festival. It also received Best Screenplay award at the Dubai International Film Festival, the Youth Jury Award a the Schermi d’Amore Film Festival in Verona, Italy and the Audience Award at the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.

Mehta’s next film is an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children.

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2011 Kodak New Vision Mentorship: Ana Valine

Toronto, ON – Women in Film & Television – Toronto is pleased to announce emerging director and writer Ana Valine as winner of the 2011 Kodak New Vision Mentorship.

Through the program, Valine meets one-on-one with Laurie May, Executive Vice President of Alliance Films Inc., and with internationally-acclaimed director Deepa Mehta to guide the business and creative development of her first feature film, Sitting on the Edge of Marlene.

“The Kodak New Vision Mentorship allows WIFT-T to support emerging Canadian female directors and play a role in their ongoing success,” says Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “On behalf of WIFT-T, I would like to thank Kodak Canada for their leadership in providing the next generation with hands-on experience.”

Currently, Valine is working with May on a business and development plan and is preparing for meetings with key industry connections. In early 2012, she will meet with Mehta to receive creative feedback on her script.

“I see mentorship as a mutually beneficial relationship,” says Mehta. “To have the opportunity to mentor an emerging filmmaker is as much about reinvigorating myself with the original, unweary imagination of a young filmmaker as it is about exposing them to the way a more experienced filmmaker works and handles creative decisions.”

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, Valine has written, directed and produced fiction, experimental and documentary short films, including her award-winning directorial debut alice & bastard.

Most recently, she directed the award-winning How Eunice Got Her Baby through the CFC Short Dramatic Film Program. She lives alternately in Vancouver and Toronto.

Now in its seventh year, the Kodak New Vision Mentorship is a competitive program providing an emerging Canadian female director with the opportunity to attend the Toronto International Film Festival and receive business and creative coaching from established industry professionals.

“Our continued partnership with WIFT-T, and the ongoing success of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship, allows us to offer support to talented Canadian directors,” says Rhonda Lockwood, Kodak Canada Entertainment Imaging Account Manager.

“Having the support and expertise of industry professionals such as Laurie May, Executive VP of Alliance Films Inc., and award-winning Director and Screenwriter Deepa Mehta to foster the vision of an emerging female filmmaker emphasizes the importance of the Kodak New Vision Mentorship,” Lockwood adds.

As the 2011 winner, Valine also receives a $5,000 credit for the purchase of Kodak Motion Picture film stock and will be acknowledged at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 5th in Toronto.

For more information, please visit wift.com.

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For media inquiries and accreditation at the 2011 Crystal Awards, please contact:
Katy Swailes
WIFT-T Communications Officer
416-322-3430 ext. 226
kswailes@wift.com


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BMMP | Marketing and Distribution

The third module in the WIFT-T Business Management for Media Professionals Program (BMMP), Marketing and Distribution will illustrate the importance of sales to a content producer’s bottom line. Participants receive insight on effective sales materials, from a “stop-them-in-their-tracks” proposal to email marketing.

Analysis on the distribution process will include the sales and marketing cycle, as well as key distribution agreement terms and conditions. Real-life examples will be deconstructed and discussed to examine how content producers can get the best return from partnerships with international distributors and/or content platforms.

Where | Humber College, Lakeshore Campus, 3199 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Instructor | Rekha Shah, VP Sales and Distribution, CCI Entertainment

About the Instructor: Bringing a wealth of experience and leadership to CCI Entertainment, Rekha Shah was formerly Director of Television Distribution at Alliance Films, where she worked with North American clients representing product from Endemol, CBS, New Line, Miramax, Weinstein Co, and the Alliance Atlantis catalogue. Previously, she was Director of Development for Toronto Star Television.

About the BMMP

The WIFT-T Business Management for Media Professionals Program is a certificate program, consisting of  five individual modules, essential for producers and broadcast professionals who want to understand the business of production. It is recommended for working professionals with up to three years’ industry experience or related academic training, and for those transitioning to a new area of the business. Participants who complete all five modules receive a certificate from Humber School of Media Studies & Information Technology. Modules may also be taken individually.

Fees and Registration

Complete a Programming Registration Form. Maximum capacity for each module is 25.

Individual Modules (3 classes/module)
WIFT-T Members | $300 (+ HST)
Non-Members | $400 (+ HST)

Full Program (15 classes)
WIFT-T Members | $1,500 (+ HST)
Non-Members | $2,000 (+ HST)

Presenting Partner

Bell Media

Supporting Partner

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