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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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