Richard Wilks

Richard Wilks

Affiliated Program

IDEABOOST

Biography

Richard has extensive experience in the broadcast, media and entertainment industries. He is currently doing business development and strategy work for digital media and entertainment technology companies and is also a mentor for Ryerson DMZ, one of Canada’s largest incubators and multi-disciplinary co-working spaces for entrepreneurs and for ideaBOOST, the Canadian Film Centre’s accelerator program for digital entertainment and technology start-ups. 

Previously, Richard was at Shaw Communications where he led the legal teams that negotiate all of Shaw’s content and format licences with Hollywood studios and other international television distributors and Shaw’s television, VOD and Internet distribution agreements with Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV operators. His dynamic approach to business and legal affairs resulted in millions of dollars in additional tax-credit funding for Shaw’s original programming and his entrepreneurial spirit led to a leadership role in Shaw’s digital media and innovation initiatives. 

Richard has a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the University of Arizona.