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Name:

Christina Piovesan

Title:

Producer Mentor

Biography:

Under her production banner First Generation Films, Christina Piovesan produces content across platforms.

Projects in development include a factual series about trendy fashion bloggers The Coveteur set up at Bell Media. Most recently, FGF completed a factual web series called “Swipe!” for popular web browser Firefox Mozilla.

Piovesan’s last film The Lesser Blessed starring Benjamin Bratt, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is being sold worldwide by eOne Entertainment. The film was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Piovesan’s past credits include The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz, Amreeka, directed by Cherien Dabis, and she was a co-producer on Red Lights directed by Rodrigo Cortes. Her films have been nominated for several awards include the Gothams, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Award, Genies, Humanitas Award and winning several including the FIPRESCI Prize for Amreeka at the Cannes Festival in 2009.

Upcoming features include Strange But True, directed by The Pastor Brothers, American English directed by Ian Rashid, and Arq, an indie sci-fi executive produced by Peter Block.

Producer Christina Piovesan received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California where she produced several short films winning a student Emmy Award. She worked as a content analyst at Telefilm Canada and she started her career in the TV lit department at the William Morris Agency.

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Damon D'Oliveira

Title:

Producer Mentor

Biography:

Producer Damon D’Oliveira has been responsible for bringing to screen some of Canada’s more innovative feature films – POOR BOY’S GAME, RUDE, LOVE COME DOWN, H, PROTEUS and LIE WITH ME. Under the umbrella of production companies, Conquering Lion Pictures (with partner Clement Virgo) and Flimshow Inc., D’Oliveira’s films have been distributed internationally and have been selected for festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance & Rotterdam.

Damon’s most recent feature, POOR BOY’S GAME (starring Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland), premiered as a Special Presentation at the 2007 Berlinale and has been acquired to date in over 35 countries. It was also a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007, and has won best film and audience choice awards at the Atlantic Film Festival and Calgary International Film Festival. In 2005, D’Oliveira’s provocative sexual romance, LIE WITH ME, sold internationally to over 40 countries after causing a stir at the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.

Damon studied producing at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre where he initiated many short films including Save My Lost Nigga' Soul directed by Virgo which was named Best Short Film in 1993 at Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals and at the 1994 Pan African Film Festival.

Born in Guyana, Damon moved to Toronto, Canada in 1976. After studying Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, he was a student of Sandy Meisner’s at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York City where he also worked for two years at the United Nations. In 1990, Damon was the winner of both the Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work in the theatre as a co-writer on the play, “i.d.”.

Damon is actively involved in the Canadian film community, sitting on the International Advisory Committee of the Toronto International Film Festival Industry Centre and the Board of Directors of Astral Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund. He is a past member of the OMDC’s Feature Film Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Producers Round Table of Ontario, as well as having chaired the boards and juries of various Canadian Arts Councils and funding bodies. He has mentored and taught producing workshops across Canada including at the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute and the Atlantic Film Co-op. He was invited to join the Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) with his current project, The Book of Negroes, a screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

Name:

David Ostry

Title:

Editor Mentor

Biography:

David Ostry has been editing feature films and television in Toronto and Los Angeles for over 25 years. His credits include NEW WATERFORD GIRL, PAINT CANS and LIFE WITH BILLY.

His multi award-winning short films, LEGS, EYES, BABYFILM and MILO 55160 have screened at festivals all over the world including Hot Docs, the AFI Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. His film EYES premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and screened at the National Gallery in Washington.

In 2006 his film Milo 55160, written and directed while at the Canadian Film Centre, won the Genie award for Best Live-Action Short Drama. Soon after he directed the feature film The Good Student for Kevin Spacey’s Triggerstreet Independent in New York.

David is a graduate of Concordia University’s Film program where he received a BFA Honors degree. Recently he has been a creative consultant and mentor at The Canadian Film Centre as well as guest lecturer at York University and Humber College.

Name:

John Bain

Title:

Mentor

Biography:

John Bain recently started up Canadian distribution company Search Engine Films. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and SVP, Distribution at Maple Pictures. Some of his acquisitions include “Drive”, “Our Idiot Brother”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Hurt Locker”, “The Men Who Stare at Goats, “Hunger”, “Biutiful”. He held a wide range of jobs in Distribution, culminating in SVP, Distribution, at Lions Gate Films before it spun off the Canadian operations into Maple. He has MBA and BFA (Film Production) degrees from York University.

Name:

John Paizs

Title:

Director in Residence

Biography:

John Paizs was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Originally his ambition was to be an animator and while still in high school he created a four-minute Disney-style animation which in 1978 received a special citation from The British Film Institute.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1980, Paizs decided to switch to live-action filmmaking. Equipped with a secondhand Bolex camera he embarked on a series of ultra low-budget comedies which would earn him in the mid ‘80s the reputation as Canada’s leading independent filmmaker. He wrote, produced, directed and starred (as the Silent Man, a nod to Buster Keaton) in these six outstandingly imaginative films. Taken together they remain today one of the most impressive and influential bodies of independent film work produced in Canada.

Of these six films two in particular stand out: the suburban satire SPRINGTIME IN GREENLAND (1981), cited as Canada’s first postmodern film; and the feature-length “writer’s block” comedy CRIME WAVE (1986), hailed upon its release as the funniest Canadian movie ever made.

Paizs’s independent films have been presented at such prestigious venues as the Lincoln Centre and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Boston Museum of Fine Art; the Walker Arts Centre in Minneapolis; the Wexner Centre for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio; and the Centre George Pompidou and the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, France.

After completing CRIME WAVE, Paizs decided to retire from independent filmmaking. A new chapter in his directing career opened in 1990 when he was invited to direct for the hit TV series The Kids in the Hall. It was his first professional directing engagement.

Many more were to follow, both in TV and in features. They include helming the 1999 festival hit TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN (a.k.a. INVASION!), starring Campbell Scott and Tom Everett Scott, and the 2005 made-for-TV horror-fantasy MARKER.

A third chapter in Paizs’s directing career opened in 2000 when he joined the Canadian Film Centre as its Director in Residence. He remains vigorously engaged there today, mentoring Canada’s brightest filmmaking lights of tomorrow.

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Joshua Astrachan

Title:

Producer Mentor

Biography:

In July 2012, Joshua Astrachan co-founded ANIMAL KINGDOM, a new film and television production company. Under the ANIMAL KINGDOM banner, Astrachan produced Short Term 12 by writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton. The film stars Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr, Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek and Keith Stanfield – and premiered at SXSW in 2013, where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. Since its premiere it has won awards at the Little Rock Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival and the Nantucket Film Festival. The film’s internation premiere will come at the Locarno Film Festival this summer. The movie opens theatrically in the U.S. in August.

In 2007, Astrachan founded LOCOMOTIVE, a film and television production company, with producing partner Lucy Barzun Donnelly. With LOCOMOTIVE, Astrachan produced Jennifer Westfeldt’s celebrated ensemble comedy Friends with Kids. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions in March, 2012.

Prior to LOCOMOTIVE, Astrachan was a producer for the better part of a decade for the great American film director, Robert Altman. He produced Altman’s last film, A Prairie Home Companion (2006), written by Garrison Keillor and starring, among others, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson and Kevin Kline. Astrachan also produced The Company (2003), Altman’s narrative feature set in the world of dance, starring Neve Campbell, James Franco and the company members of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

Astrachan co-produced the critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-winning and seven-time Oscar-nominated Gosford Park (2001), for which Altman received the Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle Award as Best Director.

Prior to working in film, Astrachan was co-founder and Artistic Director of NEW ARTS, a not-for-profit theater production company that developed and presented new plays by American writers in New York City.

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Lesley Krueger

Title:

Writer Mentor

Biography:

Lesley Krueger is a filmmaker and novelist born in Vancouver, Canada, and based in Toronto. The author of five critically-acclaimed books, she is an in-demand screenwriter who script doctored the feature SILENT HILL, which opened number one at the box office and earned $100 million internationally. Recently, Lesley co-produced the feature film, Don't Get Killed in Alaska, by writer/director Bill Taylor, now in post-production, while a short film she wrote, The Spirit Game, played at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Not Short on Talent promotion. How to Keep Your Day Job, a short film she adapted from a short story of the same name, was most recently featured in June 2013 at the Manhattan Film Festival and is now playing on all Air Canada flights. Lesley has worked on four other produced shorts over the past 18 months, and has several feature projects in development. Her e-book, Contender: Triumph, Tragedy and Canadian Baseball Player Harry Fisher, will be released this summer by Star Dispatches at www.stardispatches.com She recently completed her fourth novel and a children’s book.

Name:

Marissa Richmond

Title:

Casting Director in Residence

Biography:

Marissa Richmond has just completed 5 Seasons of the CTV/ION/CBS series Flashpoint, and cast the CTV pilot Stay With Me. She is working on the CBC/ITV celebrity laden series Bookaboo as well as a new YTV Series The Pods. Marissa also cast all 3 seasons of the highly acclaimed series Durham County produced by Back Alley Films; previous work for Back Alley includes the anthology series of female erotica Bliss, the hiphop dramatic series Drop the Beat and the critically acclaimed award winning series Straight Up. Other recent highlights include casting Family Channel’s Debra! and YTV’s How to be Indie.

She is thrilled that The Gemini Awards honoured her with nominations in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 for Best Achievement in Casting for Durham County and Flashpoint respectively, and won the Gemini Award in 2011 for Season 3 of Durham County.

Feature work includes LOVE, SEX & EATING THE BONES, directed by Sudz Sutherland as well as the Film Centre’s Feature Film Project’s SHOW ME, directed by Cassandra Niccolau and 19 MONTHS, directed by Randall Cole. Marissa Richmond was also the casting director on the MOW's AFTER THE HARVEST, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, and LUCKY GIRL, directed by John Fawcett, SCORN, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and MURDER MOST LIKELY, directed by Alex Chapple.

Marissa has just completed her thirteenth season as Casting Director-in-Residence at the Canadian Film Centre.

Name:

Marlo Miazga

Title:

Editor Mentor

Biography:

Marlo Miazga is currently heading NEWROAD MEDIA with business partner Ann Marie Redmond. Founded in 2011, NEWROAD MEDIA is a production company specializing in high concept, factual programming. Marlo brings two decades of editorial and dramatic production experience to the shop.

As a graduate of McGill University’s Film and Communications program and the Canadian Film Centre, Marlo has collaborated with some of the leading voices in Canadian film and television. As a film editor, some of her notable credits include: Peter Wintonick’s, multiple award winning NFB feature, Cinema Verite: The Defining Moment; Rick Mercer’s five-part series,Tuning In; Greig Dymond’s eight part comedy series, Jimmy MacDonald’s Canada; Paul Fox's psychological feature thriller, The Dark Hours; Ann Marie Redmond’s critically acclaimed feature documentary, Sex, Drugs and Middle Age; and the Gemini award winning documentary, Too Colourful for the League.

Marlo has worked on numerous series and programs for almost every major broadcaster in the country. For the past six years she has been the Editor in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre, where she has mentored and advised on more than 25 short films. Recently Marlo created and produced Curious and Unusual Deaths for Discovery Channel Canada, Discovery US Fit and Health and A&E UK where it has been a ratings hit. Currently Marlo and Ann Marie have just gone into production on an original 13 part series for Science US and Discovery Canada called Close Encounters.

Name:

Maureen Dorey

Title:

Story Editor in Residence

Biography:

Maureen Dorey is a free-lance analyst and story editor who helps writers renew their inspiration and find their voices. Her production credits include: HIDDEN, by David Shamoon, directed by Agniezka Holland and produced by Filmworks, nominated for an Oscar and three Genies, including Best Screenplay , AMAL, written by Shaun and Richie Mehta (2007), and BLACKBIRD written by Jason Buxton, produced by Marc Almon (2012). Her television work includes Moccasin Flats, Season II, and Random Passage, an eight-hour mini-series directed by John N. Smith, produced by Passage Films and Cité-Amérique for broadcast on CBC and RTE (Eire), as well as Extraordinary Visitor, The War Between Us, Lyddie, and On My Mind, 6x30 min. children’s dramas.

Story Editor in Residence to the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers Lab for the past 10 years, she has also taught at York University, and acted as consultant to the National Screen Institute, Praxis Film Works, NIFCO and B.C. Film. She has acted as story editor on several Canadian Film Centre Feature Film Projects, including: NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (produced 2008, nominated for 10 Genie Awards, including Best Screenplay), THE DARK HOURS, SIBLINGS, HORSIE’S RETREAT and SHOW ME.

Name:

Noel Baker

Title:

Writer in Residence

Biography:

Screenwriter Noel Baker's most recent feature film credit is for Breakaway (2011), a cross cultural hockey comedy with Russell Peters and Rob Lowe. He's best known for his screenplay for the cult classic film, Hard Core Logo and for his memoir recounting the making of that film, Hard Core Roadshow. Among several TV credits, Baker was the co-creator of the Showcase/Oxygen Network comedy/drama Show Me Yours, and he developed and co-wrote the pilot for the CBC dramatic series At The Hotel. He currently has a slate of feature and television projects in active development. As a script consultant, Baker has worked on dozens of feature and television projects, and has many credits as Story Editor. In addition to his work with the CFC since 1999, he's mentored and taught workshops at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters in Vancouver, the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, SIFT in Ottawa, the University of Western Ontario, Willamette University in Oregon, and United Arab Emirates University. He's pleased to return to the CFC for the 2013 Writer's Lab.

Name:

Pen Densham

Title:

Writer Mentor

Biography:

Pen is best described as a triple-hyphenate - a writer, producer and director - although he prefers to think of himself as a filmmaker.

He was born in England to parents who worked in the British film industry. He loved photography and creative writing but hated math. So he left school at fifteen. At sixteen he was employed by British TV to photograph the Rolling Stones and sold many pictures to national magazines. At nineteen he moved to Canada, and became a Canadian citizen, where he directed commercials and documentaries, including films with the guru of communications, Marshall McLuhan.

Following these early achievements, he joined John Watson in founding Insight Productions in Toronto, a maverick company which gained recognition for innovative documentaries such as LIFE TIMES NINE, where children created and directed commercials selling life as if it were a product. This film was one of two Insight films that earned Academy Award nominations.

As hands-on filmmakers, Pen acted as the cameraman, while John edited. In total they received over seventy international awards for their personally styled works as well as medals from the Queen of England for their contributions to the Arts of Canada.

Pen's first drama, IF WISHES WERE HORSES, which he wrote and directed, was a half-hour film about a horse owner who fights for the life of his animal during a breach birth. It was reviewed by TV Guide as “One of the best films of any length ever shown on CBC”. It won fourteen awards and brought Densham's work to the attention of Norman Jewison who, with Telefilm, sponsored his move to develop his skills in Hollywood.

In Hollywood, Pen was joined by John and founded the Trilogy Entertainment Group. While maintaining their Canadian base, they were employed as creative consultants on ROCKY II, VICTORY, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, NIGHTHAWKS, FOOTLOOSE, and QUICKSILVER. They wrote, co-directed, and produced THE ZOO GANG, which was released by New World and wrote and co-produced A GNOME NAMED GNORM, released by Seven Arts.

In 1988 Pen directed Trilogy's first Major Studio feature, THE KISS, a supernatural tale for Tri-Star Pictures. Filmed in Montreal. In 1990, Densham and Watson sold their spec script for ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and produced the film for Morgan Creek and Warner Brothers. In the same year, they produced BACKDRAFT, with Ron Howard directing, for Imagine and Universal, a project they had developed.

Inspired by the loss of his mother at an early age, Pen wrote and directed his own very personal version of MOLL FLANDERS, which was distributed by MGM and Spelling Entertainment, starring Morgan Freeman & Robin Wright. “”Moll Flanders'' is not a sunny reconstruction of an idealized past. The movie is really better than that, a portrait of a woman who endures, thinks, and survives.” - Roger Ebert.

He also wrote and directed the highly rated, HOUDINI, an $8 million dollar TNT feature for television, which starred Johnathon Schaech, Mark Ruffalo, Stacey Edwards, Emile Hirsch, George Segal, and Rhea Perlman.

Pen Densham has been actively involved as a Producer on every feature film that Trilogy produced, including: BLOWN AWAY, TANK GIRL, LARGER THAN LIFE, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, Trilogy North's JUST BURIED (Chaz Thorne - writer/Director. Starring Rose Byrne, Jay Baruchel and Graham Greene), which saw its Canadian theatrical release in July 2008. And most recently PHANTOM, a submarine thriller starring Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Lance Henricksen and Jason Gray-Stanford.

In Television, Pen Densham made his network television debut with the series SPACE RANGERS, which he created and executive produced for CBS with his partners. Pen's great love of visually inspired and imaginative story telling caused him to write and supervise the re-launch of the OUTER LIMITS science fiction anthology series, which he Exec produced with his partners for its award winning seven year run on American Television.

Pen and John produced the series out of Vancouver with their company Trilogy North, using many Canadians as writers and directors. With other, later series and movies for TV, they filmed more than 350 hours of television in Vancouver.

In the process, Pen earned the unique distinction of being named one of the top five most powerful creative forces in Science Fiction by a leading fan magazine. He was able to re-introduce THE TWILIGHT ZONE fantasy anthology series to America’s audiences on UPN in 2003, which also filmed in Vancouver, BC.

Pen also lectures at USC and the CFC. His impassioned educational book on screenplay writing is “Riding the Alligator”.

Pen is still partnered with John Watson. In a town frequently slavish to fashion, Pen continues to believe in creating from his instincts and has several visionary projects on his slate. And he’s proud to say he’s still a friend of - and inspired by - Norman Jewison.

Pen is married to Wendy Savage, a Canadian, and has two children: Victoria, a recent college graduate, and a son, Nevin, a screenwriter.

Name:

Rosemary Dunsmore

Title:

Actor in Residence

Biography:

Rosemary is an award-winning actress whose career has taken her onto stages and film and television screens across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2009 she was given the Actra Award for Best Actress in recognition of her work in THE BABY FORMULA. She began her career on stages across Canada playing leads in Stratford for two seasons and Canadian premieres of shows like Sam Shepherd’s BURIED CHILD and Marsha Norman’s GETTING OUT. Other highlights include a Dora nominated one woman show SINGLE, STRAIGHT AHEAD, BLIND DANCERS (selected Best Performer at the Edinburgh Fringe by the London Daily Telegraph,Dora Award) and plays ranging from PRIVATE LIVES to FALLEN ANGELS, THE DOMINO HEART, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. She was awarded the Masque Award for Interpretation Feminine for her performance in WIT and was nominated for her work in LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. Also in Montreal, she was given the MECCA award for Best Actress for her work in GLORIOUS! Recently in Toronto, she appeared in FESTEN, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, KAYAK ,THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Dora Best Actress nomination),TOUT COMME ELLE in the 2011 Luminato Festival and PIECES. She appeared in HAUNTED and ALLIE AND KEV at the 2012 Summerworks and this summer will be in LATE COMPANY.

Rosemary entered the world of the camera with equal success. Her first major television appearance in CBC’s Blind Faith won her the Earl Grey Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role. Her frequent television appearances have garnered her four Gemini nominations. She is probably best known for her role as “Katherine Brooke” in Anne Of Green Gables-The Sequel, and the title role in the CBC series MOM P.I. She split her time between Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. While in LA she appeared in many TV series and movies of the week. Some favourite roles were in Total Recall, Twins, The Interrogation of Michael Crowe, Dreamcatcher and Citizen Duane. Recent projects include episodes in Crash and Burn, Living in my Car, Unnatural History and The Murdoch Mysteries, MOW's Runaway at 17, Red, The Good Times are Killing Me, Too Late to Say Goodbye, Playing House, Wedding Wars, St. Urbain’s Horseman, The Santa Suit and features At Home By Myself with Me, Orphan, Faces in the Crowd and The Perfect Surrogate(directed by CFC grad Adrian Wills). She is featured online currently in two award winning webseries: Guidestones and Ruby Skye P.I. (directed by CFC grad Kelly Harms). She has a starring role in soon to be released feature Don't Get Killed in Alaska.

Rosemary is also a sought after theatre director. Some of the plays she has directed are HOCKEY MOM. HOCKEY DAD MEASURE FOR MEASURE, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, JANE EYRE, FIGHTING WORDS (Dora Nomination for Best Director), WALKING ON CRIMSON, THE GLACE BAY MINER’S MUSEUM, WHALE MUSIC, HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH, SEXY LAUNDRY, BORDERTOWN CAFÉ, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE( Merritt nomination Best Director), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD and MY GRANNY THE GOLDFISH.

Rosemary teaches at Equity Showcase, the National Theatre School, University of Toronto, S.I.F.T., George Brown College, Film Training Manitoba and Halifax Shortworks. Rosemary is listed in Who’s Who in Canada and in 1990 was included on Maclean’s Magazine’s Honour Roll as “a Canadian who makes a difference.”

Name:

Ruba Nadda

Title:

Director Mentor

Biography:

Ruba Nadda was born in Montreal and studied English Literature at York University and then took a 6 week course in film production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She made several award winning short films, including Lost Woman Story (96), Do Nothing (97), Interstate Love story (97), Wet heat drifts through the afternoon (97), So Far Gone (98), Damascus Nights (98), I would suffer cold hands for you (99) Black September (99) Laila (99), Slut (99) and Aadan (04) before writing and directing the features Sabah (05), Cairo Time (09) which starred Patricia Clarkson and earned Best Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Rotten Tomatoes best reviewed film (Romance) of 2010, and Inescapable (12). She was recently named 2013 Female Eye Honourary Director Award. She is gearing up with producers Danny Iron and Christine Vachon to shoot her next movie, October Gale (starring Patricia Clarkson) in the fall of 2013.

Name:

Susan Alexander

Title:

TV Producer Mentor

Biography:

Production Executive, Original Drama Content – Shaw Media

Susan Alexander is a Production Executive with Shaw Media, overseeing the development and production of a variety of dramatic series for Global and Showcase including Bomb Girls, Haven, and Copper.

Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Susan was on the production side of the Canadian industry for over 20 years. As a Producer and writer on the critically acclaimed Little Mosque on the Prairie, she garnered various awards, including a Gemini.

As a Supervising Producer on various dramatic series and Director of Development for two of Canada’s leading production companies, Susan has been involved in the development and production of many successful projects for CTV, CBC, Global and Showcase.

In addition to drama, Susan has been the Supervising Producer on over 100 episodes of lifestyle programming, including the hit series The Designer Guys for HGTV.

Susan is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and currently is the TV mentor for their prestigious Film programme.

 

     
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