BOARD of directors

MOE JIWAN, Chair of the Board

In 2001 Moe Founded Uptown Health Management Inc. a primary care network with facilities in Toronto and Richmond Hill, Ontario with approximately 45,000 patient charts under management. Uptown Health is recognized as a leader in healthcare technology. In 2011 Moe launched mypatientaccess.ca the first real time patient portal in Canada.

 

Moe has been involved in the production of many live concerts in Toronto, including the largest Bollywood concert held in the Rogers centre in July 2008. Moe was also instrumental in developing the 2011 International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) in Toronto, Canada.

 

In 2012 Moe founded Live Concert World (LCW). In the past 3 years LCW has produced 19 concerts across Canada, the USA and UK. On Sept 11 2016 he produced the Peace Concert in NYC which was live streamed on Facebook to a global audience, and recently Moe worked on Salim-Sulaiman’s Noor E. Ilahi’s music video which has garnered over 1.7 million views around the world on YouTube.

TERRY E. MARKUS, Secretary of the Board

Terry Markus is an independent consultant and lawyer providing business and legal affairs services to the entertainment, broadcasting and media industries. She has also co-produced the dramatic short, “DNA”, which premiered at TIFF in 2003, co-executive produced a feature length theatrical film, “SUCK”, which premiered at TIFF in 2009; and, in 2016, executive produced a documentary short, “Chasing the Lion”, about Canadian triathlete Lionel Sanders. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen’s University Law School, Terry started her legal career at a boutique entertainment law firm in Toronto, Ontario. She then worked in-house at the following companies holding various senior legal, business and regulatory affairs positions: Astral Media Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.); Alliance Communications Corporation’s broadcasting division (now Corus Entertainment Inc.); and, the Catalyst Entertainment Inc. (now CCI Entertainment Limited) and Gullane Entertainment PLC (now HIT Entertainment Limited) group of companies. In addition, while continuing her independent practice, Terry worked inhouse at the S-VOX Group of Companies (Vision TV, ONE: The Body Mind and Spirit Channel, JoyTV 10 and 11, and, until June 2009, The Christian Channel) (now ZoomerMedia Limited) in the role of Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

JOAN JENKINSON, Executive Producer

Joan Jenkinson is a highly accomplished television executive who helps storytellers bring their ideas to life. She has built a prominent career as an influential member of Canada’s film & television industry.  As an Executive Producer she oversaw the development and production of dramatic television series, as the Vice-President, Independent Production at ZoomerMedia, TV Division she commissioned, developed and executive produced hundreds of hours of award-winning creative content for all genres for VisionTV.  Joan also served as the Executive Director of Women in Film and Television - Toronto where she designed training and professional development curriculum for a membership of 900 screen based media professionals involved in creative, business and technical fields.Joan Jenkinson is a highly accomplished television executive who helps storytellers bring their ideas to life. She has built a prominent career as an influential member of Canada’s film & television industry.

 

Notable Awards as Executive Producer:

  • Song of Freedom (Canadian Screen Awards, 2016): Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program, Best Sound in a Non-Fiction Program

  • Inside the Mind of Leonardo (3D International Creative Arts Awards, 2014): Best Documentary

  • She’s The Mayor (2011): Toronto Star’s “Pick of the Week” 13-weeks running

  • Soul (Gemini Awards, 2009): Best Performance in Supporting Role, Dramatic Series

 

She has served as board member for ReelWorld Film Festival, Hot Docs and contributor at the Banff Media Festival, the Canadian Film Centre, Strategic Partners, Documentary Organization of Canada.

MICHAEL KENNEDY, Executive Vice President - Cineplex Entertainment LP

As Executive Vice President, Entertainment for Cineplex, Mr. Kennedy oversees all aspects of Film and Event Programming for the company. He is an industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in film programming, distribution, operations and advertising. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Film Centre, the Canadian Theatre Owners Association, the First Weekend Club, the Reelworld Film Festival and the Motion Picture Pioneers Association. He also serves on the Telefilm Advisory Group and is a member of the Hot Docs Film Festival Advisory committee

ANDRIA CASE, News Anchor

Andria Case joined the CTV News family in 1997 as a general assignment reporter. Today, she continues to report from the streets of Toronto as well as sharing the weekend anchor desk with Colin D’Mello.

 

Over time, Case has become CTV Toronto’s go-to Arts and Entertainment Reporter.

 

She shows tremendous tenacity on the red-carpets at events, from TIFF to the JUNO’s. She’s interviewed top celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington.

 

Prior to joining CTV Toronto, Andria was the producer and host for One O’clock Live, a program that aired on CFPL-TV in London, ON. Before that, Andria was a reporter and ENG camera operator for CHWI-TV News in Windsor and also a writer and reporter for CFPL-TV in London, ON.
 

Andria was born to Jamaican parents in England, and spent her early years there before moving to Canada. She studied Journalism and Advertising at Ryerson University in Toronto.

   

CHERYL HUDSON, Managing Partner - Strategic Philanthropy

Cheryl Hudson is a visionary leader with experience in global philanthropy, combined with an impressive record of accomplishments in both the Corporate and the Not-for-Profit sectors. In addition to her role as Managing Partner in Strategic Philanthropy, she serves as the Executive Director of the Michael and Karen Vukets Family Foundation.

Previously, the Director, Corporate Engagement for World Vision Canada, some of her accomplishments include negotiating global corporate engagements with Barrick Gold and Centerra Gold. Cheryl also enjoyed a 10-year career in senior management at TD Bank Financial Group. She is a frequent speaker on strategic philanthropic issues across Canada, and is committed to working with Canadian families to transform lives and magnify philanthropic impact through strategic giving.

Cheryl is on the Board of Directors for The Art of Time, Media Voice Generation, and Dignitas International. She is a volunteer on the fundraising committee for the Ontario Friends For The Canadian Museum For Human Rights. She was a member of the 2015 Vital Ideas Selection Committee for the Toronto Foundation.

TONY CIANCIOTTA, Producer

After a highly prolific career, Tony Cianciotta is an esteemed member of the film industry. He has held senior management positions as Vice-President and General Manager with 20th Century Fox, Canada; Senior-Vice President and General Manager with Alliance Releasing (now eOne); and Senior Vice-President, Film at Cineplex Odeon, among others. He is frequently sought out as a consultant on film and TV production, acquisition, script development, marketing and distribution, and also as a juror at international film festivals. Most recently, he has been working closely with content providers to produce long-form film and TV series for the international market.

 

Cianciotta’s honours and distinctions include a 2014 Silver Spotlight Award by the Canadian Picture Pioneers; a 2004 appointment by the Canadian Heritage Minister to a three-member panel of experts to study the issue of Canadians’ access to public broadcasting services in languages other than English and French; and a CESAR Award for Excellence in Teaching from Ryerson University, Toronto, in 1997.

ROMEN PODZYHUN, Chairman & CEO - Channel Zero

Romen Podzyhun serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Channel Zero Inc., a company he co-founded in 2000. He is corporate head of news and drama programming for Movieola, Silver Screen Classics, REWIND, CHCH and Ouat Media, overseeing all original program development, production, distribution and scheduling, while also supervising program acquisitions.

 

Mr. Podzyhun is responsible for developing strategic linkages between entertainment and electronic businesses, and furthering the company’s content business worldwide. He oversees the company’s programming platforms in consumer electronics, and expansion efforts outside of Canada. Mr. Podzyhun has successfully led Channel Zero’s continuing innovations in original TV programming and expanded its digital networks from inception into national brands.

 

Prior to joining Channel Zero, Inc., Mr. Podzyhun had a distinguished 20-year career as a senior retail executive in Canada. As a well-respected member of the film community, Mr. Podzyhun applies his extensive knowledge of film by serving on film festival juries and panels world-wide.

SHARON LEWIS, Filmmaker

Sharon Lewis’s directing talent successfully criss-crosses the genre of television, film and theatre. Sharon Lewis has been creating ground-breaking content since her 1994 play Sistahs. Her award winning short films Chains and Ritch have been sold and broadcast on such networks as BET, HBO, and CBC. She has received financial support for her various projects from funding agencies such as Telefilm Canada, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council, and the National Film Board of Canada. She has directed over 100 hours of popular television, broadcast on HGTV, W, OLN, CBC, SUNtv and the Food Network. Sharon has currently wrapped her debut afropunk feature film inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s award winning sci fi novel, Brown Girl Begins. Sharon has just completed her next feature screenplay, a neo noir with a modern twist called The Tarot Card Murders. She is currently adapting the neo noir story into a procedural one hour tv series.

FLOYD KANE, Writer/Producer/President of Freddie Films

Floyd Kane is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School. After spending years working as a lawyer and senior executive within the entertainment industry, including a lengthy stint within DHX Media, Floyd left DHX Media to pursue a career as a Writer/Producer.

 

In 2005, Floyd created, wrote and produced the drama series, North/South (CBC). He went on to write and executive produce SOUL (for which he was nominated for a Gemini for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series) and to write on shows such as Continuum (Syfy), Backstage (Disney) and the acclaimed feature film, Across the Line. Floyd’s recent producing credits include Across the Line, which won Best Atlantic Feature at the Atlantic Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Canada Film Festival, Jean of the Joneses, which debuted at SXSW and, recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and Brown Girl Begins based on the renowned novel, “Brown Girl in the Ring”(currently in post production). In 2017, Floyd will start production on Angelique’s Isle.

 

Floyd is an alumnus of the Summer Institute, NSI Totally Television Program, the TIFF Talent Lab, the Shaw Media Showrunner Programme and TIFF Studio.

PETER-JOHN KERR, Creative Director - 3C Marketing

With over 10 years experience in the Entertainment Industry and 8 years experience in Digital Marketing, Peter-John, brings proven knowledge of creative strategy, vision, social media and digital marketing with an emphasis on Creative Content and Story Telling for Lifestyle brands. Formerly, Co-host of SunTV’s Street Eats, and a Universal/Last Gang Records Recording Artist, Peter-John’s background in Music and Television allowed him to bring a fresh and unique perspective to digital and creative, from campaigns to ideation to strategy and execution. 

As a Partner and Creative Director at 3C Marketing, and Director/Producer, Peter-John’s strategic creative direction and production experience specializes in bringing stories to life, creating engaging content and campaignable ideas for clients like RBC, Energizer, CBRE, YUM! Brands, Weston Bakeries, Pepsi Co. Voxx Life and Mercedes Benz among others. He has directed and produced commercials, short films and several digital series for some of North America’s top brands. 

Peter-John is currently working on projects in film, television, and digital production - creating content for some of North America's top brands. 


A graduate Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Applied Arts, Radio & Television Arts Program, Peter-John was a recipient of the John Webb Graham Award Scholarship. While at Ryerson he directed and produced the award winning Toronto-Cuba documentary “La Bicicleta”. This documentary was the winner of the Tara Award for best documentary and featured in the Latin American Film Festival in 2004.

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