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2023 Reelworld Producer Program
2023 Reelworld Producer Program

2023 Reelworld Producer Program

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2023 Reelworld Producer Program
2023 Reelworld Producer Program

2023 Reelworld Producer Program

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2023 Reelworld Producer Program

The Reelworld Producer Program is a year-long curriculum that provides mentoring and learning opportunities, and creates pathways to build a career as a producer in the television industry. The program candidates will be immersed in the business side of the Canadian entertainment field. After choosing a project, under a mentor, they will learn valuable skills such as creating a corporation, retaining intellectual property rights, choosing and optioning scripts, creating deal memos, choosing key creatives and casting directors, plus much more.

Meet the 2022 Reelworld Producers. We encourage participants of our programs to bring their own unique backgrounds and skill sets to the table. These producers with their unique frame of reference will serve as agents of change and help create equitable content that appeals to a broader audience.

Thank You to Our Partners and Supporters

Founding Partner

Contributing Supporter

Thank You to Our Wonderful Mentors for your Time and Contribution

John Marayness, Producer
Lindsay Cox, SVP, Insight Productions
Jennifer Holnes, President, Hungry Eyes Media
Terry Markus, Entertainment lawyer, Humber College
Michael Hirsh, CEO, WOW! Unlimited
Nafisa Murji & Nicole Singh, Director of Talent Development & Associate, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Gosia Kamela, Executive in Charge of Production, CBC
Ngardy Conteh George, Director, Producer, OYA media Group
Cory Bowles, Director, Producer
Glenn Cockburn, Founder/Literary Agent, Meridian Artists Inc.
Floyd Kane, Producer, Showrunner, Circle Blue Entertainment
Todd Berger, Producer
Jennifer Blitz, Director, Tax Credits & Financing Programs, Ontario Creates
Naomi Zener, Entertainment Lawyer, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Sasha Henry & Tamar Bird, Producers, Sunflower Studios
David Cormican, Producer
Nicole Mendes, VP of Scripted Development, Lark Productions
Marney Malabar, Director of Kids TV, TVO
Tina Apostolopoulos, Production Executive, Factual & Reality, Bell Media
Ty Hyland, Production Executive, Finance & Planning, CBC
Sharon Lewis, Director, Producer
Anya McKenzie & Nicky Singh, Managers, Business & Rights, CBC
Nathalie Clermont, VP of Programs and Scripted Development, CMF
Marla Boltman, SVP, Business Affairs & Operations, Halfire Entertainment
Jennifer Shin, Director of Development (Scripted Comedy), CBC
Layth Gafoor, Sports and Entertainment Lawyer, Lucentem Sports
Jane Jankovic, Executive Producer of Documentaries, TVO
Lea Marin, Director of Development (Drama), CBC
Lesley Birchard & Michelle McCree, Exec. in Charge of Production, CBC Docs,  Sue Dando, Head of The Nature of Things, CBC
Lalita Krishna, Director/Producer/Co-Chair, Hot Docs Film Festival
Julie Chang, EVP, International Co-Productions, Blue Ant Media
Zach Feldberg & Melanie Le Phan, Exec. in Charge of Production, Digital Originals, CBC
Michael Coutanche, Associate Professor, RTA School of Media

Upcoming Reelworld Programs & Events

NABET Info Session #3: Set Decoration

1:00pm l February 21, 2023

NABET Info Session #3: Set Decoration

Reelworld is partnering with NABET 700-M UNIFOR to provide an in-depth understanding of how to join various below-the-line departments within the screen industry. In continuation of the series of webinars, join Julian Peters, VP of Set Decoration at NABET and Set Decorator on CityTV’s Hudson & Rex, and explore the world of Set Decoration. This discussion will cover different roles and responsibilities that exist within Set Decoration and what a typical day on set might look like. The session will also cover the pathway to working on sets in film and television, how to get unionized, as well as information about NABET apprenticeships. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

NABET Info Session #4: Sound

1:00pm l March 15th, 2023

NABET Info Session #4: Sound

Reelworld is partnering with NABET 700-M UNIFOR to provide an in-depth understanding of how to join various below-the-line departments within the screen industry. In continuation of the series of webinars, join Connie Hilton, VP of Sound and Boom Operator with credits including Schitt’s Creek and Orphan Black, and explore the world of Sound. This discussion will cover different roles and responsibilities that exist within the Sound Department and what a typical day on set might look like. The session will also cover the pathway to working on sets in film and television, how to get unionized, as well as information about NABET apprenticeships. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

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