Friday, Oct 12th, 2018 | Toronto Reference Library

The Panel Focus was:

  • Why the writer is the driving creative force in television

  • The responsibilities of a showrunner, a creator and a writer

  • How one becomes a showrunner

In this panel, Producer Joan Jenkinson talked with three Showrunners about journeying to the top. Showrunners are the writer/producers who hold the creative vision for a television series. He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post. The showrunner truly is the creative force driving the series.

 

This Panel was Sponsored by the Writers Guild of Canada.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST BELOW:

The Showrunner - Reelworld
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MODERATOR

JOAN JENKINSON - Producer/Partner, Artemis Pictures

Joan is an accomplished, veteran television executive whose passion is to help storytellers bring their ideas to life. She is a Partner and Producer at Artemis Pictures.
As the VP, Independent Production at VisionTV, Joan commissioned and executive produced hundreds of hours of award-winning creative content in all genres.
Joan served for five years as ED of WIFT-T where she was a pioneer in developing professional training and networking opportunities for women in screen-based media.

CO-SHOWRUNNER, MARY KILLS PEOPLE; SHOWRUNNER, THE MIGHTY QUINNS

MARSHA GREENE

A 2018 Reelworld Trailblazer Award recipient, Marsha Greene has written for Global’s hit series PRIVATE EYES, ABC’s TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, and the critically acclaimed Global/Lifetime drama MARY KILLS PEOPLE, for which she earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination.  Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, and has a post-graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise. Marsha is currently co-showrunning the third and final season of MARY KILLS PEOPLE, and she is also showrunning a show in development, THE MIGHTY QUINNS (CBC).

CO-CREATOR, SHOWRUNNER - KIM'S CONVENIENCE

INS CHOI

Ins Choi was born in Korea, grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. He is a co-creator, a writer and an executive producer on the tv comedy series, KIM'S CONVENIENCE, which is entering it's 3rd season this January on CBC.

CO-CREATOR, WRITER

SAMANTHA WAN

A 2018 Reelworld Trailblazer Award recipient, Wan is known for being one of the creators and stars of SECOND JEN (City TV). She also plays Zoe Chow on PRIVATE EYES (Global). Wan also created SUDDEN MASTER, an online Kung Fu series, for which she was given the Woman With A Vision Award, and Best Female Action Performer of the Year. She is invigorated by work that explores diverse voices and innovative stories that have yet to be heard.

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