Jessica Vander Kooij scores series producer gig on Property Brothers

Thanks to her talent and training in the NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer course, Jessica Vander Kooij has been promoted to series producer on Property Brothers.

“Jessica is a fabulous addition to the Property Brothers management team,” said Gerard Barry, executive producer of Property Brothers. “She was able to use her time with NSI to focus her natural ability, enthusiasm and experience.”

Jessica, who was a student in the 2012-13 NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer course, was an intern on Cineflix’s Property Brothers while she was taking the course.

She credits Christle Leonard, Property Brothers‘ previous series producer, with mentorship and for giving her the opportunity to grow and learn. Jessica also flourished under the guidance of then-program manager Brandice Vivier and then-program advisor Al Magee.

“I am very grateful Cineflix Productions gave me the opportunity to attend the NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer course. The in-class training and eight-week internship was a valuable experience in my growth to becoming a well-rounded series producer. Having the chance to meet and work with industry experts ultimately gave me that final nudge into the career I’ve always wanted.”

“We’re proud of Jessica and excited for this next step in her career,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “Her success shows exactly what the course is meant to do – give students the training and experience needed to be a producer in the lifestyle and reality genre.”

About NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer

An advanced training course which focuses on the specific skills required to produce a lifestyle or reality series. The course includes a week-long training session followed by an eight-week hands-on mentorship on an existing series which has been green-lit by one of our Program Partners: in the two years the course has run – Shaw Media, Bell Media and Corus.

Candidates connect with top lifestyle and reality series producers, network executives, production executives and other industry leaders to round out their knowledge base and industry contacts.

NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer 2013-14 was made possible by Program Partners Shaw MediaCorus Entertainment and Bell Media; Supporting Sponsors Buck ProductionsCineflix ProductionsPeace Point EntertainmentPeacock Alley EntertainmentProper Television and Temple Street Productions; Industry Sponsor Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA).

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the Winnipeg-based National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Lifestyle & Reality Series ProducerNSI Aboriginal Documentary and Movie Central Script to Screen.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at

National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors Shaw Media and Telefilm Canada; Patrons Bell Media and Corus Entertainment; Builders RogersThe Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and NBCUniversal; Strategic Sponsors Entertainment One and Super Channel; Friends ZoomerMediaBlue Ant MediaManitoba Liquor & LotteriesAPTN and RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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One comment

  1. Sara McGeown

    Hey Jess it’s Lisa’s sister and you dad’s sister in law. I just wanted to say congratulations on your wedding and I hope you have many many beautiful years to come

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