NSI Totally Television 2014 teams announced

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) congratulates the teams selected to the 2014 NSI Totally Television training course who will have the opportunity to develop their television projects with the best showrunners and story editors in the country.

“I’m so excited to start working with these five great teams,” said Shelly Tyler, program manager. “The level of talent in this group is amazing – they have a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to developing and refining their projects with them over the next year.”

The 2014 teams are:

  • Bastards – Jeremy LaLonde (writer) and Jordan Walker (producer), Toronto, ON
  • Parental Advisory – Christopher Stewart Sweeney (writer) and Jaime Escallon-Buraglia (producer), Toronto, ON
  • Recovery – Liam Brennan (writer) and Katie Weekley (producer), Winnipeg, MB, Vancouver, BC
  • New Wave – Stu Marks (writer) and Lauren Corber (producer), Toronto, ON
  • CrookID – Cathryn Morris (writer) and Lara Anna Fitzgerald (producer), Vancouver, BC

NSI Totally Television is a TV series development training course that connects teams with executives from all major Canadian networks, showrunners, story editors such as Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Vera Santa Maria (producer on Parks and Recreation), David Barlow (KingThe Border), Aaron Martin (Being EricaSaving Hope) and executive producers from companies like Shaftesbury, Temple Street, Breakthrough and Omni.

The connections made during the training course are paramount to getting NSI Totally Television projects into development and on the air.

NSI Totally Television training takes place over 10 months, at which time teams pitch their concepts to broadcasters and attend the Banff World Media Festival. The teams begin training this September when they come together for boot camp to work with program manager Shelly Tyler and program advisor Sam Linton along with many senior industry representatives.

The program has produced 12 series that have gone into development: five have gone to air, one has been piloted, and another produced as a feature film that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Recent shows developed through NSI Totally Television include Less Than Kind (Citytv, HBO Canada), Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (SPACE), ‘da Kink in my Hair (Global) and Wapos Bay (APTN).

NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One and Super Channel; and Industry Partner Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many film and television writers, directors and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute (NSI) provides training, development and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Aboriginal Documentary and NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer.

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 nsi-canada.ca.

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