Corus Diverse TV Director boot camp kicks off with sessions from Larysa Kondracki, Tim Southam

About Corus Diverse TV Director

The newest students selected to the Corus Diverse TV Director course in association with the National Screen Institute begin boot camp training in Toronto this week with sessions from directors including Larysa Kondracki, Tim Southam, director/producer Sudz Sutherland and broadcast execs Susan Alexander and Helen Asimakis.

“Training with these outstanding industry professionals will give the Corus Diverse TV Director students expertise and first-hand experience in series television,” said Barb Williams, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Corus is pleased to partner with NSI in helping these five directors advance their careers in the Canadian TV industry.”

The program is designed for participants with directing experience who are interested in making the leap to directing scripted television series.

Elise Swerhone is the program manager and DGC award-winning director Gail Harvey is the program advisor.

“I’m excited to begin the boot camp phase with this year’s students,” said Elise Swerhone. “They’ll be immersed in workshops with industry pros and will gain skills to help them achieve fulfilling work in series television, diversifying and enriching the industry at the same time.”

The 2016 students are:

  • Tricia Lee – Toronto, ON
  • Tarique Qayumi – Whistler, BC
  • Adam Garnet Jones – Toronto, ON
  • Tanya Lemke – Toronto, ON
  • Amy Jo Johnson – Toronto, ON

About Corus Diverse TV Director in association with the National Screen Institute

Corus Diverse TV Director (formerly Shaw Media Diverse TV Director) is an advanced two-phase diversity training course for diverse directors who are female and/or Aboriginal (male or female) and/or a visible minority (male or female) and/or a person with a disability (male or female). The program includes an intensive boot camp in Toronto in June and a four-week director job shadowing experience on the set of a series in production.

Corus Diverse TV Director is supported by Presenting Sponsor Corus Entertainment; Industry Partner DGC Ontario; and Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features First, Movie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.

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 industries at

About Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at

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