Melanie Hadley joins NSI board of directors

Melanie Hadley

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Hadley, executive in charge of production, drama, at CBC, to its board of directors.

“NSI has a long history with Melanie, going back to her participation in the NSI Aboriginal Youth Pilot Program (now CBC New Indigenous Voices) course,” said Norm Bolen, chair of NSI’s board of directors.

“Her work in broadcasting, both at CBC and previously at APTN, gives her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enrich NSI. On behalf of the board, I’m pleased to welcome her.”

As executive in charge of production for CBC Drama, Melanie oversees projects in development and production. The properties she manages on behalf of the network include such titles as Heartland, Pure, The Secret Path and When Calls the Heart. She joined CBC with over 15 years of experience working in independent production and for a national broadcaster.

Prior to her role at CBC she was the manager of programming for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) where she managed development and first- and second-window licencing for television and digital media projects commissioned from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

Melanie got her start in the industry through the NSI Aboriginal Youth Pilot Project (now CBC New Indigenous Voices).

“I am very proud to be joining NSI’s board of directors,” said Melanie. “The organization is a key advocate in fostering homegrown diverse content creators, and I have experienced firsthand the tremendous opportunities and support they offer. I am looking forward to being a part of moving NSI’s mandate forward.”

Melanie joins distinguished NSI board members:

  • Chair: Norm Bolen, Media and Broadcasting Consultant
  • Vice-Chair: Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC
  • Finance Chair: Marlene Kendall, Director, Internal Audit & Corporate Compliance, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation
  • Kim Guise, Director, Local and Original Programming, TELUS
  • Vera Houle, Director of Community Relations, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
  • Jean LaRose, CEO, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
  • Michael A. Levine, Chairman, Westwood Creative Artists
  • Brad Pelman, CEO, The Fremantle Corporation
  • Virginia Thompson, President, Vérité Films
  • Carole Vivier, CEO & Film Commissioner, Manitoba Film & Music

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 TelevisionCBC New Indigenous VoicesNSI Features First, NSI IndigiDocs, NSI Business for ProducersMovie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV Director, 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

National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUSTelefilm Canada; Patron: Bell Media; CBC; Builders: APTNManitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Strategic Sponsors: Directors Guild of Canada, Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus EntertainmentBlue Ant Media; Friends: Manitoba Film & Music, RBC Emerging Artists Project, The Winnipeg Foundation, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, ZoomerMedia, Breakthrough Entertainment.

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