Jennifer Liao, Stephanie Law chosen as latest ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients

Stephanie Law and Jennifer Liao

Stephanie Law (left) and Jennifer Liao

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce that the NSI Features First team of producer Jennifer Liao and writer Stephanie Law are chosen as this year’s ZoomerMedia Bursary recipients.

ZoomerMedia committed $95,000 in benefits funding over seven years to the National Screen Institute in the form of the ZoomerMedia Bursary. This award is funding allocated to the training of one diverse individual or team who are Zoomers and/or producers of Mosaic programming, in any NSI program each year.

“Stephanie and I feel incredibly fortunate to be one of this year’s NSI Features First teams, and it is a great privilege for us to be receiving this additional recognition and investment in our training from ZoomerMedia,” said Jennifer Liao. “We wish to thank them for the resources they have dedicated in support of building a more inclusive entertainment industry in Canada.”

Jennifer and Stephanie’s NSI Features First project Smash Smash Revolution is a lighthearted intergenerational family drama about Andy, an insecure Asian-Canadian college student buckling under the pressure of her mother’s demanding expectations, who must learn to take control of her direction in life – even if that means letting go of her fears and teaming up with her estranged grandmother to compete in a local ping pong tournament.

“Over the last seven years recipients of the ZoomerMedia Bursary have represented five provinces across four NSI programs, and have gone on to win awards, screen films around the world and develop new projects in Canada,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “We have no doubt Jennifer and Stephanie will continue to build their careers through their training in NSI Features First and the generous investment of ZoomerMedia.”

“ZoomerMedia is proud to be supporting Jennifer and Stephanie’s NSI training,” said Beverley Shenken, Vice-President Content & General Manager, Television Division, ZoomerMedia. “Investing in new content creators with a unique voice continues to be a priority for us. Smash Smash Revolution deals with inter-generational themes that are particularly relevant to the Zoomer demographic we serve, and we look forward to seeing the completed work.”

NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsors Creative Saskatchewan and Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About VisionTV & ZoomerMedia

For over 30 years, VisionTV has been Canada’s exclusive broadcaster for multi-cultural and interfaith dialogue. Available in over 10 million homes, VisionTV aka “Zoomer Television” is also home to hit British comedies and dramas like Downton Abbey, Doc Martin and Victoria, American movies, and original Canadian documentaries and series including the channel’s flagship show from Executive Producer Moses Znaimer called “theZoomer – Television for Boomers With Zip”. VisionTV is owned and operated by ZoomerMedia Limited, Canada’s only diversified multi-media company uniquely devoted to creating content, entertainment and experiences for the 15.8 million Canadians aged 45-plus.

Where to watch VisionTV HD

Rogers (GTA) 60

BellTV 1161

Bell Fibe 1213

or check local listings

For more information, go to visiontv.ca

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

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 Voices presented by NSINSI Features FirstNSI IndigiDocsNSI Business for Producers,  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 nsi-canada.ca.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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