NSI Business for Producers - Faculty

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Brendon Sawatzky, Program Manager


As director of programming at NSI, Brendon directs the development of all new programs and is accountable for the delivery of all NSI courses.

Prior to his current position at NSI, Brendon focused on producing film and television. This resulted in producer credits on six feature films, a television sitcom, two television movies and a number of television specials, short films and music videos.

He previously worked for the National Screen Institute as a program manager and before that at the Winnipeg Film Group. A more recent role was as a producer for the National Film Board. He is also the chair of Film Training Manitoba.

Brigitte Sachse, Program Advisor

Brigitte Sachse

Brigitte drives RTR’s business side, both for television and for digital content as well as heading up the distribution division. She also recently co-founded a digital media consulting and production business, Esby Media.

As an experienced financial and creative analyst, Brigitte’s expertise lies in strategy and financing. She has experience in both private and public companies in diverse realms of the television industry. Prior to joining RTR, Brigitte was manager of media lending at a major bank.

Brigitte started out in production and also has extensive experience in large government agencies having worked at Telefilm/ CMF and the NFB, holding the title of policy advisor, television business analyst and center administrator respectively.

Associate faculty

Slavica Ceperkovic, producer, educator and innovation strategist
Paul Courchaine, production accountant
Ian Dimerman, MBA, business affairs and financing expert, executive producer
Steven Foster, Directors Guild of Canada (Manitoba)
Dan Holstein, business coach, Action Coach Business Coaching
Diane Konecny, Front Row Insurance
Phyllis Laing, Buffalo Gal Pictures
Annelise Larsen, independent producer, online marketing expert
Jeannette Loakman, producer, filmmaker
Agnes Olendrzynska, RBC
Lisanne Pajot, producer/director, Indie Game the Movie
David Pollock, CPA, CMA, Director of Finance, NSI
Rob Rowan, business agent, IATSE Local 856 (Motion Picture Studio Production Technicians), and IATSE Local 669 (Cinematographers Guild) Representative for Manitoba
Devan Towers, Buffalo Gal Pictures