Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Bell Media
Shelly Quade, Program Manager
As manager of programs and development, Shelly runs the NSI Totally Television and NSI Features First courses.
Shelly comes to NSI from Frantic Films where she was assistant to the CEO & executive producer. More recently, she had a hand in TV development from show creation to research with a special love for casting.
She has extensive knowledge of the film and television industry on a national level, great connections and is enormously passionate about Canadian productions.
When she was cast as an extra in the Canadian classic Meatballs, she knew film and TV was the industry she wanted to work in. She went on to study broadcasting and worked as a reader and book reviewer and brings those skills and enthusiasm to her current position.
Julie Di Cresce – Program Advisor
Julie Di Cresce has worked in broadcast programming for over 10 years and is currently the VP of television at First Generation Films where she is spearheading their push into broadcasting.
In her previous post as director of Canadian programming at Super Channel she was responsible for honing their original programming strategy. She oversaw series in production as well as pre-licensing series and feature films including feature-length documentaries.
Prior to joining Super Channel she held the post of director of original programming for HBO Canada where she managed a robust slate of series in development and was acting production executive on all series greenlit into production including Call me Fitz and Less than Kind (developed through NSI Totally Television).
She was the program advisor for the 2014 NSI Features First film program and the program manager for the inaugural Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab, a program designed to give mid-level producers the tools to work effectively with broadcast partners.
David Barlow – Story Advisor
Writer/producer David Barlow has received three Gemini nominations for best dramatic TV series and has twice won the Gemini for best comedy series.
He won a Gemini for best writing, dramatic series and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Margaret Collier Award for his contribution to the Canadian television industry.
David’s long-form producing credits include a documentary on baseball, a drama about Canadian peacekeepers and a comedy about the creation of the board game Trivial Pursuit.
He is a faculty member of the media arts and advanced TV and film programs at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and has conducted professional screenwriting workshops across Canada, in Singapore and Dublin.
Executive producer mentors and producer resources
Al Magee, Magee TV
Bill Mustos, Avamar Productions
Carolynne Bell, Sea2Sky Media
Deborah Day, Innovate by Day
Diane Boehme, Breakthrough Films & TV
Gary Harvey, Abby Films
Laszlo Barna, Pier 21 Films
Laura Harbin, Temple Street Productions
Lesley Grant, White Pine Pictures
Melissa Williamson, Pier 21 Films
Noreen Halpern, Halfire Entertainment
Norman Denver, Denver Productions Inc.
Peter Meyboom, Shaftesbury Films
Story editor mentors and story editor trainers
Claire Ross Dunn
Claire Freeland, Rogers
Gosia Kamela, Bell Media, Drama
Julie DiCresce, Movie Central
Kara Haflidson, Bell Media, Comedy
Kathleen Meek, TMN, HBO Canada
Patrick O’Sullivan, CBC
Rachel Nelson, Shaw Media
Tom Hastings, Bell Media
Mike McLaughlin, Fox/Incendo
Elina Levina, Harrison Artist Management
Glenn Cockburn, Meridian
Lawyers and services
Ron Hay, Stohn Hay Caffazo Dembrovski Richmond
Lowell Schrieder, William F. White
Cher Merlo, William F. White
David Hardy, William F. White