Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Bell Media
Joy Loewen, Program Manager
Joy is a passionate supporter of the production, promotion and exhibition of Canadian art and artists.
Having previously worked as a broadcast and festival programmer at WTN (Women’s Television Network), CBC and the Gimli Film Festival; program manager at NSI and On Screen Manitoba and, most recently, as executive director at Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre for Young People, Joy’s specialty lies in showcasing and promoting a diverse range of media projects and the artists who create them.
Joy is also an active volunteer with leadership roles in several Winnipeg non-profit organizations.
Having previously served as president of the Balmoral Hall Parent Association and co-chair of the Yes, She Can! Dinner honouring The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, she is currently board chair at Balmoral Hall School.
Her passion and commitment to supporting artists and emerging talent extends into her volunteer work as a member of the Rainbow Stage board of directors and their awards and scholarships committee as well as the Winnipeg Foundation’s strategic initiatives committee.
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
Kerry Appleyard, Temple Street Productions
Carolynne Bell, StoryPark Inc.
Andrea Boyd, Temple Street Productions
Tassie Cameron, Cameron Pictures Inc.
Noreen Halpern, Halfire Entertainment
Christina Jennings, Shaftesbury
Julie Lacey, Shaftesbury
Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media
Laura Notarianni, Temple Street Productions
Samantha Traub, Temple Street Productions
Karen Troubetzkoy, Temple Street Productions
Story editor mentors and story editor trainers
Andrew De Angelis
Helen Asimakis, CBC
Chris Bell, Corus Entertainment
Corrie Coe, Bell Media
Michelle Daly, CBC
Marcia Douglas, formerly with Bell Fund
Melissa Kajpust, Super Channel
Bill Lundy, Bell Media
Kathleen Meek, Bell Media
Rachel Nelson, Shaw Media
Jamie Schouela, Blue Ant Media
Rachel Fulford, Entertainment One
Mike McLaughlin, 20th Century Fox Incendo
Brad Pelman, The Fremantle Corporation
Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Artists
Ilana Miller, The Jennifer Hollyer Agency
Lawyers and services
Chris Harris, formerly with Secret Location
Frank Manzo, National Bank of Canada
Gigi Moran, Duncan-Morin LLP
Marissa Richmond, Marissa Richmond Casting
Shelley Coultish, Telefilm Canada