NSI Totally Television Faculty

Presented in association with Bell Media

Julie Di Cresce, Program Advisor


Julie Di Cresce has worked in broadcasting and production for over a decade as a broadcast executive and producer. She is passionate about storytelling and talent development and has cultivated strong creative and market instincts.

Julie got her start working on the suite of Corus Kids channels before moving over to the Documentary Channel. From there she became director of original programming for Canada’s two pay services consecutively, starting with HBO Canada/Movie Central followed by Super Channel. During that time she managed a robust slate of series, features and documentaries in development and was production executive on all series greenlit into production, including titles such as Slasher (Netflix), Versailles (Canal +), Rogue (DirecTV) and Pillars of the Earth (Starz).

Julie has been active as a consultant for a variety of Canadian production companies since 2014, including Skybound Galactic/WindSunSky, Sienna Films, Banger Films and Chelser/Perlmutter. At First Generation Films she spearheaded their push into television, setting up numerous series in development including Jeff Lemire’s seminal graphic novel Essex County and Kate Beaton’s award-winning children’s book Princess and the Pony, currently in production with CBC/Dreamworks.

She holds an MPhil from the University of Kent at Canterbury, an MA in film from York University and a cinema specialist from the University of Toronto.

Liz Janzen, Program Manager


Liz returns to NSI as program manager of NSI Totally Television.

Previously she was NSI’s director of programming, development manager for CTV, programmer at Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting, manager of acquisitions at WTN (now W Network) and programming coordinator for the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Liz is also a screenwriter. She has a MA in English with a concentration in film from the University of Manitoba and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Saskatchewan.

Liz considers coffee a vital food group, is passionate about her dogs and loves to garden.

Associate faculty

Executive producer mentors and producer resources

Kerry Appleyard, Temple Street Productions
Todd Berger, Bandidos Yanquis Productions
Damon D’Oliveira, Conquering Lion Pictures
Claire Freeland, Good Human Productions
Beth Iley, New Metric Media
Daniel Iron, Blue Ice Group
Rick Jacobs, Skybound Galactic
Julie Lacey, Shaftesbury Films
Janis Lundman, Back Alley Films
Aaron Martin, Showrunner
Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Productions
Samantha Morris Mastai, Lark Productions
Carolyn Newman, Netflix
Tara Woodbury, Sphère Média Plus

Story editor mentors and story editor trainers

Adam Barken (Killjoys)
Noelle Carbone (Coroner)
Andrew De Angelis (Mr. D)
Bill Robertson, script writing consultant
Karen Walton (Orphan Black)


Sarah Adams, CBC Drama
Susan Alexander, Corus Entertainment
Corrie Coe, Bell Media
Michelle Daly, CBC Comedy
Melanie Nepinak Hadley, CBC Drama
Tom Hastings, Bell Media
Tory Jennings, Crave
Gave Lindo, CBC Gem
Kathleen Meek, Corus Entertainment
Nataline Rodrigues, Rogers Media
Trish Williams, CBC

Distributors and agents

Samantha Driscoll, The Jennifer Hollyer Agency
Brook Peters, Fox Incendo
Justin Rebelo, Entertainment One
Rekha Shah, CBS Studios International

Lawyers and services

Melissa Amer, Canada Media Fund
Leslie Conliffe, Intellectual Property Group
Carole Kirschner, entertainment career coach
Brendan McNeill, Above The Line Media Services
Moyra Rodger, Magnify Digital
Mickey Rogers, M Rogers Media
Owen Sweeney, Sage Canada

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NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; and Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and CBC Gem. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council