Innovate to survive

THOUGHT LEADERS: Jocelyn Hamilton, president of Entertainment One's television division in Canada, says increased innovation is the biggest opportunity to have come from the coronavirus lockdown.

Pandemic paradigm shift

THOUGHT LEADERS: Jennifer Twiner McCarron, CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, says the pandemic has allowed the Vancouver-based company – and indeed the entire Canadian TV industry – to rethink its production operation.

Creativity amid constraint

THOUGHT LEADERS: Monika Ille, CEO of Winnipeg-based APTN, reveals how the specialty channel aimed at Indigenous people has focused on development to support its program suppliers and welcomes the new era of collaboration.

Stream of consciousness

THOUGHT LEADERS: Gave Lindo, exec director of OTT programming at the CBC, reveals how the pandemic has impacted the pubcaster’s streaming service Gem and what he’s looking to acquire to take it forward.

Changing the narrative

THOUGHT LEADERS: Lisa Godfrey, VP of original programming at Corus Entertainment, expects some changes in the way shows are shot in future but is confident the company’s schedules won’t be impacted too much by the production freeze.

Unity through adversity

THOUGHT LEADERS: Mark Bishop, co-CEO and executive producer at Toronto’s Marblemedia, says the pandemic has brought audiences – as well as Canada’s TV industry – together and that such unity bodes well for the future.

New era, new ideas

THOUGHT LEADERS: Nataline Rodrigues, director of original programming at Rogers Sport & Media, is rethinking production models and looks forward to more innovation and new ways of doing business to come out of the lockdown.

Vision of the future

THOUGHT LEADERS: Kyle Irving, partner at Winnipeg-based independent film and television production company Eagle Vision, reveals how the company fared during lockdown and how the industry will be different in the future.

Blue-sky thinking

THOUGHT LEADERS: Jamie Schouela, president of Canadian media at Toronto’s Blue Ant Media, outlines the impact of the production freeze on the company, how it is finding ways to get thing moving again and what the long-term changes will be for the industry.