Meet The Partners

BELL MEDIA

Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 35 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network, and the French-language V network in Québec; 29 specialty channels, including leading specialty services TSN and RDS. Bell Media is Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces. The country’s digital media leader, Bell Media develops and operates websites, apps, and online platforms for its news and entertainment brands; video streaming services Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and jointly owns Dome Productions Partnership., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.

Randy Lennox

Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media

Mike Cosentino

Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media

Tony Leadman

Tony Leadman, Head, Worldwide Program Distribution, Bell Media

BLUE ANT MEDIA

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. We own and operate numerous production companies in North America and Asia-Pacific under the Blue Ant Studios banner, creating content for broadcasters and streaming platforms in multiple genres including factual entertainment, natural history, documentary, adult animation and drama. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a substantial catalogue of content, including one of the world’s largest 4K natural history offerings. Blue Ant Media operates channels under nine brands including Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada) and more. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with eight international offices in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, London, Dunedin, Washington DC and Beijing. Learn more at Blueantmedia.com.

Carlyn Staudt

Carlyn Staudt, Global General Manager, Love Nature

Julie Chang

Julie Chang, VP, International Co-productions, Blue Ant Media

Jennifer Harkness

Jennifer Harkness, SVP, Unscripted, Blue Ant Studios

Sam Linton

Sam Linton, Head of Original Content, Canadian Media, Blue Ant Media

CALGARY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

At Calgary Economic Development, we work with business, government and community partners to position Calgary as the location of choice for the purpose of attracting business investment, fostering trade and growing Calgary’s workforce.
Calgarians are creators, storytellers and innovators. From film and TV to interactive digital media, Calgary has the crews, talent and venues for any creative endeavour.
As the country’s fourth largest film jurisdiction, Calgary, Alberta is the place to bring your production to life. With the unique landscape of the Rockies, Prairies and Badlands at the doorstep of a thriving, inclusive and safe urban municipality, Calgary offers an unparalleled variety of locations. Backed by world-class crews, competitive incentives, and the purpose-built Calgary Film Centre, it’s no wonder Calgary continues to draw award-winning productions from around the globe.
Calgary Economic Development’s Film Commission office in collaboration with local scouts facilitate tours of Calgary region locations for producers, filmmakers and location managers considering the area as a filming location. In addition, the office provides a one-window access for all City of Calgary location permits.
The Calgary Film Centre is conveniently located 25 minutes from the Calgary airport and 20 minutes from downtown, the facility has 50,000 square feet of purpose-built studios and 25,000 square feet of multipurpose warehouse and workshop spaces, complemented by anchor tenant William F. White International.
With a strong focus on gaming, immersive technologies, e-learning and digital media, Calgary’s Interactive Digital Media sector is experiencing rapid growth. Digital transformation is quickly becoming the largest driver of new solutions and technology investments among Calgary businesses. It’s projected that Calgary’s creative industries sector will spend $1 billion on digital transformation from 2019 to 2022, and virtual and augmented reality, AI systems and machine learning have been identified as key engines of growth.
Be part of our creative excellence in film, television, and digital media.

Luke Azevedo

Luke Azevedo, Commissioner, film, television and creative Industries

Lissa Craig

Lissa Craig, Manager, Creative Industries

Erin O'Connor

Erin O’Connor, Business development manager and programming director

Chelsea Hallick

Chelsea Hallick, Business Development Manager, Interactive Digital Media

Jolayne Motiuk

Jolayne Motiuk, Logistics Coordinator, Creative Industries

CANADA MEDIA FUND

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca

Valerie Creighton

Valerie Creighton, President & CEO

Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly Wilhelm

Kelly Wilhelm, Chief Strategy Officer

Nathalie Clermont

Nathalie Clermont, VP, Programs and Business Development

Mathieu Chantelois

Mathieu Chantelois, VP, Communications and Promotions

ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Entertainment One (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans across film, scripted and unscripted television, music production, podcast content and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

Selected as part of RealScreen’s 2020 Global 100 non-fiction and unscripted producers, eOne‘s current slate of unscripted programming includes Make It To The Moon on Discovery Canada, upcoming northern Canada set Artic Vets. eOne has delivered more than 500 hours of compelling new content last year across film, television, MOW, podcasts and short form documentary. It’s current lineup of original and acquired content now features over 50 series and long-form programs commissioned by over 20 different broadcast and cable networks including eOne produced original series The Rookie starring Nathan Fillion for ABC; Cardinal starring Billy Campbell for CTV; Run, from Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for HBO; You Me Her for Audience Network; Mary Kills People for Global; Ransom from executive producer Frank Spotnitz for Global and CBS; Private Eyes starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Samson for Global; Burden of Truth starring Kristin Kreuk for CBC; and the upcoming series Feudal, from showrunner Sheri Elwood, for CBC. eOne also handles distribution of mega-hit The Walking Dead, companion series Fear the Walking Dead and other major AMC and SundanceTV scripted series through the Company’s multi-year distribution agreement with AMC Networks.

Tashi Bieler

Tashi Bieler, Senior Vice President, Production, Film, Television & Digital, Entertainment One

INCENDO

Incendo is a Canadian production and distribution company specializing in high-quality television programming for the worldwide marketplace. Since its inception in 2001, the company has produced compelling movies, television series and documentaries that have been licensed throughout the world. Incendo also handles theatrical distribution in Québec for Paramount Pictures. For more information, visit www.incendo.ca.

Incendo will be producing eight romantic comedies in 2020, and eleven in 2021. Production has completed on A Love Yarn, co-produced with Screentime New Zealand, and You May Kiss the Bridesmaid, filmed in Montreal. In September, Incendo will co-produce Together Forever Tea, also with Screentime New Zealand, and filming will commence in Montreal on Seasoned with Love and One of a Kind Love.

Gavin Reardon

Gavin Reardon, International Sales and Coproductions, Incendo

Ian Whitehead

Ian Whitehead, Head of Development and Production, Incendo

Brook Peters

Brook Peters, Managing Director and SVP Sales and Production Operations, Incendo Toronto

LIONSGATE

Combining the STARZ premium global subscription platform with world-class motion picture and television studio operations, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) brings a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. Its film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and the largest collection of film and television franchises in the independent media space. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for the audiences it serves worldwide.

Susan Hummel

Susan Hummel, EVP & Managing Director Canada

Courtney Fitzpatrick

Courtney Fitzpatrick, Manager, Digital Distribution & Sales

Milda Yoo

Milda Yoo, Director, Distribution & Strategy