Joan Jenkinson
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Black Screen Office (BSO)
Joan is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Black Screen Office where she drives efforts to build a screen industry free of anti-Black racism. She works with industry decision makers to change practices and build systems for accountability. While supporting the career advancement of Black professionals, she also aims to catalyze the production of Black-led content. Playback, Canada’s production, broadcasting and interactive media magazine, named the BSO its Changemaker Organization of the Year for 2022. Joan received the prestigious Afroglobal Television Excellence – Media Award 2022 for her exceptional work in Canada’s screen industries as a role model for youth and as an industry changemaker. She was listed among the Outstanding Black Women in Canada 2023 by Shifter Magazine. Joan is a founding Partner/Producer at Artemis Pictures which is focused on developing and producing scripted content for international audiences. Joan was Vice-President of Independent Production for VisionTV. She commissioned, developed and executive produced hundreds of hours of award-winning creative content in all genres. Joan spearheaded VisionTV’s ground-breaking DiverseTV/NSI initiative which gave some of Canada’s veteran Black producers and creatives their first opportunity to make a network TV show. This earned her a Visionary Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival. For five years, Joan served as Executive Director of Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT Toronto), where she established professional development training and networking opportunities for women in screen-based media.

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