One Stop Business Workshop - Series 2June 25 2021 From June 15, 2021 to June 25, 2021
The One Stop Business Workshop, a virtual business and financing series presented by CBC, CAVCO and the CMPA, is back!
The CBC, CAVCO and CMPA are launching their second series of virtual information sessions to introduce emerging independent producers and content creators from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry, to topics related to the business and financing of TV, film and original digital content.
The sessions will take place over the course of two weeks:
Budgets and Financing Week will run from June 15-17, and Your Province, Your Financing Week will run from June 21-25, with all sessions taking place from 2-3pm EST.
Each session will be an hour long with 40 minutes of content and the remainder for Q&A. The sessions will be presented by different industry partners and are meant to introduce emerging producers and content creators to a topic and provide them with resources and information to learn more.
Closed Captioning will be available. We will update this event page should ASL become available. Webinars will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to registrants after each session, so even if you can't make it during the live webinar, you can access the recording a few days after the session.
We will also have another series coming up this Fall! Further information on the Fall series will be sent out closer to those event dates.
Meet the Delegates
Camilla MacEachernNorthwest Territories (NWT) Film Commissioner
NWT Film Commissioner, Camilla MacEachern is a third generation Northerner so promoting the NWT as a filming destination is second nature to her. She has been fortunate to travel throughout the territory to gain first hand exposure to the Unique Stories, Colourful Characters and Natural Backdrops that make the NWT the perfect film location.
Huw EirugCEO of the Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
Huw Eirug is the CEO of the Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC), established by the Government of Nunavut to increase economic opportunities for Nunavummiut in the screen-based industry.
NFDC provides funding through seven funding programs for the production and marketing of screen-based media. NFDC’s activities also include strengthening labour skills through our industry training workshops and professional development initiatives, and providing a service through the operation of the Nunavut Film Commission.
Hoda ElatawiSenior Producer and VP, GAPC Entertainment
Hoda Elatawi is Senior Producer and VP, with Ottawa’s GAPC Entertainment, and has created award-winning films and television shows in Canada and internationally for almost three decades. Hoda's passion for education, history, social issues, children’s programming, and the arts has united her with producers and writers from around the world and allowed her to work on a diverse range of television projects.
Hoda has created and produced award-winning concepts across a multitude of genres and platforms. Her directorial debut was with Muneeza in the Middle, a documentary about a young Muslim woman who faces the complex struggle between faith, family, fashion, and ultimately identity. Aired on CBC’s documentary channel, Muneeza in the Middle was nominated in the Documentary Social/Political category at the Yorkton Film Festival 2015, and scooped an Award of Merit, Women in Filmmaking from the 2015 IndieFEST Film Awards and won Best Director at the Ottawa Independent Film and Video Awards. Hoda is further expanding on this theme with her follow-up documentary: So You Want to Be a Muslim?, an intimate look into the lives of Muslim converts chronicling their individual journeys of transformation and spiritual exploration. Some of her other producing credits include: Christopher Plummer: A Man for All Stages; Oscar Peterson: Keeping the Groove Alive (both one hour biographies for the CBC); The Letters: Rediscovering the Art of Courtship (unscripted series for BRAVO!); The Great March, a 2 hour docudrama for History Television (nominated for two Gemini awards), Growing Up Canadian, a 6 x 1hour doc series for History Channel; 20th Century Galsstarring Cathy Jones for the CBC, The Secret Lives of Butterflies for Discovery, and many more .
As producer, Hoda’s latest series, Polkaroo Counts? (preschool literacy, TVOKids) and Tout sexplique(scripted/doc hybrid sexual health education pre-teen series, Dutch format, for TV5), are well underway, with one in post-production and the other in pre-production. Hoda is currently developing a tween scripted series called Alone.Together, Welcome, a series for and about displaced children, and a live action scripted series starring dogs called The Whiskers, amongst others. For more information about Hoda’s credits, please visit: www.gapcentertainment.com.
Denise JamiesonLead Analyst, Short-Term Compensation Fund, Telefilm Canada
Denise is currently the Lead Analyst with Telefilm Canada’s Short-Term Compensation Fund (STCF). Before joining the STCF team, Denise was Project Leader with Telefilm’s National Promotion and Communications team working in the Atlantic regional office. She is based in Halifax. She has worked with Telefilm in the Atlantic region for more than 14 years as well as working in Telefilm’s Vancouver office for several years. Prior to joining the National Promotion and Communications team, Denise worked as a Business Analyst administrating the Canada Media Fund programs for both Television and Digital Media projects.
In addition to her government funding experience, Denise has worked in various business affairs capacities for television and film, both in production and in the private sector for more than twenty years. Denise holds a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Karen TsangVice President, Development, Pier 21 Films
Karen Tsang is Vice President of Development at Pier 21 Films based in Toronto. She works with some of Canada’s most exciting talent to develop comedy and drama series for the Canadian and international marketplace. She’s passionate about creator-driven stories and fostering shows that explore characters and themes that have been underrepresented on screen. Currently she’s working on a new ½ hour comedy series, RUN THE BURBS, created by and starring Andrew Phung from KIM’S CONVENIENCE, which is slated to air on CBC in January 2022.
Prior to joining Pier 21 in 2020, Karen spent eight years working in scripted content at the CBC and oversaw the creative development and production of series such as BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, TALLBOYZ, MR. D, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, HOW TO BUY A BABY, and BIT PLAYAS.
Dahlia ThompsonManager, Unscripted Programming, CBC Business & Rights
Dahlia Thompson works primarily on structuring financing and negotiating documentary program deals as a Manager in Unscripted Programming, on the Business & Rights team at the CBC.
Prior to joining the CBC, she spent almost 4 years at Ontario Creates as a business officer who assessed provincial tax credit applications for film, television, and interactive digital media productions. Her stint there also included a secondment to work in Ontario Creates music funding programs as a program consultant.
Prior to that, Dahlia spent 16 years working at Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund as a business analyst and project officer. During that time, she managed a variety of funding applications including selective portfolios in the English POV Documentaries, Diverse Languages and Indigenous Fund programs.
Alain RondeauProject Admissibility Analyst, SODEC
Alain Rondeau has been working in the television and cinema production field in Quebec for over 30 years. He’s got a bachelor’s degree in communication from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a college degree in Fine Arts. He’s worked as a Production Manager, Production Coordinator and Archives Research Specialist for different companies such as SOVIMAGE, PIXCOM and SPECTRA. In 1998 he won a GEMINI AWARD for best research in a documentary. In 1999 he founded with France Choquette and Jean Roy, EUREKA PRODUCTION; a TV production company specialized in documentaries. In December 2002 he left Eureka and joined the SODEC (Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles) in January 2003. As a Project Analyst he’s been part of the SODEC Cinema and Television equity investment division team ever since.
Edythe YeeProduction Planning Advisor, CBC
Edythe Yee is a Production Planning Advisor at CBC working with the Drama, Kids and Feature Film teams on both scripted and digital platforms. She analyzes and evaluates production elements to ensure budgets, schedules, financing plans and cost reports reflect corporate guidelines, creative expectations and business objectives as well as monitoring production progress to identify issues and concerns. Edythe has been with the CBC since 2004 as unit production manager, business manager and production executive. Prior to joining CBC, she was an animation production manager with Nelvana (Braceface, George Shrinks, Moville Mysteries, Care Bears, Jacob Two-Two) and a theatrical costume production coordinator with Livent (Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, Fosse, Seussical, Cabaret).
Ngardy Conteh GeorgeCo-founder/Producer/Director, OYA Media Group
Co-founder of OYA Media Group, Ngardy Conteh George is a two-time Canadian Screen Award winning filmmaker, a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow and grantee, and recipient of grants from the Toronto and Ontario Art Councils and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is committed to working with marginalized, and often unheard communities, especially those that represent the rich cultures and complexities of the African Diaspora. Most recently she directed, co-wrote and co-produced TV hour Mr. Jane and Finch (CBC Docs POV), winner of two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards: the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Writing for a Documentary. Her films include award-winning Sundance Documentary Film Fund supported feature-length documentary The Flying Stars (Best documentary – BronzeLens Film Festival, 2015). Along with Alison Duke, she leads the OYA Emerging Filmmakers program which fosters networking, mentoring, skill training, creation and job opportunities for postgraduate Black youth. She sits on the board of directors for the Documentary Organization of Canada - Ontario Chapter.
Margaret LewisCommercial Account Manager (Media and Entertainment), RBC
Margaret has a diversified portfolio of experience, starting with roles at film and television organizations such as TIFF, NBCUniversal, and Conquering Lion Pictures. She moved into retail for some time working at Target Canada and FedEx Office and then most recently at Corus Entertainment's Content & International Distribution teams. Currently, she works in Commercial Banking at RBC as an Account Manager specifically supporting the Media and Entertainment sector with banking solutions (e.g. interim financing, term loans, etc). She's a graduate of University of Toronto's Rotman MBA and is currently an emerging producer part of the Reelworld Producer Program.
Clara LeeManager, Digital Programming, CBC Business & Rights
Clara has been a manager within CBC's Business & Rights digital team for over 6 years. Working across all genres of projects, Clara particularly enjoys working with emerging producers, to help bring new voices and stories to the digital screen. Clara graduated law school from the University of Windsor after completing her undergraduate studies in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University.
Robert WongVice President, Creative BC
After working for several years in a Vancouver chartered accounting firm, Robert first joined Creative BC when it was BC Film + Media. At that time, he became part of the organization's newly forming tax credit team.
Now Creative BC's Vice President, Robert markets British Columbia internationally as a destination of choice for projects and companies seeking a world class creative industries centre in which to do business. In his role, he leads the administration of Creative BC's tax credit and granting programs, balancing attraction of international business with support for BC's domestic content creators.
During his tenure with the organization, Robert has become the expert on motion picture tax credits, originally helping to launch the BC film and television tax credit program in 1998. He went on to play an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s motion picture industry tax policy.
Diang IuVice President, Content Production
Diang Iu has worked in a number of roles at Shaftesbury across production affairs, finance, and scripted drama development before settling in his current position as VP, Content Production. His current focus is on the various business elements that make up a production, from financings, to budgets, to cashflows and to tax credits on such shows as the Murdoch Mysteries, Hudson & Rex and Departure.
Diang also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival after serving as a Board Member for five years which saw the festival grow from its solely downtown roots to expand to Markham, Richmond Hill and Scarborough.
Joy LoewenCEO, National Screen Institute
Joy Loewen is a media industry executive with a passion for nurturing the development and promotion of storytellers.
She is currently the CEO at the National Screen Institute, a not-for-profit training and mentoring organization that supports creators who change the world through the power of story.
Joy is an active volunteer with leadership roles on several community and non-profit boards and councils including The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba’s Order of Manitoba and Queen’s Council advisories. She also serves as a civilian aide to The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
Anya McKenzieManager, Digital Programming, CBC Business & Rights
Anya Mckenzie is an accomplished producer/programmer/acquisitions manager with a global perspective that stems from her roots in the Caribbean and humanitarian aid. She currently works with the CBC Business & Rights team licensing digital originals, kids shows and docs such as FAST HORSE, FARM CRIME, NANCY’S WORKSHOP, FOR HEAVEN’s SAKE, THE 410, and HOW TO BUY A BABY to name a few.
Anya is passionate about access in the media having served as Managing Director of Reelworld Film Festival, and later launching multicultural content for TELUS. Anya Co- produced the short film FIVE DOLLARS (2012), and is an Alumna of the CFC Features Lab, with credits on the award winning documentaries FAIR PLAY (2014) and ABU (2017) continues to support representation in film. Anya is an Advisory Board Member for Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF), a landmark event she was instrumental in launching. She also serves on the Reelworld Foundation Board of Directors.
Jennifer BlitzDirector of Tax Credits and Financing Programs, Ontario Creates
Jennifer Blitz has served as the Director of Tax Credits and Financing Programs at Ontario Creates (formerly Ontario Media Development Corporation) since October 2006. She began her tenure with Ontario Creates as a Team Leader in the Tax Credits and Financing Programs Department in 2004 managing a team of analysts. Before joining Ontario Creates, Jennifer was a policy advisor for the former Minister of Culture, David Tsubouchi, conducting consultations with stakeholders and briefing the Minister on policy proposals. Jennifer is a lawyer by training, having worked at the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault. She received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Haydn WazellePresident, TabulaDada Productions and Co-founder and CEO, ZedDrive
Haydn is a Vancouver-based media & entertainment producer and software developer. He sits on the national boards of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), the Black Screen Office (BSO), and the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC creatives (CISF).
While working producer-side on projects for Screen Siren Pictures, No Equal Entertainment, Insight Film Studios, Haddock Entertainment and his own shingle Tabula Dada, Haydn has worked on 5 international co-productions, 2 inter-provincial co-productions, 10 feature films, 2 TV series, 4 documentaries, and 2 video games. He is proficient in navigating the BC film & TV & Interactive digital media production space and tax credit systems.
Haydn produced the feature films ALONE (2010), HELLO DESTROYER (2016) and VIOLENTIA (2018), the CBC documentary DADS (2013), and the critically acclaimed video game EON ALTAR (2016). In 2017 HELLO DESTROYER was nominated for 4 CSA’s, including best picture, and named to TIFF Canada’s Top 10 list.
Haydn actively consults on theatrical & interactive digital media projects, most recently the international co-production with Ireland- FRENCH EXIT (2020). He regularly represents the CMPA, BSO, and CISF during government relations in actively lobbying for terms of trade, the modernization of the broadcast act (Bill C-10), and with broadcasters regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion for ALL equity-seeking groups.
Haydn is the co-founder and CEO at ZedDrive, a web-based dailies/cuts/screeners tool built to give content creation teams the ability to design their own secure media collaboration workflows: from concept to delivery. ZedDrive is a 100% BC-owned and operated company and has managed over 350 productions across the globe, including the dailies & cuts for many Netflix, CBC, and Bell Media productions, including every season of Cardinal, Letterkenny and Kim’s Convenience.
Haydn 'does not like' long walks at sunset, cracks up at his headshot, and LOVES Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alfa Romeo’s, his Mum’s breakfasts, and jumping in puddles or the closest ocean with his wife and two amazing daughters.
Rebekah ChasséProgram Consultant, Arts Culture and Commemorations Branch, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Rebekah Chassé is the program consultant for the New Brunswick Film, Television and New Media Industry Support Program for the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. She is fluently bilingual in English and French. Her other responsibilities for the Department include strategic initiatives for the cultural industries.
The Event Schedule can be found on the Eventbrite Registration Page
For ease of reference, we will link resources pertaining to each event to the affiliated event on this document: One Stop Business Workshop 2021 - Sessions, Resources and Links. Beneath each session title, you will find links to the presentation deck, a YouTube video of the presentation, and additional resources.
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