Friday, March 9, 2012 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milano Espresso Lounge Gastown
36 Powell Street, Vancouver BC
WIFTV Members $10 + hst | Regular Rate $15 + hst
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A pitch session is a one-on-one non-public session that is conducted in an open room in a "speed dating" style. You may book one-on-one 10 minute pitching sessions and pitch your project directly to these leading film industry professionals:
Pitch sessions for Maureen Levitt of Super Channel, Bill Hurst of Telefilm, and Tim Brown of Joker Films have been sold out.
PITCH SESSION PROTOCOL
Please ensure that the person who you are pitching to relates to your project. Before signing up, do your research ahead of time, both on the company you are interested in pitching to and on the pitch professional personally, to see if it’s a good fit.
PITCH PROPOSALS – GENRE + WHO TO PITCH TO
Animation (only auteur animation - no series/tv): National Film Board
Comedy Series: Super Channel
Digital Stories: National Film Board
Documentary: National Film Board, Super Channel, Knowledge Network
Feature Film: Joker Films, Super Channel, Telefilm, Media Capital Group (financing)
Reality Show: Omni Film Productions, Super Channel
Scripted TV: Super Channel
Children's TV: Knowledge Network
PITCH PROFESSIONALS + WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR
Patrice Ramsay is the Coordinator, Independent Production, at Knowledge Network, British Columbia’s public educational broadcaster where she coordinates the pre-license activities for documentary and children’s programming. Patrice has been at Knowledge Network since 1994 and has held a few different positions in the Programming Department. Before joining Knowledge Network she worked in the Telecommunications Industry.
'We encourage a range of voices and opinions, and we challenge you to think outside the box - in terms of financing and subject matter.' Patrice says that 'Knowledge has a long history of actively supporting independent producers. We pride ourselves on our collaborative relationships with filmmakers, working together to showcase different perspectives for our diverse audience across British Columbia.' Knowledge Network's priority for pre-licenses and commissions are arts, culture and social issue documentaries, one-hour and feature-length.
From 6am to 6pm daily, Knowledge Kids is the destination in BC for an outstanding line-up of high-quality, commercial-free programming for children aged 2-8. Across the kids’ schedule, Knowledge Network's programming aims to support the cognitive, social and emotional development of young learners by covering a range of subject areas, including language and literacy, maths, science, movement, music and the arts, personal development (empathy, tolerance, coping skills, self-expression), problem solving, critical thinking and healthy lifestyles. Knowledge Network has a mixture of programming including different forms of animation, stop motion, live action and mixed media. They are looking for series with a large number of episodes (minimum 26 to 65), not one-off shorts.
At the age of 10, Tim Brown screened Jaws and knew from that point forward his life was going to be dedicated to film in one way or another. In July 2009 Tim founded Joker Films from the basement of his home in North Vancouver. Although the company was new to the global production/distribution landscape Tim was not. Tim has spent the past 20 years in all aspects of film. Tim started working for Rene Malo (Decline of the American Empire) in the distribution of STV films in Canada. Malofilm at the time distributed approx 15-20 movies/month. After three years at Malofilm Tim moved to Astral where he was National Sales Manager. In the 6 years spent at Astral (later known as, Motion) he was responsible for evaluating thousands of scripts and feature films. By travelling the world looking for films and releasing them into the Canadian market place Tim developed a keen sense of what films worked in the marketplace and what films did not. After 6 years at Motion, Tim moved West to Vancouver to explore new opportunities in the world of West coast production. Tim spent a year working with an independent production company, Highwire, learning the ropes of production and financing of feature films. Tim went on to become head of worldwide sales and distribution for Keystone Entertainment. Tim was in charge of marketing and releasing all internal productions to the global marketplace. He learned what films not only worked in the Canadian marketplace but the international and US marketplace as well. He had the opportunity to garner important relationships with all the major studios and mini-majors. After his time at Keystone, Tim decided to fulfill his lifelong dream to direct his first feature film. He directed The Cradle starring Lukas Haas. Once Tim had the chance to write and direct his own feature film it gave him the ability to fully appreciate the process of writing, producing and directing. He went on to become President of Insight Film Studios and in just over two years was involved in the financing, creation, packaging, marketing and sales of over 40 films including Personal Effects (Ashton Kutchar and Michelle Pfeiffer), Numb (Mathew Perry), and While She Was Out (Kim Bassinger). In his first 24 months since founding Joker Films Tim has Executive Produced over 11 films. In addition, Tim is currently producing 2 feature films.
||MEDIA CAPITAL GROUP
** High quality producers with film and television productions requiring interim financing against tax credits, broadcast license agreements and/or distribution agreements.
Media Capital Group provides specialized lending solutions to the Media and Entertainment sector. Our extensive network of relationships and collective knowledge has positioned Media Capital Group as a leader in our sector. We offer our clients trusted advice, the latest in deal structuring trends, risk mitigation strategies and appropriate loan programs to fund their film and television productions. Our clients include a wide variety of independent film and television producers. We work closely with foreign and domestic sales agents, distribution companies, studios and broadcasters in arranging our financing programs. We provide interim production loans secured against Canadian and American state tax credits, distribution and broadcast licenses as well as other forms of reliable collateral. Our loans can consist of senior, gap and bridge as required and appropriate. The principals of Media Capital Group have structured financing programs for hundreds of films worldwide. With our broad experience, wide industry network and dependable funding sources, we work closely with our clients to provide for the necessary loans to get their productions completed.
Ross is a financing professional with experience in providing growth financing and advisory services to innovative companies in the media sector. Prior to joining Media Capital Group, Ross led the entertainment financing team at CIBC World Markets where he sourced, underwrote and managed entertainment loans throughout North America. Ross has proven experience in evaluating and providing senior and subordinated debt, corporate finance and advisory services and interim production financing for film and television. Prior to this, Ross managed a subordinated debt and venture loan portfolio within the media and technology sector. With years of experience and profile in this sector, Ross has worked wit
h many of the leading companies in the industry. Ross holds an MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management and BA from The University of British Columbia.
||NATIONAL FILM BOARD
TRACEY FRIESEN - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
JEN MOSS - PRODUCER/INTERACTIVE WRITER, DIGITAL PLATFORM
** The National Film Board is interested in documentary, digital stories (see http://www.nfb.ca/interactive) and auteur animation (no tv animated series)
Tracey Friesen joined the National Film Board of Canada as producer almost 11 years ago and in 2007 became executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, which is now relocated in the landmark Woodward’s district. In this capacity, she works with the independent community to create innovative and socially relevant documentaries, animation and original digital content. Tracey has credits on over two dozen projects, including Bone Wind Fire, Finding Farley and Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, a major co-production with E1. As the interactive media landscape evolves, Tracey is striving to diversify her slate to include new creators and alternative forms of narrative expression. Before the NFB, Tracey was with Rainmaker for five years and prior to this worked as an editor and post production supervisor/coordinator. Actively involved in the Vancouver film community, Tracey is a member of the Women in Film + Television Vancouver, the Academy, DOC and sits as an affiliate guest with MPPIA.
Jen Moss joined the National Film Board of Canada's Digital Studio in Vancouver in 2011, after working as a freelance writer on a number of their digital projects. Prior to this she wrote, blogged, and edited her life away, crafting theatre and fine art reviews for The Vancouver Sun (print and online), and creating numerous documentaries for CBC Radio programs. She recently won a Jack Webster Award for a radio documentary featured on CBC's The Current, entitled "Wild Art." Jen also worked for 7 years as an Associate Producer for CBC Radio One, booking guests, writing scripts, pitching and critiquing ideas daily for both national and local arts and current affairs programs, including: Sounds Like Canada, BC Almanac, Freestyle, On The Coast, The Early Edition, and North by Northwest. This taught her not only to recognize a good pitch, but also to look beyond a mediocre pitch into the heart of a story. As a print, internet, and radio journalist, an editor, and part-time marketing copy writer for Vision Critical, Jen learned how to distill what's essential in any body of writing, and how to tailor a message to the right audience. The digital medium presents exciting challenges in terms of pitching and writing. At the NFB Jen works closely with the interactive team to ensure that whatever the complex presentation of the digital projects under consideration, the stories at the heart of them remain clear. Jen is a standing member of Women in Film + Television, and is currently working on the NFB Digital Studio's fascinating new interactive project, Bear 71, launching this year at Sundance.
||OMNI FILM PRODUCTIONS
**Omni Film’s unscripted department develops and produces factual and lifestyle television series in a variety of genres as well as documentaries. We tend not to develop series for teens or children. We do not produce feature films nor animation. For more info please see www.omnifilm.com/development.shtml
In her role as Development Manager for Omni Film Productions, Corinna Hagel supports the Partners and the scripted and unscripted departments in the development of factual and lifestyle series, documentaries and scripted drama and comedy for television. This includes reviewing pitches, collaborating on developing new show ideas, strategy and research support for new projects, developing and designing pitch materials, and providing corporate and production publicity and marketing support. Recent Omni Film series Corinna has helped develop include dramatic series Arctic Air for CBC and Primeval: New World for SPACE as well as unscripted factual series Pyros for Discovery Channel Canada and Discovery UK/Europe and Ice Pilots NWT now airing on History Television in Canada as well as internationally in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, France and Scandinavia. Previous productions include Defying Gravity (ABC, CTV, BBC2, Prosieben), Robson Arms (CTV), Word Travels (OLN, NGCI), The Dolphin Dealer (CBC), Pure Design (HGTV), Smart Cookies (W Network), System Crash (CLT), Shockwave (CBC), Mystery of the Toxic Swans (CTV), and She’s Crafty (HGTV). www.omnifilm.com
** Comedy Series, Documentary, Feature Film, Reality Show, Scripted TV
CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE
Maureen Levitt joined Super Channel, Canada’s only national English Pay TV service, at its inception in 2007. As Creative Development Executive she works with the independent production community in Western Canada and the Territories to develop their feature length films and documentaries intended for theatrical release. Her commissioning portfolio includes a growing list of independent features such as Carl Bessai’s popular Fathers & Sons and over 120 Canadian documentaries including such international hits as The Corporation and Scared Sacred and the recently released ECO-PIRATE: The Story of Paul Watson. She is a cofounder of Vision TV. Between 1994 and 2005 she was Manager of its Western Region office, Commissioning Editor of independent programs from Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. and Executive Producer of various in-house series. Previous to that she was First Assistant Editor on the Canadian film classic, The Grey Fox, and on the quintessential Canadian series The Beachcombers and The Canadian Establishment. Maureen has a Masters in Communications from Simon Fraser University and lives near the ocean in beautiful Victoria, B.C.
SENIOR CONTENT ANALYST
** Telefilm will only be accepting Feature Film proposals for all genres (drama, comedy, horror etc.)
Bill Hurst has been with Telefilm Canada for 19 years as a Content Analyst where he has contributed to funding decisions mainly by evaluating the creative aspects of feature film projects, both in development and production. He also served as Interim Regional Feature Film Executive during a period in 2011. His background is as a writer and story editor.
Established in 1989, Women In Film + Television Vancouver Society (WIFTV) is an internationally-affiliated non-profit society committed to advancing and celebrating women in screen-based media. We are the Vancouver chapter of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI), which counts more than 10,000 members world-wide.