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Producer's Panel Series Victoria - Panelist Biographies

 

Erin Skillen produced the Amplify Her documentary, motion comics and graphic novel with the team at Ten One Films (amplifyher.com). In 2017 she completed Vets Without Borders, a one-hour documentary about Canadian veterinarians transforming the lives of people and animals in developing countries. She has also been an Interactive Producer with One Net Studios (onenetstudios.com) creating powerful web projects like Amplify Her and North Through South, the digital media component for Nettie Wild's feature documentary Koneline.

Prior to these projects, Erin was the Vice President and co-owner at May Street Productions (www.maystreet.ca). Her roles were many, including Producer, Writer, Director, Host and Business Affairs nerd for several socially-conscious TV documentary specials and series. She produced TV for nearly every Canadian broadcasting company, including Animal Planet, Discovery, W Network, CBC, CTV, APTN and many more.

Currently, she is the COO/Co-Founder for FamilySparks, a social impact mental wellness company. She also writes for Douglas Magazine as a Guest Columnist and on the Board of Directors for VIATEC.

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Don Enright is an Emmy-winning television producer as well as a longtime member of the motion picture Academy. Don Enright brings 35 years of creative, managerial, marketing and physical production experience to the creation of entertainment.

As a principal at Barry & Enright Productions and later at Alexander/Enright and Associates in Los Angeles, Mr. Enright directed his company’s prolific operations and ran its development team. As a filmmaker, he’s written and/or produced more than fifty feature films, television films and documentaries, working with Sony, Warner Bros., Universal, NBC, CBS, ABC, Lifetime and Discovery. Enright’s productions have been nominated for eight – and have won three – Emmy Awards, including Best Picture of the year.

Born and raised in New York, a graduate of UCLA, he emigrated to Canada in 2006, and now lives – as a dual Canadian-US citizen – with his wife, designer Cheryl Rowley, north of Victoria.  

Jill Reilly analyzes applications to Film Incentive BC and the Production Services Tax Credit, including production budgets, distribution and financing agreements and other documentation, in order to determine eligibility in accordance with the program legislation and regulations.

Jill has a degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba and in Law from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Creative BC in 2005, Jill worked at the Union of B.C. Performers / ACTRA, where she was a member of the collective bargaining committee and was responsible for the formation and development of the union’s film and television residuals administration system.

Kath Drew is a Production Accountant with 30+ years of experience in film and television. She began her career with Walt Disney Pictures and became the only Canadian Production Accountant they would hire for several years. She has worked with Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Legendary, Viacom, NBC, CBS, ABC and Hallmark. Her projects have taken her from Stewart B.C. to Colorado, New York, Puerto Rico and Rome, Italy. When the Canadian labour tax credits were first introduced, Kath spent two years in Los Angeles auditing and preparing the applications for Canadian projects produced by U.S. studios. She is currently working on Vancouver Island productions as well as budgeting for Netflix, Amazon and Apple.

Elizabeth Schofield is Director of Scripted Development for Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd and has been with the company since late 2016. Her role encompasses many varied areas of responsibility, from company promotion to creative development and production management. Much of her promotional focus is on identifying potential producing partners and buyers abroad, particularly in the UK where she retains strong relationships. On the development front, Elizabeth sees projects through from initial conception, pulls together the strongest and most suitable talent possible, and works closely with talent to nurture the material and pitch to its full potential. During production, she is a key part of managing and reviewing each creative stage and other core production aspects.
 
As a Media Arts graduate of Royal Holloway University of London specializing in writing and producing, Elizabeth was given her break by acclaimed UK producer Claire Lewis, coordinating and researching on development projects and the award-winning ‘Up’ series for ITV documentaries. Elizabeth then progressed to freelancing for various companies, including the BBC and Channel 4, where she held roles such as Researcher, Script Editor and Assistant Production Coordinator on multiple projects including BAFTA award-winning shows, ‘In the Flesh’, ‘Run’ and Jimmy McGovern’s ‘Accused’.

Arwen Hunter has produced documentaries and documentary series for networks including History Television, Lifetime Network, CBC North, Knowledge Network and Victoria’s CHEK TV often as both Director and Editor. Recently, the Women in Film network has brought opportunities to edit Sharon McGowan's short film Bearded Ladies, the Life of Rosamond Norbury as well as Sandra Ignagni's film about our local Carnival Band, You're Already In the Band. Arwen's last film, For the Love of Music screened at the 2017 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and aired on Knowledge Network. Her next classical music endeavour, Creating Harmony is currently in Post Production with support from the BC Arts Council.

Deborah Osborne For over 30 years Deborah has been working with creators, performers, crews, professional organizations, theatre and opera companies, government institutions, equipment manufacturers, broadcasters and students. Her career began in theatre and opera stage management, evolving to production of theatrical films, TV series, movies, documentaries and live-to-air programming. Her wide range of experience in executive, creative, administrative and crew positions has supported many live productions and a variety of award-winning programming for major networks and distributors in North America and Europe, working as an AD, PM, Post Production Executive and Producer. In addition, she has authored articles for industry publications and has taken leadership roles in innovative training initiatives, academic courses, seminars and workshops across Canada. Deborah was recently honoured with Women In Film & Television Toronto’s Crystal Award for Mentorship.

Barbara Todd Hager (Cree/Métis) is a producer, director and writer of 150 Indigenous arts, culture, history and environmental TV episodes and three one-hour documentaries. Her Indigenous programs have aired on APTN, CBC, Bravo!, CTV, SBS and ZDF. Her 8-part docu-drama series, 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, covers 20,000 years of history told from the perspective of Indigenous people. The series won three 2018 Leos including best documentary series, best screenwriting and best music composition. Barbara is on the board of the Victoria Film Festival, and a former director of DOC Canada and the Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals. She serves as a mentor for the Telus Storyhive $100K and Indigenous Editions. She is the 2019 Indspire Arts Award recipient. 

Nicole Sorochan combines her film expertise, technical web prowess and a decade of marketing experience to produce and direct films, direct cross-platform projects, build immersive worlds and create outreach strategies that create paradigm-shifting impact.

Nicole is the transmedia director for Amplify Her: a feature documentary film, graphic novel and 7-chapter motion comic series involving over 30 creative women. She is also co-creator of the augmented location-based music discovery game Hipster Bait launching spring 2019.

Nicole has a background in video journalism and has filmed in conflict zones around the world. She has spoken at events such as Tedx and SF UX Week and Emerald City Comicon on topics around female creation and human experience design. Nicole also co-owns One Net Inc. an award-winning creative and marketing agency based in Victoria, BC working with the world’s largest tech and entertainment brands where she is the Creative Director.

Anita Adams has nearly 30 years experience working in film and television.  She got her start in the film industry as an actor and has worked in development and production on various feature films and shorts.  In 1998, Anita launched the Alibi Unplugged Script Reading Series, a monthly forum that brought provocative screenplays to life in front of a live audience.  In a short time, the script series became an integral part of the Vancouver film community serving writers, directors, producers and actors. 

In February 2003, Anita launched the First Weekend Club, an initiative designed to build audiences for Canadian films and to support a film’s critical first weekend in theatres.  What started as a Vancouver based initiative has grown into a national organization which has helped to promote over 750 Canadian feature films and countless talent.

In April 2015, as part of the First Weekend Club brand and in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, Anita and her team launched CanadaScreens.ca, a Video on Demand service exclusively for Canadian film.  

Lesley Diana established The Promotion People in 1994, after years of working in the media and entertainment industry, both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes. As a Unit Publicist with I.A.S.T.E. 669, she has worked on over 60 high feature film and television series, including films and series shot in Vancouver for Sony Pictures, DirecTV and eOne TV. She has also completed successful publicity campaigns for television series produced by Thunderbird Films and Great Pacific TV, and has been the publicist for countless projects from IndustryWorks Pictures. As a Personal Publicist to some of Canada's most talented actors, she has worked alongside some of the country’s brightest stars as their careers rise on the big and small screens.

When not working on movie sets, Lesley has worked with an incredible roster of clients including Emmanuelle Vaugier, Nicole Oliver, Todd Talbot, Gabrielle Miller, Terry Chen, Michael Eklund, Cory Monteith, Maestro Fresh Wes Williams, Tammy Gillis, Cle Bennett and Hall of Fame inductee musician David Sancious of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. She has produced many feature film Electronic Press Kits featuring interviews with actors Jerry Stiller, Brooke Shields, Peter Coyote, Wendy Crewson, Oscar nominee Abagail Breslin, Malcolm McDowell, Joe Lando, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Dillon, Peter Gallagher, Tom Green and many more. Lesley had the privilege of working with writer/director Peter Farrelly who recently won Golden Globes for The Green Book on DirecTV’s Loudermilk.