March 6, 2015, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
VIFF's Vancity Theatre Atrium
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC
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Michele McMahon is Development Manager Independent Production for B.C. and the Territories. In this role, Michele is the point of contact for the local production community, acts as the creative executive on projects in development and production, and initiate community engagement and outreach initiatives. Michele is currently one of the Production Executives for Bell Media on 19-2 (BRAVO) and MOTIVE (CTV).
Prior to joining Bell Media, Michele McMahon spent 10 years with Omnifilm Entertainment, the last five as Director of Drama Development. There, she developed the drama PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD (Space) and ARCTIC AIR (CBC). In her diverse 20-year career as a journalist, writer, and TV producer, McMahon has edited a weekly paper, freelanced for newspapers and magazines, and written and story edited several screenplays. She also acted as the Chair of the Amnesty International Film Festival (Vancouver). Michele earned degrees in Political Science (Carleton University), Journalism (Algonguin College) and Writing for Film and Television (Vancouver Film School) and is slowly working towards her Masters’ Degree at Simon Fraser University.
Recent projects she managed from conception to green light include 10 one-hour episodes of the factual series Million Dollar Neighborhood for OWN (airing January 2012), 26 episodes of the half hour lifestyle series Urban Suburban, 13 half-hour episodes of the competition series Family Cook Off for Food Network (airing spring 2012), and 10 one-hour episodes of the factual series Village On A Diet for CBC.
Before dedicating herself full time to development, Nicole worked in production on series such as Making It Big for Slice, Take It Outside for HGTV and Tube Tales for TVtropolis. She has a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and a degree in psychology from UBC.
Hillary Hennessy is a Development Producer at Force Four Entertainment and has been a part of Vancouver’s television industry since 1992. She’s worked for CTV, Global Television and in the process soon discovered her passion for story producing. After a string of successes with W Network, HGTV, OWN, Food Network and Shaw, and recent collaborations on Force Four’s Urban Suburban, The Audience and Shannon & Sophie, she is very excited to join the Force Four Development team to see projects from conception to green-light.
Hillary is a Communication Arts graduate of Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario.
MCE provides a focused and dedicated approach to the various stages of feature film production: from creative development, financial pre-production negotiations and completed sales, to marketing and domestic release strategies.
With long term experience in the domestic and international marketplace, with hundreds of titles pre-sold, thousands of deals concluded, MCE is a one step access center to global buyers and a worldwide audience for your feature.
In a feature film, Marina is looking for a well written screenplay, meaning: strong real life dialogue and solid story structure, character development and universal themes. A familiar story is welcome, as long as there is a unique angle. Although I am open to any genres, the ones that "sell" most around the world are: family audience, thriller, unusual yet universal indie stories that attract profile actors.
Prior to MCE, Marina Cordoni worked for various entertainment companies including the film division of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, where she handled pre-sales and completed picture sales in various foreign territories on major independent hits including '4 Weddings and a Funeral', 'Dead Man Walking', 'Fargo' and 'Sleepers'.
NFB Programming Criteria: Talent and vision of the creator/director ; Originality of concept and approach; Creative excellence; Great storytelling; Clearly articulated sense of the intended audience; Viability of project (in terms of access, timeframe and budget); Reflecting Canada back to Canadians and the world; Innovation in form.
Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada's Pacific and Yukon Centre, based in Vancouver. Vercruysse has served in Canada's arts and cultural industries for many years, both in film and television production as well as the non-profit cultural sector. She worked in independent production for 14 years, previously serving as a partner in Burns Films, with writer-director Gary Burns, where she produced such acclaimed works as waydowntown and the Genie Award winning NFB co-production Radiant City.
Elizabeth Yake is President of True West Films based on the west coast of Canada. As producer, her films have been nominated for more than 15 Genie Awards and each of her features and shorts have premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Films/TV include PILGRIMS, EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN, IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG, MISS TEXAS. TWF focuses on structuring international coproductions for the world market. Elizabeth is in post with her feature docu-drama HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT based on the story of The Golden Spruce in coproduction with the NFB and Passion Pictures, UK, Oscar winners 2013 for SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN.
(Note that Eilzabeth Yake will be joined by her intern, Krista Martin)-TOP-