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Francesca Accinelli

Interim Executive Director & CEO

Telefilm Canada

Francesca joined Telefilm in 2006 as the Deputy Director, English Market for the Canadian Television Fund (now Canada Media Fund), by 2008 she was promoted to Director of that team and is now very excited to be the Director of National Promotions and Communications. Francesca has always been a fan...show more

Speaking on: Keynote conversation: Francesca Accinelli and Mehernaz Lentin, Telefilm Canada


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Amos Adetuyi

CEO & Executive Producer

Circle Blue Entertainment

Amos Adetuyi is the executive producer of the legal drama Diggstown (CBC/BET), which was sold to FOX and is currently in its fourth season of productions. Amos’ television producer credits also include two internationally acclaimed TV series: Jozi H, a medical drama (CBC/SABC) nominated for Best Series Gemini, and the...show more

Speaking on: Keynote conversation: Francesca Accinelli and Mehernaz Lentin, Telefilm Canada


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Mélanie Bray

Actor and Co-Producer, ROSIE


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Damon D'Oliveira

Producer

Conquering Lion Pictures

Damon is a veteran producer responsible for bringing to screen some of Canada’s most critically and commercially successful films and television (BROTHER, RUDE, THE GRIZZLIES, THE BOOK OF NEGROES and WILDHOOD).  An early champion of diversity, equity and inclusion both in front and behind the camera, Damon transitioned early in...show more

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Gracie Garcia

Management Coordinator

Cinetic Media

Gracie Garcia works across management and finance at Cinetic Media, the multi-hyphenate firm specializing in film finance, sales, development, and talent management. Before Cinetic, Gracie produced theater in New York City and graduated from the film department with honors at Wesleyan University.

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Bell Media, Cinetic Media; Speed Meetings: Quiver Distribution, Cinetic Media, Mongrel Media


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Mitch Geddes

Production Executive, Original Programming, Drama and Feature Film

Bell Media

One of Playback's 10 to Watch for 2022, Mitch Geddes is a Production Executive on Bell Media's Original Programming team, responsible for overseeing the production and ongoing development of current original drama series and feature film projects across Bell Media's family of channels. He currently manages a portfolio of projects...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: CBC/Radio-Canada, Neshama Entertainment, Bell Media; Speed Meetings: Quiver Distribution, Neshama Entertainment, Bell Media


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Lauren Grant

Founder

Clique Pictures

Lauren Grant owns Clique Pictures, a vibrant film and television production company that focuses on working with female creative talent in front and behind the camera. In 2021, Clique Pictures released the feature films Sugar Daddy and The Retreat as well as Lauren’s directorial debut Things We Feel But Do Not...show more

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Hilary Hart

Co-President

Game Theory Films

Hilary studied political science and film studies at Dalhousie University, and went on to work in short film distribution at Ouat Media in Toronto. From Ouat she moved onto the Canadian Film Centre, working first in development and later in administration and distribution.

 In 2015 she accepted a position...show more

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Natalie Igelfeld

Senior Manager, Program Acquisitions, Crave

Bell Media

Natalie leads acquisitions strategy for the programming team at Crave, as well as working collaboratively with Bell Media’s original programming team in the selection and commissioning of Canadian originals for Crave.

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: FilmNation, Mongrel Media, Bell Media; Speed Meetings: Bell Media, Cinetic Media


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Joan Jenkinson

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Black Screen Office

Joan is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Black Screen Office where she works to empower Black Canadians working within the screen industries to thrive and share their stories. She is committed to making sector practices and policies equitable and free of anti-Black racism and to work collaboratively with decision-makers...show more

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Tory Jennings

Director of Content, Crave

Bell Media

As the Director of Content, Crave, Tory leads the English-language content team responsible for programming Canada's premium SVOD and Pay services Crave and STARZ with Bell Media.

In this role, Tory oversees English content strategy including but not limited to acquisitions, commissioning decisions, budget management, scheduling and SVOD merchandising...show more


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Shant Joshi

President

Fae Pictures Inc

Shant Joshi is a queer Indo-Canadian producer based in Los Angeles and Toronto. His credits include the films Framing Agnes (Sundance, NEXT Audience Award, NEXT Innovator Award), International Dawn Chorus Day (Berlin, TEDDY Award Winner), Porcupine Lake (Toronto), and Noor & Layla (BlackStar); the hit web series Teenagers (CSAs); and...show more

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Gosia Kamela

Head of CBC Films

CBC Radio Canada

As Head of CBC Films, Gosia oversees the Original Scripted Feature Film slate for CBC and GEM. Previously, as an Executive at Bell Media, Gosia was responsible for the development and production of original scripted series across a large portfolio of channels and platforms including CTV and Crave. A few...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: CBC/Radio-Canada, Neshama Entertainment, Bell Media


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Mehernaz Lentin

National Director of Feature Films English Market

Telefilm Canada

Mehernaz plays a critical role in ensuring that Telefilm remains at the heart of Canada’s cultural sector by developing and implementing a feature film business plan aligned with Telefilm’s strategic objectives as well as the new realities of the film industry. She brings to Telefilm well over two decades of...show more

Speaking on: Keynote conversation: Francesca Accinelli and Mehernaz Lentin, Telefilm Canada


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Ian Malone

Development Executive

NESHAMA Entertainment

Ian Malone is the Director Of Development at Neshama Entertainment. He previously worked for over a decade as an Executive Producer and Executive Story Editor. He has written and produced for a wide array of broadcasters, including Netflix, the BBC, the CW, Family Channel, and Nickelodeon. His credits include the...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: CBC/Radio-Canada, Neshama Entertainment, Bell Media; Speed Meetings: Quiver Distribution, Neshama Entertainment, Bell Media


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Jamie Manning

Producer, Rosie

Jamie Manning's Night Market produces film and television driven by diverse voices and unique visions. It strives to support both emerging and established artists while bringing intriguing, thought-provoking and inspiring material to niche and mass audiences worldwide.

Night Market founder Jamie Manning most recently produced Bent Hamer's THE MIDDLE MAN, starring...show more


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Gail Maurice

Director/Writer/Producer, Rosie

Assini Productions Inc.


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Berry Meyerowitz

Co-President

Quiver Distribution

Berry Meyerowitz is the co-founder of Quiver Distribution, a film and TV company operating in the U.S., Canada and international markets. Quiver acquires, develops, finances, and produces high-quality, talent-driven films from both established and emerging stars and filmmakers, in addition to exploiting its library of 700+ movies and series.

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: Quiver Distribution, Neshama Entertainment, Bell Media; Speed Meetings: Quiver Distribution, Cinetic Media, Mongrel Media


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Shehrezade Mian

Producer

Shehrezade Mian

Shehrezade Mian is a Pakistani-Canadian producer based in Toronto. As a child she grew up in 5 different countries, speaking 5 different languages, and developed a keen interest in narratives about under-represented communities and the human condition. Mian now seeks to champion auteur driven films with a distinct voice and...show more

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Claire Peace-McConnell

Head of Public Relations and Co-Head of Canadian Content Development

VVS Films

Claire has worked in the film industry for over 15 years, beginning her career at TIFF and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival before moving into theatrical publicity and promotions. At Alliance Films and then eOne, she held the role of Director, Publicity and Promotions until 2015. At that time, she...show more

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Kerry Swanson

Co-Executive Director

Indigenous Screen Office

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Lisa Valencia-Svensson

Managing Director

Racial Equity Media Collective

Lisa is an Emmy award-winning producer, Managing Director of the Racial Equity Media Collective, and consultant for the Documentary Organization of Canada's Business Concierge pilot program. She was previously the Acting Industry Programs Director at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Before that she was Head of Operations at Multitude...show more

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Clement Virgo

Director

Conquering Lion Pictures

Clement Virgo is one of Canada's foremost film directors. His first feature film, RUDE, premiered at Cannes 1995 in Un Certain Regard and went on to play other festivals around the world including TIFF, London and Sundance (1996) and was again included at Locarno 2019 as part of the Black...show more

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Natalie Wegner

Director of Development

FilmNation

Natalie joined the production/development team at FilmNation May 2021. Prior to FilmNation, she spent over four years at Focus Features identifying films for a specialty audience. Starting her entertainment career in the mailroom at William Morris Endeavor, she's developed a taste for quality material with commercial appeal. Natalie is based...show more

Speaking on: Speed Meetings: FilmNation, Mongrel Media, Bell Media


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Carolyn Wu

Development Executive, Original Programming

Bell Media

As a Development Executive in Original Programming with a focus on developing scripted originals, Carolyn (Jay) Wu (they/them) works with the Development team to develop scripted content for CTV, Crave and the Entertainment Specialty channels of Bell Media. They collaborate with independent production partners, writers, and creatives to develop a slate of scripted projects...show more

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David B Zitzerman

Partner

Goodmans LLP

David Zitzerman is a partner and head of the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans LLP. He has exclusively practised entertainment law for over 25 years.

David's practice focuses on the film, television and online industries in Canada and the United States. His clients include independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood...show more

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