Melissa Kajpust appointed NSI Director of Programming


Melissa Kajpust

The National Screen Institute’s Melissa Kajpust has been appointed Director of Programming. Kajpust joined NSI in February 2011 as NSI Drama Prize program manager and assumes her new position immediately.

“We’re delighted to promote a member of NSI’s staff to this position. We look forward to Melissa’s contributions to the development of our training programs and curriculum in her new role,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “We had a great slate of candidates and thank them all for their interest in our organization.”

Kajpust is an award-winning writer who has worked on and developed programs for CTV, W, Slice, A-Channel, APTN, Treehouse, Citytv, YTV and Movie Central. Her two books for children, A Dozen Silk Diapers and The Peacock’s Pride were published by Disney’s Hyperion Books for Children. She has worked as a development executive for Super Channel and Frantic Films and has worked with emerging and established writers, directors and producers across Canada. Kajpust was previously involved with NSI when she co-developed and co-managed NSI New Voices between 2005 and 2008.

“It is the commitment to nurturing talent that most excites me about NSI – an institution renowned for exceptional training programs that support emerging talent and their projects,” said Kajpust.  “I’m eager to work with our stellar staff, faculty and board as we continue to meet the changing needs of our industry by offering the best training available in Canada.”

National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: Shaw MediaTelefilm Canada; Patrons: CTV and the CTV/CHUM Benefits; Builders: Rogers, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation; Contributors: NBCUniversal, Women in Media Foundation; Friends: ZoomerMediaGlassBOX Television Inc.

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