NSI appoints Angela Heck to Digital & Strategic Initiatives Director, welcomes Kaya Wheeler and Joy Loewen

Angela Heck, Kaya Wheeler and Joy Loewen

Above from left: Angela Heck, Kaya Wheeler and Joy Loewen

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to appoint Angela Heck, previously in the role of Manager, Digital Media Programs & Development at NSI, to Director, Digital & Strategic Initiatives.

Angela has worked closely with TELUS over the past year at NSI, developing and delivering TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts and TELUS Optik™ Local training. Her new role will see her continue to develop NSI’s digital programming alongside further strategic initiatives.

NSI also announces the appointment of Kaya Wheeler to the position of Aboriginal Programs & Administrative Assistant. She will work alongside Ursula Lawson, Manager, Programs & Development, in facilitating NSI New Voices and will also be responsible for additional programming and administrative support.

Kaya has a degree in Indigenous studies from the University of Winnipeg and comes to NSI with a wealth of experience working for not-for-profit and arts organizations.

NSI is also pleased to welcome Joy Loewen to the position of Manager, Programs & Development. A longtime industry professional (and previous NSI Drama Prize program manager), Joy will manage NSI Features First and NSI Totally Television while Shelly Quade is on a temporary leave.

“I’m pleased to appoint Angela to this expanded new role and welcome Kaya and Joy to NSI,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “With the industry’s increasing focus on digital, Angela’s reputation and skills will be key in advancing digital initiatives for NSI.”

“Kaya brings industry knowledge and enthusiasm to her position as Aboriginal Programs & Administrative Assistant. And I’m happy to welcome Joy back into the NSI family – her experience and connections will serve NSI Features First and NSI Totally Television well.”

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstMovie Central Script to ScreenShaw Media Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE and TELUS Optik™ Local.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) operates with ongoing funding from Core Funders: Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: Corus Entertainment and Telefilm Canada; Patron: Bell Media; Builders: The Brian Linehan Charitable FoundationNBCUniversal and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Strategic Sponsors: Entertainment One, Super Channel and Blue Ant Media; Friends: ZoomerMedia, APTN, RBC Emerging Artists ProjectManitoba Film & Music and Breakthrough Entertainment.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Phone: 204.957.299 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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