NSI Business for Producers participants announced

About NSI Business for Producers

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the participants accepted to the first NSI Business for Producers training course in association with presenting partner On Screen Manitoba.

NSI Business for Producers is aimed at Western Canadian content producers in television, film and digital media running small and mid-sized enterprises who wish to grow their companies in the domestic and international marketplace.

“The selected producers will gain valuable, practical tools from this training course,” said Brigitte Sachse, NSI Business for Producers program advisor. “They’ll update their business models and consider new opportunities for growth. We’ll focus on how business and creative intersect and how to use their business knowledge in order get their stories heard.”

Participants were nominated by Western Canadian provincial industry associations On Screen Manitoba, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) and Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).

The selected participants are:




Training boot camp runs until August 12 in Winnipeg, followed by webinars and another boot camp this fall. Brendon Sawatzky is the program manager and Brigitte Sachse is the program advisor. Brigitte, director of business affairs and digital strategy at RTR Media, brings expertise in strategy and financing for television and digital content production to her role as program advisor.

Confirmed speakers include producer Jeannette Loakman (Peep Culture), innovation strategist and producer Slavica Ceperkovic (Open Heart), production accountant Paul Courchaine (Sunnyside), executive producer and financial strategist Ian Dimerman (Wait Till Helen Comes) and business agent Rob Rowan.

NSI Business for Producers is supported by Presenting Partner On Screen Manitoba; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Industry Partners the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), the Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Industry Sponsor the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About the National Screen Institute

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 First, Movie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, 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 industries at nsi-canada.ca.

About On Screen Manitoba

OSM is a non-profit industry association that represents and develops world-class media production in Manitoba. OSM has over 1,500 professional members working in all genres and formats for both English and French language markets that have access to some of the best production incentives in Canada.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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