Corus Diverse TV Director students shadow on Kim’s Convenience, Vikings

About Corus Diverse TV Director course

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the series shadowing placements for its Corus Diverse TV Director participants. Elise Swerhone is program manager of the course and Gail Harvey serves as program advisor.

Tricia Lee recently completed director shadowing with Erik Canuel on Ransom during the summer and Gloria Ui Young Kim, from the first year of the course, completed director shadowing with Peter Wellington on Kim’s Convenience in August. Tarique Qayumi will be shadowing Daniel Grou on series Vikings, shot in Ireland, later this month.

Amy Jo Johnson shadows Craig Pryce on The Good Witch this month, and Tanya Lemke will shadow director Norma Bailey on Reign later this fall.

“We are so grateful to the series producers for arranging these stellar placements. In addition to the directors themselves, a big thank you goes to Sandra Cunningham and Jennifer Paul from Kim’s Convenience, Tina Grewal from Ransom and Thom Pretak of Reign,” said Elise Swerhone.

“Thank you also to Craig Pryce of The Good Witch and Susan Alexander, Sheila Hockin and Robin Neinstein of Vikings for offering their expertise to the Corus Diverse TV Director students. The firsthand experience they’ve gained is invaluable and will cement the skills they’ve learned through the course.”

“It is exciting to see the benefits of the Corus Diverse TV Director program bolster domestic talent by having them shadow industry professionals at the top of their game,” said Barb Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment.

“This immersive and hands-on opportunity provides valuable insight and experience to emerging and next-generation directors who are focused on a career in directing scripted television series.”

Previously the students attended training boot camp in Toronto and took in sessions from industry pros including Tim Southam, Dawn Wilkinson, Larysa Kondracki, Jerry Cicoritti and Clement Virgo.

The program is designed for participants with directing experience who are interested in making the leap to directing scripted television series.

About Corus Diverse TV Director in association with the National Screen Institute

Corus Diverse TV Director (formerly Shaw Media Diverse TV Director) is an advanced two-phase diversity training course for diverse directors who are female and/or Aboriginal (male or female) and/or a visible minority (male or female) and/or a person with a disability (male or female). The program includes an intensive boot camp in Toronto in June and a four-week director job shadowing experience on the set of a series in production.

Corus Diverse TV Director is supported by Presenting Sponsor Corus Entertainment; Industry Partner DGC Ontario; and Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper Channel, Breakthrough Entertainment and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. 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 New VoicesNSI Features FirstMovie 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

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