Above from left: Alexandra Caulfield, Gemma Holdway, Rob Ramsay, Jon Mann
As Banff World Media Festival kicks off this week, we’ve sent our NSI Totally Television students to take in the fest, including face time with production companies, agents and networks and the opportunity to attend panels and gain valuable market intel.
Program manager Joy Loewen and program advisor Julie Di Cresce prep the participants for their meetings with industry, ensuring their time at Banff is spent productively. Joy and Julie also attend sessions to stay updated on industry progress and promote the new NSI Totally Television call for applications to any available passers-by. 🙂
NSI Totally Television provides hands-on series development training for producer/writer teams serious about getting their series concept made. Attendance at Banff is a chance for teams to pitch the series concepts they’ve developed through the program to potential broadcasters and networks.
Watch for our fabulous students and faculty while you’re there.
Producer Alexandra Caulfield (left) and writer Gemma Holdway
DeGeneration: Five years after a suspected kidnapping, the troubled daughter of a Seattle tech giant returns home, only now she has a prosthetic arm. While eager to reconcile with her family, she exhibits strange behaviour, raising suspicion that she may have a dangerous agenda.
Producer Rob Ramsay (left) and writer Jon Mann
Wolfville: When a large shipment of drugs appear in the Wolfville harbour, two best friends – a drug dealer and a cop – are forced to investigate, deceive, and betray each other.
About Julie Di Cresce, Program Advisor
Julie Di Cresce has worked in broadcast programming and production for over 10 years. She is passionate about storytelling and has cultivated strong creative and market instincts, shepherding countless feature films, documentaries and series through development and into production.
She previously held the post of director of original programming for HBO Canada where she managed a robust slate of series in development and was acting production executive on all series greenlit into production including Call Me Fitz, Pillars of the Earth, Rogue and Less Than Kind (developed through NSI Totally Television).
She was the program advisor for the 2014 NSI Features First film program and the program manager for the inaugural Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab, a program designed to give mid-level producers the tools to work effectively with broadcast partners.
She currently teaches screenwriting at the Humber College School of Media Studies.
About Joy Loewen, Program Manager
Joy is a passionate supporter of the production, promotion and exhibition of Canadian art and artists.
Having previously worked as a broadcast and festival programmer at WTN (Women’s Television Network), CBC and the Gimli Film Festival; program manager at NSI and On Screen Manitoba; and executive director at Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre for Young People, Joy’s specialty lies in mentoring, showcasing and promoting a diverse range of media projects and the artists who create them.
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Call for applications to NSI Totally Television / apply by August 13
We’re currently accepting applications to this program. Up to four teams will have the opportunity to develop their television projects with the best showrunners and story editors in the country. New this year: adaptations from existing IP are being accepted and phase two teams attend Scripted in LA.
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The NSI Totally Television training program has produced 13 series that have gone into development: six have gone to air, one was piloted and another was produced as a feature film which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; and Territorial Sponsor Yukon Media Development. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.