The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Gibson to the position of manager of programs and development effective immediately.
In her role, Jessica will manage the TELUS STORYHIVE Podcast Edition working with content creators in Alberta and BC, in addition to several other new NSI programming initiatives focused on diverse creators. Her position replaces Elise Swerhone, current manager of programs and development, who is now working part-time at NSI.
“With 13 years of hands-on producing and production management experience, Jessica brings a fresh, creative energy to the National Screen Institute team,” said Joy Loewen, NSI CEO. “We welcome her passion for storytelling, and genuine commitment to developing greater opportunities for creators from diverse backgrounds whose voices need to be heard.”
“Throughout my time working at various production companies in Winnipeg I’ve had the pleasure of working with students and alumni of the National Screen Institute and have seen the valuable training NSI provides,” said Jessica. “As the newest manager of programs and development, I am very excited to now be part of the team that brings these programs to life and help provide meaningful training to future generations of storytellers.”
Jessica comes to NSI from Winnipeg-based Media RendezVous Inc. where she was production manager looking after a portfolio of projects from development to delivery. She has previously held positions at Eagle Vision and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
Jessica has built a successful career as a film and television producer and production manager since transitioning from her role in front of the camera as an actor to behind the scenes over 10 years ago.
She has extensive experience managing televised live events, including the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and Indigenous Day Live. She was an associate producer on the award-winning We Were Children for the National Film Board and produced the short films Platypus (dir. Trevor Kristjanson) which received funding from BravoFact and Tides (dir. Rowan Grey) which received funding from Harold Greenberg Fund. In her spare time, she and her dog Pepper are a volunteer St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog team.