NSI Features First Faculty

Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Telefilm Canada

Al Magee, Program Advisor


Al Magee is a producer, showrunner, writer and mentor with over 30 years experience in all genres.

With over 50 feature film credits, Al grew up as a writer and story editor on independent Canadian feature film breakouts like Roadkill and Highway 61, Rude and Cube.

He has worked with many of Canada’s most influential filmmakers including Bruce McDonald, Clement Virgo, Deepa Mehta, Vincenzo Natali and Jeremy Podeswa.

As a television producer, creative consultant and showrunner he has over 2,000 episodes of scripted, unscripted and documentary content on series like Trailer Park Boys, Slings and Arrows, Designer Guys, Income Property, Kink and Interrupt This Program. He has won a Canadian Screen Award and been nominated for an Emmy.

Digital productions include the comedy cult hit The Whole Truths, the Webby-winning narrative Andy and the Upside, and the award winning I Kill Monsters and Night Chef.

Honoured numerous times for mentoring emerging talent, he has designed and delivered hundreds of writing and production workshops. He won the Alex Barris Mentorship Award from the Writers Guild of Canada, and the Banff World Media Festival’s Innovative Producer of the Year Award. He is very proud of his 4.74 passenger rating on Uber.

Associate faculty


Tom Alexander, Mongrel Media
Omar Chalabi, Elevation Pictures
Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner Entertainment
Michael Kennedy, Cineplex
Christina Kubacki, Entertainment One
David Miller, Agency 71
Michael Paszt, Raven Banner Entertainment
Brad Pelman, The Fremantle Corporation
Justin Rebelo, Entertainment One
Yael Strasberg, Entertainment One


Ellen Baine, Hollywood Suite
Melissa Kajpust, Super Channel
Gosia Kamela, Bell Media
Kathleen Meek, Bell Media

Story editor mentors

Melissa Kajpust
Corey Mandell
Linda Seger

Executive producer mentors & producer resources

David Barlow
Anelle Dehghani
Paula Devonshire
Avi Federgreen
Sean Garrity
Moira Holmes
Leah Jaunzems
Jeremy LaLonde
David Miller
Darren Portelli
Jenn Shin
Jordan Walker


Kathy Weinkauf

Financial and funding agencies

Alan Bacchus, Harold Greenberg Fund
Chris Dunn, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
John Galway, Harold Greenberg Fund
Moira Holmes, Film Finances
Diane Konecny, Front Row Insurance
Catherine Kunz, National Bank
Tanya Lahiri, RBC
Dan Lyon, Telefilm Canada
Gabi Mandowsky, Aver Media Finance (BMO)

Casting agent

Stephanie Gorin, Stephanie Gorin Casting

Other industry resources

Gigi Morin, Duncan-Morin
Anne Marie Murphy, Eastern Script


Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Artists

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NSI Features First is funded by Presenting Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; Provincial Sponsor Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; and Industry Supporters William F. White and Deluxe. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.