NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer Faculty

Allan Novak, Program Advisor


For over 25 years, Allan has been a key creative contributor to many of the top factual, documentary, comedy and reality TV series produced in Canada.

He’s an award-winning editor, director, writer and producer who has created many original TV pilots and series, developed and sold big budget formats and collaborated closely with such talents as Kids in the Hall, CODCO, Ken Finkleman and Mike Myers.

In 2008, Allan joined Temple Street Productions as VP, factual and reality, overseeing such shows as Canada’s Next Top Model and Style Her Famous.

In 2010, Allan successfully developed and got the green light on Recipe To Riches, a competitive-reality food series, now in its third season, that has been successfully formatted internationally by Fremantle.

In 2011 Allan and partner Barri Cohen created AllScreen Entertainment to create innovative entertainment across platforms, genres and borders. In 2013 they created, produced and directed the critically lauded Naked News Uncovered, a comedic documentary series for Super Channel.

Since 2005 Allan has also been independently offering intensive high-level seminars training creators and producers as well as for the Canadian Screen Training Centre and the DGC.

Sam Linton, Program Advisor

Sam has over 20 years of production experience in the television industry. She has been a writer/producer/director on many series and one-offs.

As executive in charge of independent production for Blue Ant Media, Sam brings her expertise in storytelling to the eight channels.

Previously, Sam was in charge of factual content for Cineflix Productions and Shaw Media where she executive-produced series such as May DayMega MovesUrban LegendsIce Pilots and Secret History.

As executive producer for RTR Media, Sam supervised production for BBQ Crawl and executive-produced Mother of the Bride.