NSI Totally Television Faculty

Presented in association with Bell Media

Julie Di Cresce, Program Advisor


Julie Di Cresce has worked in broadcasting and production for over a decade as a broadcast executive and producer. She is passionate about storytelling and talent development and has cultivated strong creative and market instincts.

Julie got her start working on the suite of Corus Kids channels before moving over to the Documentary Channel. From there she became director of original programming for Canada’s two pay services consecutively, starting with HBO Canada/Movie Central followed by Super Channel. During that time she managed a robust slate of series, features and documentaries in development and was production executive on all series greenlit into production, including titles such as Slasher (Netflix), Versailles (Canal +), Rogue (DirecTV) and Pillars of the Earth (Starz).

Julie has been active as a consultant for a variety of Canadian production companies since 2014, including Skybound Galactic/WindSunSky, Sienna Films, Banger Films and Chelser/Perlmutter. At First Generation Films she spearheaded their push into television, setting up numerous series in development including Jeff Lemire’s seminal graphic novel Essex County and Kate Beaton’s award-winning children’s book Princess and the Pony, currently in production with CBC/Dreamworks.

She holds an MPhil from the University of Kent at Canterbury, an MA in film from York University and a cinema specialist from the University of Toronto.

Liz Janzen, Program Manager


Liz returns to NSI as program manager of NSI Totally Television.

Previously she was NSI’s director of programming, development manager for CTV, programmer at Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting, manager of acquisitions at WTN (now W Network) and programming coordinator for the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival.

Liz is also a screenwriter. She has a MA in English with a concentration in film from the University of Manitoba and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Saskatchewan.

Liz considers coffee a vital food group, is passionate about her dogs and loves to garden.

2020 associate faculty

* Indicates NSI alumni

Story editors/advisors

Alison Lea Bingeman
Susan Coyne
Ken Cuperus
Michael Mabbott
Bill Robertson

Pitching consultant

Carole Kirschner

Budget consultant

Rhonda Baker, producer

Producers and industry resources

Todd Berger, Bandidos Yanquis Productions
Amy Cameron, Cameron Pictures Inc.
Susan Cavan, Accent Entertainment
Sandra Cunningham, Strada Films
Caroline Habib, New Metric Media
Melanie Hadley*, WarnerMedia
Christina Jennings, Shaftesbury Films
Floyd Kane*, showrunner
Joseph Kay*, Sphere Media
Lindsay Macadam, Great Pacific Television
Kathleen Meek, Corus Entertainment
Carrie Mudd, Peacock Alley Entertainment
Steph Ouaknine*, Smokebomb Entertainment Inc.
Mickey Rogers, Mickey Rogers Media
Kevin White, writer/executive producer
Tara Woodbury, Sphere Media


Blue Ant Media
Crave TV
Corus Entertainment
Channel Zero


Leslie Conliffe, talent agent, Intellectual Property Group
Rekha Shah, VP, client relations, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group
Brook Peters, VP, programming sales, Fox Television


Melissa Amer, Canada Media Fund
Rod Butler, Canada Media Fund
Suzanne Lacey, Bell Fund
Michael Steinberg, National Bank

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NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; and Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Corus Entertainment and CBC Gem. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council