Jessica Gibson appointed manager of programs and development

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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.

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Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUSTelefilm Canada; Patron: CBC; Builders: APTNBell Media; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & MusicRBC Emerging Artists Projectdocumentary ChannelCBC GemCentre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)Canada Media Fund (CMF)The Winnipeg Foundation, Super Channel; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: StantecWilliam F. White InternationalCompany 3.