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CFC's 2013 Second Annual Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp Heads to Los Angeles


CFC's 2013 Second Annual Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp Heads to Los Angeles

- Over 40 TV creators, showrunners, executives and producers lend their time and expertise in support of Bootcamp Participants -

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TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The CFC (Canadian Film Centre) and Bell Media are pleased to announce participants, esteemed mentors, and guests of the 2013 Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp. This advanced professional initiative is designed to equip three experienced TV writers with the knowledge, access, and executive skills necessary to establish themselves as showrunners. The annual bootcamp offers participants intimate and practical insight from top professionals in both Canada and in the United States.

"We are very happy with the success of the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp last year and really pleased to see the launch of this year's program," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. "One of last year's participants, Daegan Fryklind, is now working as one of the showrunners on a new series for Bell Media's SPACE, which is a testament to the program and the service that it provides the production community."

The Bootcamp began in Toronto last month and continues through mid-March delivering key meetings with top TV creators and business professionals throughout, including a week in Los AngelesFeb. 18 - 22.

The 2013 Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp participants are:


    --  Jeremy Boxen, a Toronto-based screenwriter/producer who has
        racked up credits on a wide variety of television series
        including CRA$H & BURN (Gemini for Best Writing in a Dramatic
        Series), ENDGAME, and the hit urban-fantasy, LOST GIRL - for
        which he served as Co-Executive Producer on Season 2.
        Currently, Boxen is developing WELCOME TO THE VALLEY, a
        half-hour comedy for about an expat Canadian with mental health
        issues trying to make it big in Silicon Valley. On the feature
        film side, his dark comedy Cottage Country (starring Tyler
        Labine, Malin Akerman, and Lucy Punch; directed by Peter
        Wellington) is slated for release in 2013. Boxen is an alumnus
        of the 2002 Professional Screenwriting Program Bootcamp.
    --  Jenn Engels, an award-winning writer and producer, currently
        writing the new animated comedy series Mother Up! starring Eva
        Longoria. With a background in stand-up comedy and acting,
        Engels has contributed to many of Canada's top comedies, most
        notably all four seasons of the critically-acclaimed Less Than
        Kind, as well as Seed, InSecurity, Dan For Mayor, and 18 to
        Life. Her current projects in development include the
        apocalypse comedy-drama The End of the World as We Know It, and
        the hybrid medical drama The Midwife, both with Frantic Films.
        Engels is an alumna of the 2005 CFC Prime Time Television
        Program.
    --  Joseph Kay, a writer/producer of series television, most
        recently on the hit drama BOMB GIRLS. Previously, he was a
        co-creator and writer on the Gemini Award-winning comedy series
        LIVING IN YOUR CAR. Other credits include the cop drama THE
        LINE and the Gemini Award-winning legal drama THIS IS
        WONDERLAND. Before becoming a screenwriter, Kay worked as a
        transactional lawyer at the Bay Street law firm of Davies,
        Ward, Phillips & Vineberg, one of Canada's foremost securities
        law firms. Kay is an alumnus of the 2003 CFC Prime Time
        Television Program.

Over 40 TV creators, showrunners, executives and producers will lend their 
time and expertise in support of this year's bootcamp participants. This 
year's mentors/guests include:

•     Steve Blackman (Executive Producer, PRIVATE PRACTICE)
•     Morwyn Brebner (Executive Producer, SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE)
•     Tassie Cameron (Executive Producer, ROOKIE BLUE)
•     Robert Cooper (Executive Producer, SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE)
•     Sheri Elwood (Executive Producer, CALL ME FITZ)
•     Niv Fichman (Producer, MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAY, SLINGS & 
ARROWS)
•     David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg (Co-president, Temple Street 
Productions)
•     Josh Friedman (Executive Producer, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR 
CHRONICLES)
•     Rachel Fulford (Vice President of Creative Affairs, Entertainment 
One)
•     David Fury (Executive Producer LOST; 24; FRINGE)
•     Scott Garvie (SVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Shaftesbury FIlms)
•     Scott Gemmill (Executive Producer, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, ER)
•     Michael Green (Executive Producer THE RIVER; Co-executive 
Producer HEROES)
•     Robin Gurney  (SVP, Original Programming at Showtime Networks)
•     Adam Haight (SVP, Scripted Content, Shaftesbury FIlms)
•     Noreen Halpern (President, Halfire Entertainment)
•     Hart Hanson (Executive Producer, THE FINDER, BONES)
•     David Hemingson (Executive Producer, DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN 
APARTMENT 23; Co-Executive Producer HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)
•     Sheila Hockin and John Weber (Executive Producers, THE BORGIAS, 
VIKINGS)
•     Christina Jennings (Chairman/CEO, Shaftesbury Films)
•     Rob Kenneally (Television Agent, Creative Artists Agency (CAA))
•     Alex Kerr (VP of Development & Current Production UCP/External)
•     Armand Leo (Vice President of Production, Entertainment One)
•     Bob Martin (Executive Producer, MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAY, 
SLINGS & ARROWS)
•     Mark McKinney (Executive Producer, LESS THAN KIND, PICNICFACE)
•     Paul Mather (Executive Producer, DAN FOR MAYOR, MEN WITH BROOMS)
•     Glen Mazzara (Executive Producer, THE WALKING DEAD)
•     Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman (Executive Producers, BOMB 
GIRLS, DURHAM COUNTY)
•     Peter Mohan (Executive Producer, THE LISTENER, LOST GIRL)
•     John Morayniss (CEO, Entertainment One Television)
•     Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (Executive Producers, 
"FLASHPOINT")
•     Kevin Murphy (Executive Producer DEFIANCE; Co-executive Producer 
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES)
•     Stephen Nathan (Executive Producer, BONES, JOAN OF ARCADIA)
•     Ellen Rand (Director of Development & Current Programming UCP/USA)
•     Mel Rauch (Director of Business Development UCP)
•     Richard Rothstein (SVP of Development & Current Programming 
UCP/USA)
•     Rob Sheridan (Executive Producer, MAD LOVE, LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE 
PRAIRIE)
•     David Shore (Executive Producer, HOUSE)
•     Kurt Sutter (Executive Producer, SONS OF ANARCHY)
•     Quinn Taylor (SVP, Movies, Miniseries and Acquisitions, ABC 
Entertainment Group)
•     Karyn Usher  (Executive Producer, PRISON BREAK, DELIRIUM)
•     Dahvi Waller (Writer/Producer, MAD MEN)
•     John Young (Managing Director, Temple Street Productions)

Last year's inaugural Showrunner Bootcamp participants were: Daegan Fryklind, 
currently in pre-production on the new original scripted drama series BITTEN 
for Bell Media's SPACE, and a Co-Executive Producer on CTV's new original 
series MOTIVE; Dennis Heaton, Executive Producer on CTV's MOTIVE, picked up by 
ABC for broadcast; and Shelley Eriksen, Co-Executive Producer on CONTINUUM.

To learn more about the program, visit: cfccreates.com/showrunner

About CFC
Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in 
film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A charitable 
organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse 
talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, 
industry collaborations and creative partnerships for top creative content 
leaders. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada 
by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices to the world.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada's most-watched and 
most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian 
independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success 
stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer 
FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED 
(working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a 
Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series, and 
a pilot for the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell Media 
specialty channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, 
mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN 
BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series 
in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About Bell Media
Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in 
television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to 
excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media 
owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, 
and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1 
specialty channel, and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel. 
Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the 
TheLoop.ca by Sympatico, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE 
Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on 
Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact: Brian Mullen Communications Specialist, 
CFC bmullen@cfccreates.com 416-445-1446 ext. 463

For information on Bell Media, please contact: Emily Young Lee Director, 
Communications, Bell Media emily.younglee@bellmedia.com 416.384.3004

SOURCE: Bell Media

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