Bell Media Announces Recipients of Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab Production Apprenticeships

 Bell Media Announces Recipients of Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab  Production Apprenticeships  - Lauren Grant, Shaun Johnson, and Jennifer Pun awarded apprenticeships with  leading Canadian production companies Temple Street Productions, marblemedia,  and Shaftesbury -  To tweet this release: http://bit.ly/1xIBowo  BANFF, AB, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Bell Media announced today from the Banff  World Media Festival (BANFF) the recipients of the inaugural Bell Media  Producer Accelerator Lab Production Apprenticeships. Lauren Grant, Shaun  Johnson, and Jennifer Pun have been selected for six to eight-month  apprenticeships with three of Canada's top production companies following an  intense, six-week Broadcaster Internship at Bell Media. Beginning later this  month, Lauren joins Temple Street Productions while Shaun joins marblemedia,  and in November, Jennifer begins her placement with Shaftesbury. During their  apprenticeships, each participant will be exposed to the Executive Producer's  roles and responsibilities, while honing their production skills. Both Lauren  and Shaun are currently attending BANFF as part of the Bell Media Producer  Accelerator Lab program.  **Media Note** - Download photography for the inaugural Bell Media Producer  Accelerator Lab at BellMediaPR.ca.  "Congratulations to the recipients of the first-ever Bell Media Producer  Accelerator Lab Production Apprenticeship," said Kevin Crull, President, Bell  Media. "We're so proud to help support and nurture these promising Canadian  producers and can't wait to see how their creative talents continue to  blossom."  "For the deserving recipients of the Production Apprenticeship, this is a  unique opportunity to expand their skillsets with three of the most-respected  production companies in the business," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President,  Independent Production. "A heart-felt thank you goes out to Temple Street  Productions, marblemedia, and Shaftesbury for their participation in the  Apprenticeship Program and this investment in the future of Canadian  programming."  The first-ever recipients of the Bell Media Producer Accelerator Lab  Production Apprenticeship are:  Jennifer Pun (Toronto) @JennPun Jennifer Pun has produced over 45 hours of live action television. Her  producer credits include the award-winning tween live-action comedy series HOW  TO BE INDIE (YTV) and the action-adventure series CONNOR UNDERCOVER (Family  Channel).  She is also Co-Producer on the recently completed feature film Fall  (written and directed by Terrance Odette and starring Michael Murphy). In  addition, Jennifer serves as Business Consultant to various production  companies, and is in development on several television projects through her  production company Courier Ink. Prior to this, Jennifer held management  positions at Heroic Film Company and Capri Films. She holds an HBA and MBA  from the Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO.  Lauren Grant (Toronto) @laurenmgrant The principal of Clique Pictures, Lauren Grant established her company in 2006  to focus on developing fiction and documentary productions with a focus on  working with female creative talent both in front and behind the camera.  Clique Pictures is currently in post-production on the feature film Wet Bum  starring Julia Sarah Stone and recently completed the documentary Traceable.  Lauren's previous productions include the feature film Picture Day starring  Tatiana Maslany and the award-winning short films Frost and Savage.  Shaun Johnson (Toronto) Shaun Johnson's career in the film and television industry spans more than a  decade, and includes credits in the drama, documentary, lifestyle, feature,  live comedy, and interactive new media genres. Most recently, Shaun was Head  of Production for Toronto's Aircraft Pictures, where he worked on Wingman (X  Box) and The Breadwinner (animated feature), as well as a number of other  projects in funded development. Previously, Shaun was a producer at Frantic  Films in Winnipeg, where he was involved with several successful television  series including TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (Space), GUINEA PIG (Discovery  Channel Canada), and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival (CBC).  With eight participants from across the country, the Bell Media Producer  Accelerator Lab program began last March with the Broadcaster Internship, a  six-week, group-based curriculum where producers met with senior  representatives from internal departments at Bell Media, learning about the  business models and economics of Canadian broadcasting. They also a  participated in various panel discussions and case studies with some of our  valued production partners, and received in-depth coaching sessions as part of  the program. At the conclusion of the Broadcaster Internship, participants  were tasked with presenting their own case studies outlining the life of their  own production from pitch to post-production based on learnings from the  Internship. The presentations were judged by the Bell Media Selection  Committee and the top three participants were awarded the coveted Production  Apprenticeships.  About the Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative The $1.8 million Bell Media TV Skills Development Initiative is a suite of  national training programs, exclusively funded by Bell Media, which ensure a  comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and  showrunners in the Canadian television industry at different stages of their  careers. The Initiative supports the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program  (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse  backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell  Media National Fellowship Program (Banff World Media Festival), which  encourages professional development in the television industry by enabling  emerging producers, writers, and directors to attend the festival and take  part in mentorship activities; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian  Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media  Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast  and production experience for mid-level producers; the Bell Media Showrunner  Bootcamp (Canadian Film Centre), which develops showrunner knowledge and  management for TV writers; the Media Leadership Program (Women in Film and  Television - Toronto), a biennial program designed for mid to senior-level  women and men who want leading-edge academic knowledge and contemporary  business and leadership skills required in the Canadian screen-based industry;  and the Business Management for Media Professionals Program (Women in Film and  Television - Toronto), a certificate program essential for emerging media  professionals who want to understand the business of film, television, and  interactive production.  About Bell Media Independent Production Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed  original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in  the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE  LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the record-breaking,  Canadian-produced complementary version of the hit international series. New  to CTV in 2014 are hit international format MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam  office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the most-watched new comedies of the season.  Among the scripted series on Bell Media pay and specialty channels are the  two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN  BLACK, the most-watched original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo's  most-watched new drama 19-2, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas  SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS. Bell Media specialty channels are also home to  hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others.  In 2013, Bell Media ordered 27 original Canadian series and currently has 84  projects in various stages of development.  About Bell Media With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates  content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire  audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's  premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio,  out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local  television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty  channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in  English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and  Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service  Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster,  with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns  Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home  advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in  Québec, Ontario and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200  websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming  services, including CTV GO, TMN GO and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions  Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc.  (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell  Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.    SOURCE  Bell Media  Jacqui VanSickle, CTV Networks, 416.384.5091  orJacqueline.vansickle@bellmedia.ca Jim Quan, CTV Networks, 416.384.5311  orjim.quan@bellmedia.ca  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2014/11/c9503.html  CO: Bell Media ST: Alberta NI: ENT TVNEWS ENT  
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