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 - 
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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. 
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"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 
"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 
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 
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 
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Jacqui VanSickle, CTV Networks, 416.384.5091 Jim Quan, CTV Networks, 416.384.5311 
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