Join WIFT Chapters Across Canada for a Moderated Discussion with Blue Ant Media, Corus, and Super Ch
Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. ADT
Location: This is a zoom webinar. Register here to receive the zoom link and password.
Sam Linton, VP, Head of Original Content, Blue Ant Media
Jackie Pardy, Chief Content Officer, Super Channel
Julie Godon, Executive Director, Speciality Channels (Séries+, Historia, Télétoon et La chaîne Disney), Corus
Presenters will address the following questions:
What is your message to producers right now? (and how do you want producers to approach you?)
What kind of content are you looking for? (Not looking for?)
Where do your gender equity and inclusivity commitments fit within the current landscape?
The presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A.
Moderator: Karen Bruce, Executive Director, WIFT-Toronto
French translator and co-moderator: Brigitte Monneau, Executive Director, FCTMN - Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques.
Host: Ava Karvonen, Chair, WIFT, Alberta
The event is organized by WIFT Canada, a coalition of the WIFT chapters in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta and Atlantic as well as Women in View.
As Head of Original Content, Canadian Media for Blue Ant Media, Sam brings over 30 years of production expertise to the media company’s specialty television channels including Cottage Life, T+E, Makeful, Smithsonian Canada and BBC Earth Canada. In her role, Sam oversees commissioning and production of original series such as Blown Away, Hotel Paranormal, Life Below Zero Canada, Hope For Wildlife and Landscape Artist of the Year Canada. Sam has written, produced and directed many series and one-offs. Her former roles include Director of Programming for Discovery Canada and Animal Planet, in addition to SVP of Factual for Cineflix Productions where she executive produced series such as May Day, Final 24, Mega Moves and Urban Legends. Sam also held leadership roles at History Television as Acting Head of Factual Content and RTR Media as VP and Executive Producer for RTR Media.
Jackie joined Super Channel in April, 2019. Previously she has worked at Women in Film & Television–Toronto as Director of Development, responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships. As well she has held the position of Director, Network Content, Specialty and Pay TV at Corus Entertainment. Jackie is based in Toronto where she lives with her husband and family.
Stay tuned for Julie Godon's bio.
With a wealth of experience that has taken her across Europe for ten years, Julie Godon has been working in the Quebec media industry for fifteen years. Her leadership was noticed within the Astral and Bell Media companies, notably as Director of digital content. She joined the Corus team in 2015, where she oversaw several departments including digital, marketing and creative services. She was promoted in her current role in 2018 and, since then, she has launched the production of some twenty original productions for Séries +, Historia and Télétoon. She understands the complex challenges the industry is facing and considers encouraging Quebec’s culture and talent is part of her mission.