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Austin Wong is an entertainment lawyer, producer, writer and director. He has worked at such companies as Lions Gate Films, Rhombus Media and DHX, and is currently Director, Legal Counsel, for Corus Entertainment, which is a Canadian multi-media powerhouse, including radio, broadcasting, and a production studio, and owns channels such as Global, Treehouse, HGTV and Food, and produces shows as Thomas and Friends, Entertainment Tonight, and Island of Bryan. He was a producer of Bruce McDonald’s feature film This Movie is Broken and was Associate Producer for such feature films as Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, starring Julianne Moore, and Paul Gross’s Passchendaele. He also wrote and directed a short film funded by BravoFact called Gaysian.
Jennifer Shin is the Director of Development, Comedy, on the CBC’s Scripted Content team. Previously, she was Head of Content for Toronto production company Banger Films. Projects she has produced include the feature film Mouthpiece, based on the Dora Award-winning stage production and directed by Patricia Rozema, and Rebecca Addelman’s debut feature, Paper Year. Previously, she worked at First Generation Films’ as VP of Feature Film, where she oversaw the development and production slate of their projects, through all phases of development, production and post-production. She is very active in the film community supporting emerging filmmakers through programs like the Canadian Film Centre, TIFF Studio, and NSI’s Features First.
Eric Ho is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Chartered Investment Manager with a career in Financial Services. As a Director in Scotiabank’s Global Wealth Management Audit Department, he leads a team in assessing various risks and controls across the Wealth business units. Prior to Scotiabank, he worked at various financial institutions including Barclays Global Investors and Macquarie Private Wealth and achieved his CA designation at Ernst and Young. In September 2020, Eric joined the Reel Asian board in the capacity of treasurer.
Nara Moon is an Underwriting Counsel in the Legal Department at Liberty Mutual Canada, a division of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She provides legal review and assistance in product development as well as regulatory and compliance support, reporting to the Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Before joining Liberty, Nara worked as an associate lawyer at a litigation boutique in downtown Toronto. Nara has also served on Reel Asian’s Programming Committee since 2015.
Kristle Bautista is an award-winning author, course director at York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and HR advisory within the Canadian Aerospace industry. Kristle’s published book, The Pivotal Moment, was celebrated as a #1 new release and bestseller within weeks of release in both Canada and the US, and is in the process of becoming a feature film. Her global HR advisory, mentorship and training experience spans across the aerospace, business consulting, not-for-profit, and food and consumer packaged goods industries over nearly 20 years. She has successfully delved into different industries, fascinated with what makes employees tick, and the common thread between HR professionals — the thing that makes us all human.
Yung Chang is a multi-award-winning filmmaker known for the critically acclaimed Up the Yangtze and more recently, This Is Not a Movie. Reel Asian has been a lifelong supporter of his career and he is honoured to be on the Board of Directors. Chang is a member of the DGC, WGC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Find out more here.
With a focus on films with international appeal, Sidney Chiu’s credits include Love Jacked, a Canada South African romantic comedy coproduction starring Amber West and Keith David; Coconut Hero, a Canada German coproduction with Six Island Productions and UFA Fiction; Bang Bang Baby starring Jane Levy, and Peter Stormare for Scythia Films. Sidney was also the PM on a Mandarin romantic comedy Finding Mr Right, which grossed over 80 Million USD; and Three Days In Havana, starring Gil Bellows directed by Tony Pantages and Gil Bellows, shot in Havana Cuba with E1 distributing in Canada. Sidney’s first produced feature entitled A Night For Dying Tigers written / directed by Terry Miles premiered at TIFF in 2012.
Sidney has also served on Reel Asian’s 2015 Features Jury, 2014 Canadian and Shorts Jury, and participated on Industry panels sharing his expertise on co-productions and pitching.
In his 36-year career, Michael Fukushima has been an animator, a filmmaker, a producer, and more recently, executive producer of the NFB’s English Animation Studio. He’s a member of the AMPAS® Academy, with over 200 films (and some nice awards) under his belt. His last films, by Oscar®-winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and Torill Kove, were each Academy Award® nominees. His final NFB film is Joanna Quinn’s AFFAIRS OF THE ART. Freshly retired from the NFB, Fukushima is enjoying the freedom to ski all winter and cycle the rest of the time, cherry-picking the film work that most interests him. As a longtime member of Reel Asian’s advisory committee, Michael has already contributed to the organization as a years-long jury member for our Pitch! competition, a contributor to our AnimAsian award, and general all-around supporter.
Agnes Lan is the director of business development at Change Connect and recently joined the Reel Asian board in 2019. Described as influential and inspirational by her clients and peers, Agnes Lan helps organizations grow through change.
With degrees from the University of Toronto, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Harvard Business School, her passion for learning contributes to numerous professional designations as a Professional Engineer, Lean Black Belt Professional and ADKAR Change Management Practitioner.
Agnes has also been recognized as Community Builder 2018, by Professional Services Firm. Her work is recognized by Employer Excellence 2018 from the Markham Board of Trade and most recent, Talent Magnet of the Year 2019 from the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
Aron Levitz is President of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, where he leads a visionary team of global entertainment and publishing experts to create data-backed, fan-driven hit TV shows, films, and books from WEBTOON and Wattpad. Levitz pioneered Wattpad’s adaptation business, launching Wattpad Studios in 2016 and serving as the company’s global studio head until the creation of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. In just a few short years, Levitz grew Wattpad Studios from a concept to global leader in creating can’t-miss entertainment.
Prior to his role as Head of Wattpad Studios, Levitz was Head of Business Development at Wattpad, building the company’s monetization strategy and native advertising solution. He was also instrumental in launching the Wattpad Stars program that gives top influencers access to a variety of opportunities.
As Vice President of Media for Universal Films Canada, Tamara Shannon is responsible for all of the advertising and promotional initiatives for the studio’s theatrical slate. Recent releases include Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey, Furious 7 and Minions. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Tamara Shannon was Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at Entertainment One, where she led the strategic marketing initiatives for a diverse group of studio and independent film products including The Twilight Saga, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Gnomeo and Juliet.
Sydney Wong is a Business Development Strategist at Corus Entertainment with the digital team. Her focus is on the Global News website and video licensing partnerships.
Her background in media and project management, has propelled her to work in television programming, producing live-action and animated shows, and short film distribution. Sydney has served on juries and panels at the Toronto Youth Shorts and Hamilton Film Festival. She is passionate about sharing the Asian experience through various forms of media in order to drive significant change in our community.
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