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1:00PM – 3:00PM
With television creators taking greater visual and storytelling risks than ever before, the new Golden Age of Television presents filmmakers and writers with exciting opportunities to advance their craft and career. Learn about how to develop that initial idea into a television series, serialized versus episodic storytelling, and what it takes to produce and get a show on the air.
Moderator: Austin Wong, Director, Business & Legal Affairs, DHX Media
Adam Barken, Producer/Writer
Sarah Haasz, Production Executive, DHX Media
Doug Hadders, Showrunner/Writer
Nicole Mendes, Executive in Charge of Production, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Community Partner: Writers Guild of Canada
Adam Barken is currently Co-Executive Producer of Space/SyFy’s Killjoys and CBC’s X Company. He has written and produced for CTV’s Flashpoint, Global/ABC’s Rookie Blue, and CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries. Adam is represented by the Alpern Group in Los Angeles, and lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife and two children.
Doug Hadders (born and raised in Saskatchewan) entered the field of entertainment as a radio announcer. Then moved to theatre, telemarketing, back to radio, parking attendant, bouncer, carpenter, government web designer, actor, radio announcer again, then finally moved to Toronto to pursue acting, and became a writer.
With his writing partner, Adam Rotstein, Doug has moved from writer to executive story editor to show runner on such shows as Inspector Gadget, Sidekick and Almost Naked Animals. Currently Doug is the co-executive producer and show runner of the upcoming as yet unaired but guaranteed to be a mega hit animated series, Bagel and Becky for Radical Sheep and Teletoon. Doug has worked on so many shows he is considered by many to be a pioneer in the world of Canadian animated comedy, not because he was the first in the field, but because he looks surprisingly comfortable in a raccoon hat.
Sarah Haasz is a Production Executive for Family Channel, CHRGD and Family Jr., and oversees the creative aspects of development and production for all networks, including series and movies such as The Next Step, Lost & Found Music Studios, Backstage, Gaming Show, Playdate and Justin Time. Sarah was also Creative Producer for The Next Step Live On Stage Tour 2015. With 20 years of experience in television production, Sarah is credited for her work on over 2,000 hours of children’s programming in a variety of genres. Her previous roles include Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Children’s and Youth Department, Director of Development for Bardel Entertainment and Production Executive for YTV, TreehouseTV and Discovery Kids Canada. Sarah is also an instructor at Centennial College in Toronto for the Children’s Entertainment Post Graduate Program.
Nicole Mendes has spent the past six years working in Commissioned and Scripted Programming at the CBC. As Executive in Charge of Production for the Drama Department, she oversees projects in both production and development for dramatic one-hour series, limited series, miniseries, movies of the week and specials. She currently works on the beloved program, ‘Murdoch Mysteries,'(Shaftesbury Films) as it heads into its ninth season, and most recently worked on the hit series, ‘The Book of Negroes’ (Conquering Lion Pictures). In addition to this, she is also working on ‘The Curse of Clara,’ a half-hour animated holiday special, as well as ‘Unclaimed,’ a television movie about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside during the lead up and arrest of Robert Pickton, (based on Stevie Cameron’s 2010 national bestselling book, ‘On The Farm’) both for the upcoming 2015-2016 broadcast season.
Austin Wong is an entertainment lawyer and filmmaker. He has worked in the Canadian television and film industry for 16 years and is Director, Business & Legal Affairs at DHX Media Ltd. He previously worked at such companies as Rhombus Media, Lionsgate, and Corus, and was a producer of Bruce McDonald’s feature film “This Movie is Broken” and also was Associate Producer for the features “Blindness” by Fernando Mereilles and “Passchendaele” by Paul Gross. He also wrote and directed the short film “Gaysian” which premiered at the Reel Asian film festival.