The IPF Presents The How's, Why's and What's of Web Series
Lisa Baylin As VP, Content & Production at iThentic, Lisa Baylin has developed multiple digital assets ranging from mobile games to video platforms, and has produced various digital series including Space Riders, Today on Earth, Dirt on Green and the Emmy Award winning transmedia digital series Guidestones (SI & SII). Previously, she was the Program Manager at three private funds supporting the Canadian digital, television and film industries: the Bell Fund, the Independent Production Fund, and the COGECO Fund. Over the course of her career she produced several independent shorts films, including Bagged, also her directing debut, which can be seen on CBC, Movieola and Air Canada. Recently, Lisa has been actively involved in digital industry issues and participated in CMPA negotiations with several Canadian unions. She also trains emerging producers through her workshop series Project 360.
Dan Beirne is an award-winning actor and writer living in Toronto. Co-creator of multiple web series Space Riders: Division Earth, The Bitter End, and Dad Drives (Canadian Comedy Award 2013 for Best Writing in TV or Web), he has received much acclaim for his work in subtle, understated comedy.
Jeremy Larter was born and raised in West Covehead, Prince Edward Island, and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating from the Advanced Television and Film Program at Sheridan College in 2005, Jeremy created four successful web series: Profile PEI, Ponderings, Leafs Beefs and most recently the critically-acclaimed, full-length comedy series Just Passing Through. John Doyle, television critic for the Globe and Mail, listed Just Passing Through #6 on his Top 10 Canadian shows of 2013. Doyle also named Jeremy and co-creators Geoff Read and Jason Larter runner-up for TV Artists of the Year’ behind Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad. Ponderings was shortlisted for Best Original Web Series at the 2010 Vimeo Awards. In 2011 Jeremy wrote and directed the CBC Atlantic 321 award-winning short film My Life Starts Tomorrow. In 2012 he produced the feature-length sports documentary Exhibition Drive, and in 2013 he co-directed and co-produced the documentary The Crow Agenda.
Chris Agoston A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Chris has produced a number of short films and low-budget features. His work has been screened at film festivals across Canada, the United States, and abroad. His latest feature film Cast No Shadow was shot in 2013 with the support of Telefilm Canada, The NLFDC, and NBCUniversal. The film will be released theatrically and broadcast on the Superchannel in 2015, and just won its first set of awards at the Atlantic Film Festival after its world premiere. Chris is also Producing and Directing the The Plateaus, a comedic webseries funded by the Independent Production Fund, which will star Dave Foley, Jessica Pare, and Sam Roberts along many other notable actors and musicians. Chris completed a residency in the Producer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, and participated at the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus , an esteemed professional development program running concurrently with the Berlinale International Film Festival.