Designed for creators and producers building online and new media platforms, this panel gives light to the unique marketing, funding, and audience reach strategies needed in today’s global market for those producing in the digital media environment.
This panel will feature Lora Campbell (Supes Legit Productions), Mélanie Lê Phan (CBC) and Nina Sudra (VICE).
Lora Campbell (pronouns: they/them) is a gender non-binary Canadian Screen Award nominated content creator from Newfoundland, Canada who has been creating award winning projects for over a decade. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers Lab, their production company Waterford Valley Pictures focuses on exploring stories from underrepresented voices in a multitude of formats including television, documentary, digital and narrative features. Campbell focuses on making sure there is a diversity of voices from script to screen and is currently the program facilitator for New Visions- a film training program for youth and elder members of the LGBTQ+ community. After a year of producing and directing The Beaverton Digital they formed comedy based production company, Supes Legit Productions with longtime collaborator Kristy LaPointe, to create numerous digital series including #interns, Yoga 101 and most recently Soul Decision Comedy for CBC Digital. In 2018 their digital series Swings was short listed for the Independent Production Fund and their first feature film 40 Acres was awarded the Telefilm Talent to Watch grant and will go to camera in Spring 2019.
Mélanie Lê Phan
Mélanie Lê Phan has worked for CBC Television in both Scripted and Unscripted programming since 2013. She is currently an Executive in Charge of Production for Scripted Digital Originals for CBC, overseeing production and development of mid-length series for CBC Gem and of social video series for the CBC Comedy feed. She has recently worked on the most recent seasons of The Amazing Gayl Pile, How to Buy A Baby and My 90-Year-Old Roommate in addition to other digital scripted series. Mélanie has also worked on digital unscripted content, including the doc series Farm Crime and The Artists as well as several CBC Docs: Shorts one-offs. She has previously held the position of Development Manager for Factual programming and CBC Docs (Firsthand, The Nature of Things). Prior to joining the CBC, Mélanie worked for the CMPA - BC Producer’s Branch and held various roles in independent production. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Images Festival in Toronto.
With a background in the independent music scene in Montreal, Nina Sudra first joined VICE in 2005 and established the presence for VICE music in Canada. After stints at ALDO Shoes and AskMen.com, Nina rejoined VICE Canada as the head of business development, where she was responsible for building the VICE brand and content opportunities. As VICE Canada's General Manager, Nina spearheaded the launch of VICE Quebec, Virtue Canada and is responsible for VICE's digital business. She also assumes a range of roles including leading business development, strategy, and executive producer.
Karen Bruce, Director, Membership & Fan Engagement
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Karen has been with the Academy since November 2012. As part of her role she is responsible for developing the public and industry profile of the national screen media association to attract and engage new audiences. Along with monthly industry events, she also oversees Members Lounge, a 4-day conference with panels and professional development during Canadian Screen Week and the fan favourite, Family Fan Day providing free access to their favourite stars. In an effort to assist with finding gender parity, the Academy introduced the Woman Apprenticeship Program now in its second year also under Karen’s profile.
With over 20 years in the industry including her position as Director of Canadian Initiatives at TIFF, Karen continues to work with numerous organizations including Cinéfest Sudbury, Whistler Film Festival, the CMPA and the Toronto Film Critic Awards.