This panel will focus on how successful Canadian television series found a unique voice and built their audiences from the writing room as well as creative marketing and fan outreach strategies, with an emphasis on webisodes, smart expansions to second screen apps. Featuring Catherine Brainbridge (Mohawk Girls), Gosia Kamela (Orphan Black), and Heidi Brander (22 Minutes).
Heidi Brander is a stand-up comedian who has written for CBC’s “22 Minutes“, CTV’s “Spun Out” and “MTV Live.” She appeared on Video on Trial, ET Canada and MTV Live, and has performed at the Halifax Pop Explosion, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, and Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. She won a 2015 Canadian Comedy Award, and has been nominated for two Writers Guild Awards and a Canadian Screen Award. Other accolades include a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Newcomer, and a 1994 win over Ryan Gosling in an elementary school lip-sync competition.
As Production Executive Drama & Feature Film, Independent Production for Bell Media, Gosia Kamela is on the team who oversees the development and production of original drama series across Bell Media’s family of channels, including CTV, Space, Bravo, and TMN/HBO Canada. She is also on the team that oversees the feature film pre-buys for TMN. Currently the Executive on Orphan Black for Space and CTV’s new limited series The Disappearance. Gosia was also an Executive on Degrassi: The Next Generation for MTV Canada, Bravo’s 19-2, and CTV’s Flashpoint. Gosia is a juror for the BravoFACT/FACTUAL fund. Prior to joining Bell Media, Gosia was a Producer at True West Films (It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Everything’s Gone Green).
Co-founder of Rezolution Pictures with Ernest Web, Catherine Bainbridge has led the way as Rezolution has expanded beyond its documentary roots into comedy/drama programming. She is now spearheading Rezolution’s move into interactive media with independent game studio Minority Media, and Minority VR. Co-director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Reel Injun, Catherine is currently co-director/co-writer on Rumble: the Indians Who Rocked the World, an internationally-financed feature documentary set to air in 2016. Her recent credits include Dirty Red Boys, the APTN series Mohawk Girls, Working It Out Together, Indians & Aliens, and Smoke Traders.