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Women Leading TV

  • Masonic Temple 6 Cathedral Street St. John's, NL, A1C 1H3 Canada (map)

Canada is stepping up with a new generation of creators who are taking over your television. Learn more about the business of broadcasting by some of the leading creators on Canadian television. Talk with the writers, producers, showrunners and directors behind some of your favourite series. Featuring Jordan Canning (Baroness Von Sketch Show, 22 Minutes), Sarah Goodman (The Detail) and Marsha Greene (Mary Kills People, Ten Days in the Valley).

Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, Sherry White will no longer be able to join us for this panel. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Tickets to Forum Lunch Panels at the Masonic Temple are NOT available at the door and will be available for purchase through the LSPU Hall Box Office until 12pm the day prior, subject to availability. Vegetarian options available if noted when booking. 

Tickets must be purchased (reserved with a Delegate Pass) in advance through the LSPU Hall Box Office. Limited seating. 


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Jordan Canning

Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films that have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. She directed all twenty-three episodes of the IPF-supported web series Space Riders: Division Earth for The show won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director.
Her first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second feature, Suck It Up, won the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award and premiered at Slamdance 2017. Her third feature, an omnibus film called Ordinary Days, will also premiere later in 2017. In 2016 she made her foray into television, directing on Saving Hope (CTV) and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). In 2017 year she will be directing on the series The Detail (CTV), Burden of Truth (CBC) and Baroness Von Sketch Show (IFC/CBC).


Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman was born in Toronto and has lived in New York, where she began making films. She recently wrote on the upcoming CTV drama, The Detail, after completing the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time TV Writing Program. She has also written and directed narrative and documentary film: her feature documentary Army of One, 2004 Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Documentary; 2005 Gemini Nomination for Best Director, and When We Were Boys, Donald Brittain Gemini Nomination for Best Documentary; Indiewire Top 10 Documentaries 2009, led to her short drama Hidden Driveway (TIFF 2011) and her award winning, critically acclaimed first feature drama Porch Stories. Her films have played at festivals such as TIFF, IDFA, Hot Docs and True/False, as well as broadcasting worldwide. Goodman has also written and directed documentary programs for television. She is an alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and a member of the Film Fatales. Her next feature Lake 239 is in development with producer Karen Harnisch (Sleeping Giant) and she currently has two TV series in early development.

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Marsha Greene

Marsha Greene has written for Global’s Private Eyes, ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley, and the critically acclaimed drama Mary Kills People for Global and Lifetime.  She is currently developing a short-form scripted drama with eOne called The Six.
In 2015, Marsha received a BravoFACT award for her short film In The Room, and was the Interactive Writer for the YTV/Teen Nick series Open Heart, which won the Digi Award for Best Interactive Content–Kids. Marsha has also lent her skills to unscripted productions for Global, CBC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, and the award-winning documentary Chinee Girl. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, and holds an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. She also has a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.  


Karen Bruce

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 launched the successful Family Fan Day during Canadian Screen Week providing free access for fans to some of their favourite stars.

Karen also spearheaded the Academy's vital, annual volunteer program.

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. She also regularly mentors emerging industry talent and currently sits on the board for the Canadian Film Festival.

Earlier Event: October 21
A Better Man
Later Event: October 21
Afternoon Shorts