Talking Creative: Needing More than Money

  • NIFCO 40 Kings Road St. John's

What drives successful film and TV? What makes a dream team? What makes a project work? A creative conversation between Telefilm (Stephanie Azam), Distribution (Emily Alden) and Broadcasting (Gosia Kamela) to discuss how to build work that is story driven and unique enough to stand out in today’s market, and how to build content that will stand on it’s own.

Panelists

Gosia Kamela
Gosia Kamela is a Production Executive for Bell Media. In this role, Gosia oversees the development and production of original series across Bell Media’s family of channels including CTV, MTV, Space, Bravo and TMN/HBO Canada, and sits on the BravoFACT/AUL jury. Currently a Production Executive on the critically acclaimed Orphan Black for Space. Gosia also worked on Degrassi: The Next Generation for MTV, Bravo’s 19-2, and CTV’s award-winning Flashpoint. Prior to joining Bell Media, Gosia was a Producer at True West Films.

Stephanie Azam
Stephanie Azam is Telefilm Canada’s National Feature Film Executive – English Market. Stephanie joined New York’s ZeitgeistFilms (distributor of The Corporation and the Academy Award-nominated Nowhere in Africa) as the Director of Theatrical Marketing, directing major campaigns across various media including Oscar runs. Stephanie then joined Telefilm Canada as Marketing and Distribution Specialist for English-language, overseeing investments from the English-language marketing component of the Canada Feature Film Fund and coordinated joint efforts with promotion, broadcasting, theatrical and Web partners.

Emily Alden
Emily Alden heads distribution, production and development for PNP. Emily is also the executive producer on a number of titles on PNP’s current slate of films including Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson starring Emma Thompson and Robert Carlyle; Ed Gass-Donnelly’s upcoming Lavender starring Abbie Cornish, Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney; and, Cameron Labine’s Mountain Men starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine. Actively involved in the Canadian film community, Emily currently sits on The First Weekend Club board of directors and has been a speaker and panelist for film festivals and forums across the country.