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Webseries Connect

  • 3 Dec 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Toronto
  • 10

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Professional speed-dating where we partner top industry executives with creators from our official selections in the hopes of creating more Canadian Content. 

DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, THIS WILL BE AN EVENT HELD ON ZOOM.

The CONNECT events are designed to promote digital-first content and to provide profitable business development opportunities to those involved in the creation, production, and distribution of online media with great entertainment and cultural values. 

In addition to distribution and production opportunities, we also include meetings with collaborative production service partners who can offer related and very relevant services to these content creators, typically in the field of marketing, or creative processes. 

Through past exit surveys we have learned that creators indicate their other related meeting goals include: finding opportunities for their secondary or craft based skills, acquiring educational or mentorship services, marketing services, brand partners, representational or agency services, or consulting services. 


MEET THE PRODUCERS

Evan M. Landry is an award winning producer and Executive Producer/Partner at Toronto-based Asymetric Media. He recently produced and co-created the IPF funded web series Short Term Sentence which is being distributed by levelFilm. Evan has also produced over 100 music videos and commercials for world renowned brands and artists, and has produced numerous short films that have played in festivals all over the world and sold in multiple territories. Including 5 Films About Technology directed by Peter Huang which premiered at TIFF, played at Sundance, and was released theatrically in the US by Neon ahead of the feature film Colossal. Evan also produced the video for Drake’s viral hit Hotline Blingwhich has amassed well over 1 Billion views and multiple awards. Evan is currently Producing/Exec Producing the TV version of 5 Films About Technology, entitled 9 Films About Technology for FX/Hulu which is currently in post-production and slated for release in early 2021.

Liz Whitmere has 25 years of experience in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Initially an actor, she performed as both an improviser with the On The Spot Players in Montreal and as a stand-up comedian, while building her film career. She produced her first short film, the critically-acclaimed This Is Not What You Had Planned, and discovered a love of producing. This led her to associate producing the Canadian Screen Award-winning The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island (CBC Gem), one of the most-viewed series on the CBC digital comedy platform.
Leah Cameron is a Toronto-based writer and a director who has a love for the collaborative nature of creating film and TV. An actor’s director, she is a fan of Judith Weston’s teachings on directing actors and has also studied Meisner, improv at THE SECOND CITY, HOLLYWOOD and other acting techniques. Leah attended THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE’s MFA Conservatory Program. She graduated in 2011, receiving the Joseph A. Stefano Award of Excellence in Screenwriting for her work.
Navin Ramaswaran is a Director & Editor represented by Unified Content, and Integral Artists. He is also a stills photographer and shoots on digital media as well as film. Feature films, commercials and episodic TV are his forte. What Navin really does is use his lens to capture moments which become a time capsule of their own. He is inspired by the beauty he sees around him in every day mundanities, and he loves capturing unique stories and portraits that may otherwise go unseen. He has worked with brands such as WestJet, Canada Goose, Volkswagen, and Under Armour and networks such as History Channel. Navin's most recent feature is "Poor Agnes", won the coveted Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Film at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival. He is currently promoting his newest short, "The Remnant" while developing two feature films with people he is really excited to work with.
For the past fifteen years, Academy Award® and Emmy Award® Nominee Anthony Leo has been producing scripted content for kids, families and young adults with Aircraft Pictures – the production company he co-founded with Andrew Rosen. Anthony’s selected producing credits include the animated theatrical feature film The Breadwinner – a co-production with Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions in association with Executive Producer Angelina Jolie – nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and Annie Award for Best Independent Animated Feature; twenty episodes of the live action Hulu Original series Holly Hobbie that recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Children’s Series and winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Children’s Series; three television movies based on the Bruno & Boots book series by young adult fiction icon Gordon Korman for Netflix/YTV and twenty-six episodes of the Kidscreen Award-winning single-camera comedy Raising Expectations created by Tom Saunders (Arrested Development) and starring Jason Priestley and Molly Ringwald.
Natalie Novak is an associate producer at Scythia Films led by founder and president, producer Daniel Bekerman. Recent credits include Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut Falling, a UK/Canada Co-Production which had its World Premiere at Sundance 2020 before going on to be an Official Selection at the 73rd Edition of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as TIFF 2020. Other credits include, Percy, now playing in theatres across Canada, starring Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci and Zach Braff as well as Slash/Back, an Arctic set sci-fi adventure movie directed by Nyla Innuksuk set for release in 2021, about a group of teen Inuk girls that fight off an alien invasion.
Wendy Litner is a lawyer-turned-writer and creator of the CBC original digital series, How to Buy a Baby-a comedy based on her own hilarious inability to conceive. She recently won a 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing Web Program or Series for season 2 of the series. Season one was nominated for an International Emmy Award, and garnered nominations at other festivals including HollyWeb, U.K. WebFest, Seoul WebFest, Copenhagen WebFest and T.O. WebFest where it won best editing. The series won an Indie Series Award (2018) for Best Comedy Series and Best Directing (Molly McGlynn) and a Canadian Screen Award for Best Web Program or Series (2019). Wendy was further nominated for a CSA for Best Writing in a Web Program or Series (2019) and won best comedy writing at the International Academy of Web Television Awards (2018). Wendy’s essays have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, xoJane, Today’s Parent, SheWrites, and McSweeneys, among others. Wendy has also written for a number of shows and digital series, including season 1 to 3 of The Beaverton (CTV), Children Ruin Everything (CTV-forthcoming) and Lady Dicks (CBC-forthcoming). Wendy is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Richard Ivey School of Business, though she is happy to not be practicing law or business.
Sadie Stranks Sadie Stranks is an ACTRA apprentice. She studied Acting for Camera and Voice at Seneca College and level 3 improv at Second City. During the pandemic, Sadie produced two episodes of a series she wrote herself. They filmed in one location, with just 4 regular crew members, and no money. She is now looking to produce more episodes as a webseries.
Patricia Chica is a multiple award-winning Canadian director and content producer, editor and Chi Energy educator with over 60 hours of content under her belt. A graduate from the Film Production department at Concordia University (with distinction), she specializes in prestige character-driven content that depicts strong emotions and thought-provoking elevated stories. The reference film site Dread Central wrote "Patricia Chica is known for making bold, edgy, and visually striking independent films" and put her on the list of the "Rising Female Filmmakers". Variety wrote that she is "a prolific director of shorts and TV projects". Patricia Chica is an alumna of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, the Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices program, the CMPA Pre-Sales Pitches in L.A. program, as well as a recipient of the Temerty Family Fellowship - Share Her Journey Program and of the SODEC_LAB during the Festival de Cannes. Patricia’s work has been in Official Selection at over 300 international film festivals and has garnered 50+ awards to date. Chica has also traveled the world to direct and/or produce world-class primetime broadcast content for networks such as National Geographic, Showcase, Bravo!, MTV, Oxygen, ARTV, CBC, CBS, Travel Channel, UniMás, and El Rey Network just to name a few. She is perfectly fluent in English, Spanish and French and has built a loyal social media fan base and connections in those three markets. Patricia Chica was born in war-torn El Salvador, grew up in Montreal, did her internship in Paris and has had professional residencies in New York, Orlando, Toronto and London. She has received support from the Canada Arts Council, National Film Board of Canada, SODEC, CALQ, The Harold Greenberg Fund, and Telefilm Canada funding organizations, to name a few. She is currently dividing her time between Montreal and Los Angeles and is represented by MoJo Management in Hollywood. Patricia Chica is an active member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Women In Film and Film Fatales.
Danielle Hébert has worked with the Industry Initiatives team at Ontario Creates for over two years, specifically delivering the Interactive Digital Media Fund. She is currently in a Program Consultant role focussing on the Concept Definition and Production streams as well as the Industry Development Program. She is a graduate of Brock University (Dramatic Arts) and a public servant for almost 12 years which includes working on the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. The cultural media industries are her passion and she is proud to now combine that with her public servant experience to support Ontario companies and help them grow

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