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Vancouver Economic Commission Speed Dating
VEC Speed Dating is only open to those who have a 3-day all-inclusive pass. Once you have a pass it is a $20 fee to participate in the speed dating sessions. If you have not purchased your 3-day pass please click on this link to purchase your pass. Once you have purchased your 3-day pass please email Paula Hoffmann ( paula@vancouverwebfest.com ) for the code to purchase your speed dating session pass.

Vancouver Economic Commission
Nancy Mott - Speed Dating MC
Vancouver, Canada

As Manager, Digital Entertainment and Interactive at the Vancouver Economic Commission, Nancy works strategically to grow the screen-based industry for the City of Vancouver. Her work to strengthen the Vancouver economy included focusing on foreign direct investment and trade as well as promoting Vancouver in foreign markets worldwide.  Included in her portfolio are film, television, visual effects and animation, games and mobile entertainment. Additionally, Nancy promotes the City of Vancouver as a world-class destination for business opportunities and a city where industry talent can thrive in the screen-based entertainment sector. With her move to the Vancouver Economic Commission in 2011, Nancy brought with her 20 years of experience in the film and television industry in both production and business development for practical filmmaking, visual effects and animation.

Brightlight Pictures
Shawn Williamson - President
Vancouver, Canada

With over 25 years of experience, Shawn Williamson has risen to the forefront of the Canadian film and television industry as a leading independent film and television producer. A native to Vancouver, Shawn began his career as a stage manager at The Arts Club Theatre in 1983 and has since produced live events, live television and television series, as well as feature films.

In 2001, Shawn started Brightlight Pictures and has since been developing, financing, and producing feature films and television series. He has filmed in a variety of international locations, including: Singapore, Croatia, Romania, France, England, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Australia. FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING (Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess) was produced as a Canada/UK co-production, filmed in Belfast, and opened with a Gala Premier spot at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Shawn executive produced the feature film THE INTERVIEW (Seth Rogen, James Franco) for Columbia Pictures, and HORNS (Daniel Radcliffe), produced in conjunction with Mandalay Pictures and Red Granite Pictures. He also served as a producer on THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf) with Voltage pictures, 50/50 (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen), THE POSSESSION (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick), WHITE NOISE (Michael Keaton), PASSENGERS (Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson), and WICKER MAN (Nicholas Cage).

Shawn is currently producing the second season of the Fox television series WAYWARD PINES (Jason Patric, Hope Davis) and just completed LOOKINGLASS (Robert Kazinsky, Tim DeKay) for 20th Century Fox. Recently, he produced the feature film COLOSSAL (Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis) with Voltage pictures, THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX (Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul) with Miramax and a remake of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING for Disney.

Canvas Media
Bernie Su, Writer/Director
California, USA

Bernie is a two-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and multi-platform storyteller. In 2013 he co-created “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” an interactive adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which earned the first Primetime Emmy Award for a YouTube distributed series. In 2015 he won his second Emmy with the series “Emma Approved,” a five-platform interactive re-imagination of Austen’s novel Emma. In 2014 he was named Creator of the Year by Video Ink News, when he executive produced “Emma Approved”, the gender-bending science drama “Frankenstein, MD” for PBS Digital Studios, and published “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet” with Simon & Schuster, a book based on the web series based on the book. His most recently co-founded Canvas Media Studios which launched with, “Vanity." A revenge drama set in the world of fashion and beauty. The series was StyleHaul’s first original online series, with Maybelline New York attached as the exclusive sponsor.

CBC Digital
Zach Feldberg, Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals
Toronto, Canada

With over a decade of experience at the crossroads of TV and digital, Zach has seen the creative media industry from many different angles. At CBC, he oversees the Digital Originals strategy for Scripted and Unscripted programming, developing and commissioning content for all platforms. Prior to starting that new role in late 2015, Zach spearheaded Shaw Media’s first digital-first programming slate, including Global TV special The Second City Project, comedy series But I’m Chris Jericho!, Food Network Canada’s Super Snack Bros., and others. He also delivered successful and award-winning digital products and content associated with the company’s priority linear series, including Big Brother Canada, Vikings, Rookie Blue, Remedy, Yukon Gold, Continuum, Kenny vs. Spenny and Endgame, the latter of which yielded an International Digital Emmy® win in 2012.

Dailymotion
Enrique Soissa, Country Manager/Canada
Toronto, Canada

Enrique was introduced into the fast pace of the online world early having worked at Chapters Online for their launch and progress into e-commerce. Later, moving onto Universal Music Canada, it served to develop his competencies in the entertainment world. After a time, and an itch, he left to start his own record label Paper Bag Records. The years of entrepreneurship while running his own music company, including the handling the digital and business developmental growth of the organization, proved formative as he furthered his own growth and fed his resolve to keep pushing himself. Since then, he worked with a digital content start up, before moving on to head Dailymotion’s Canadian operations where he is now. Enrique has had the pleasure of working with a variety of partners from independent web producers to the NFL (signing the league to a European content license deal), he looks forward to increasing the footprint for Dailymotion in Canada and beyond.

dotstudioPRO
Selena Paskalidis, Co-Founder
Vancouver, Canada

Selena has more than 10 years of experience in film, television and digital production, as well as creating financial and operational business models in tech and entertainment. At dotstudioPRO, she deals with all aspects of the business and manages dotstudioPRO’s financials, as content creation. Paskalidis is a highly accomplished filmmaker, and worked her way up very quickly in Canada’s film, television and digital industries. She started her career as Head of Business Affairs in long form drama, and moved effortlessly in to development before taking the reins in production. In 2013, Paskalidis has worked with companies such as the Food Network, History Channel, Women’s Network, National Film Board of Canada and the Discovery Network. She has also developed and produced feature length films in conjunction with Telefilm Canada.

IPF (Independent Production Fund)
Andra Sheffer, CEO, IPF and Cogeco Fund
Toronto, Canada

Andra is the CEO of two private funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development of digital drama and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards).

JTS/Flixtra
Carter Mason, Co-Founder / CEO of JTS.TV & Flixtra
California, USA

Carter is a co-founder and the CEO of JTS.TV - Just The Story, a premium digital network distributed via Roku, apps, the JTS.TV website, and numerous Smart TV platforms (with many more in development). He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade as an actor, writer, and producer. His clients have produced numerous feature and short films, digital series, and new media projects. The reputation and relationships forged through the Carter Mason Group laid the foundation for a creator-friendly business model to gain immediate acceptance by the independent television community.

New Form Digital
Melissa Schneider, SVP Development and Production
Santa Monica, USA

Melissa is the head of series and current scripted development, while overseeing all aspects of series and pilot production for New Form Digital. With an extensive background in both digital and traditional media, Schneider bridges the gap by working closely with digital and established talent to develop episodic and serialized stories that will resonate with audiences on emerging digital platforms. In little over a year at New Form, she has developed and launched 25 pilots, with 18 series orders launching over 2015/2016. She executive produced Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures, a co-production with The Jim Henson Creature Shop, featuring Chris Kendall, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, PewdiePie, Patrick Stewart and Alfred Molina.

North of Now
Tyler Funk, Writer/Director
Vancouver, Canada

Tyler is an award winning writer and director who has screened numerous short films at festivals around the world. In additional to his narrative filmmaking Tyler Funk is the founder of North Of Now, a digital production company producing branded digital content and broadcast commercials. With multiple USA broadcast ads and millions of views on YouTube North Of Now has won multiple awards and produced over 40 pieces of content for major brands. Tyler Funk is the creator and showrunner of the White Ninja digital series. The world’s first narrative Vine series starring Paul Scheer.

OFF ISLAND
Andrew Williamson - Producer & Director
Vancouver, Canada

Andrew Williamson is a seasoned producer and director who started OFF ISLAND in 1999 to create content with purpose. He produced Gastown Gamble for OWN Canada, and executive produced the critically acclaimed docu-series Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH for The Knowledge Network. He directed the comedy short The Green Film which was released online to celebrate Earth Day. Williamson’s previous projects include High Moon, a pilot co-venture with Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller, Sk8 Life which premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival, as well as The Mountie in association with Telefilm Canada. His thirteen-part web-series for the Yukon and Federal Governments launched in New York’s Times Square.

Andrew was recently VP Production & Digital for Lark Productions where he produced digital and social media campaigns for televisions series including Motive (CTV), Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH, Gastown Gamble, The Real Housewives of Vancouver (Shaw) and Mom's A Medium (Corus). Andrew is the founder of Crazy8s and was previously Head of Development for Keatley Entertainment and Director of Industrial Relations at the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Nicky Forsman
Vancouver, Canada
OUTtv
PANELIST


Nicky is the Head of Creative for OUTtv, she has experience producing and directing over 130 hours of television content. Her most recent work includes documentary series Kitty 911, lifestyle series Operation: Vacation and a new educational drama #STI.

Whiskaye Films
Jameson Parker - Actor/Producer
Vancouver, Canada

Jameson is an award winning actor and producer who, along with David Kaye, founded Whiskaye Films in 2008 while attending the University of British Columbia. He has directed music videos for local and international artists including Anami Vice, The Simpson Brothers Band, and his video for Fake Shark Real Zombie’s single Girls can be seen on Much Music. In 2014 he directed “The Price is Precise”, a sketch written by 3-time Canadian Comedy Award Winning sketch duo Peter N’ Chris for internet comedy giant CollegeHumor.

Magnify Digital Inc.
Moyra Rodger - CEO
Vancouver, Canada

The Magnify Team specializes in the design, implementation and measurement of online strategies. We give our clients tools to engage in authentic two-way conversations with their customers. Conversations that build visibility, credibility and profitability. We do so using our proprietary ALERT system. From social media outreach campaigns to SEM (Search Engine Optimization and Pay Per Click Campaigns), from website development / redevelopment to content production for mobile phones, we are the one stop shop for building customers and audiences online.

Swiss Social TB channel jolz
Sandra Lehner - Head of Branded Content
Zurich, Switzerland

Storytelling has always been the core of Sandra’s career.

As Head of Branded Content at Swiss Social TV channel joiz, Sandra is developing and producing branded content across all platforms (TV, Online, Social Media). She also heads up joiz Studios – joiz’ creative agency that creates bespoke cross-platform content for external clients.

Sandra landed her first job in TV after attending a ‘Writing for Daily Drama’ course at the Film and TV University in Babelsberg (Germany) and hence developed drama series across all platforms for leading daily drama producer UFA Serial Drama.

Before moving to Zurich (Switzerland) end of 2014, Sandra was living and working in London (UK) for four years. She worked as a Digital Producer for football YouTube Channel ‘Copa90’ and as a Social Media Producer on TV shows such as ‘Downton Abbey’ (NBCU), ‘Sherlock’ (BBC), ‘Made in Chelsea’ (Channel 4), and ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ (Sony).

She blogs on a monthly basis for industry blog MIPBlog und the corporate arvatoBlog. She has also been a panellist at industry events such as MIPTV, MIPCOM, BAFTA and SWIM talking about digital innovations and Social TV.

Altman & Co.
Aren Altman
Vancouver, Canada
Really Real Films
Allan Harmon
Vancouver, Canada


A feature film and television production company based in Vancouver, BC, since 1998, Really Real Films develops, finances and produces independent film and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace.

Company principals, Cynde and Allan Harmon, are veteran filmmakers who have produced and directed for 29 years and have amassed over 250 broadcast hours to their credit. For 25 years, their Ontario and US Corporations have provided services to the film, television and commercial sectors. The Harmon team has been associated with many high profile film personalities such as Robert Altman, and Ridley Scott, Patrice Laconte, Jean Pierre Roux and Ken Davis, producing award-winning commercials for an elite international clientele spanning two continents.

The Harmons launched “Really Real Films”, refocusing to become a more diversified entertainment company, developing and producing original content for theatrical and television release. Really Real Films is currently involved in the development of new innovative digital and interactive media for mobile and broadband application. Really Real corporate head offices include full Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro Edit facilities.

Development projects are quite diversified, including lifestyle series ‘Girls of Today’, ‘Firehouse Cook-off’ and ‘Model for a Day’, television drama series ‘Ghostware’ (Kevin Sorbo – Meet The Spartans, Andromeda, Hercules attached), feature films ‘Tranquility’ starring Kevin Sorbo, ‘If I Had Wings’, ‘Cry of The Thunderbird’ and ‘Honor Camp’.

In addition to Really Real’s own project content, it distributes internationally, Leo nominated, ‘The Travel Guys’ airing on 33 channels across Canada, “Seventeen Short Films About Breasts”, a documentary nominated for 5 Leos, celebrity interview series ‘The Pat O’Connor Show’, baby eco-video ‘Green Baby’, North American’s first Pakistani feature films ‘Night Of Henna’ and ‘Bicycle Bride’, Aboriginal dance series ‘Dancing with Spirit’ nominated for 3 Gemini’s, and Aboriginal docs ‘Quest’ and ‘We Are Still Here’.

Really Real Films, in association with Vancouver’s Insight Films, completed their movie “Trust”, airing on Movie Central, Lifetime Channel and TF1 in France. Their ½ hour pilot comedy “Wolf Canyon” just won 5 LEO awards for 2010, including Best Comedy Show, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Performance!

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