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Vancouver Economic Commission 2017 Speed Dating
Sponsored by the Vancouver Economic Commission, VWF’s Speed Dating Event brings together content creators with companies and individuals looking for content, partnerships and creative new relationships. Participants get 3 minutes to pitch their projects and themselves, exchange cards and to make an impression. Once the 3 minutes is up, move on to the next person and do it again! Practice your pitching skills and forge new relationships in a fun and fast paced environment. The speed dating will be followed by a cocktail reception aimed to solidify new relationships in a more casual setting.

Vancouver Economic Commission
Nancy Mott, Executive Director, Film and Media Centre
Speed Dating MC
Vancouver, Canada

As Executive Director of the Film and Media centre, 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 interactive 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 physical production and business development in film production, visual effects and animation

Altman & Company
Jeff Young, Entertainment & Media Attorney
Vancouver, Canada

Jeff Young is an active member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canada and a member of the State Bar of California, USA. Jeff is also a registered and active Canadian Trademark Agent.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia, where he also studied Commerce, before beginning his twenty-five year legal career which started in corporate and real estate law, and ultimately focused on intellectual property, new media, sports and entertainment, particularly in film/TV and music. During his successful legal career, Jeff has negotiated with major entertainment and media corporations including Virgin, BMG, Disney, Sony, 20 th Century Fox, Paramount and Warner/Chappell. From 2011 to 2013, Jeff was the Director of Contracts and Chief Negotiator for the Union of BC Performers, the British Columbia branch of ACTRA. He has acted for and advised award winning recording artists and leading film and television performers, and was a managing partner of an entertainment law boutique that represented international, local major, and independent film and TV clients. From 2008 to 2010, Jeff was a legal consultant to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on entertainment and digital media issues. His past clients included music publishers, film companies, sports franchises and live entertainment venues and his practice primarily focused on negotiating business deals involving media, film, music, sports and entertainment. Companies that have received his legal work include Fox Family Channel, the OutTV Network, The Vancouver Whitecaps, Shavick Entertainment, and the Shaw Rocket Fund.

CBC Digital
Chris Harris, Executive Producer, Digital – Scripted
Toronto, Canada

Chris Harris is an Emmy-winning media professional and content leader with more than 15 years experience as a digital production executive, business leader, media strategist, interactive producer and journalist.

Before returning to CBC in 2015, Chris was Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at the Emmy Award-winning interactive content studio Secret Location.

Prior to that, Chris led the Digital Content teams at Shaw Media (via Canwest and Alliance Atlantis) as both Director and Head of Online Content, as well as being Shaw Media’s first ever Head of Social Media. During that time, Chris guided the creation of globally recognized award-winning work, which resulted in significant growth in audience, engagement, and revenue.

Prior to joining Shaw, Chris spent more than seven years as an award-winning interactive producer and journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, working in Sports, News and Kids.

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.

Force Four Entertainment
Dominique Marie Mongeau - Development Producer
Vancouver, Canada

Dominique is a development producer with Force Four Entertainment (part of Entertainment One). Prior to joining the Force Four development team, she was a line producer on Global's Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, Border Security: America’s Front Line, and YTV’s Tricked. She also worked as an associate producer on CTV's Amazing Race Canada and W Network's Shannon & Sophie. Other credits include CBC’s Keeping Canada Safe and Keeping Canada Alive, and CityTV's The Bachelor Canada. Before working in television, Dominique worked for the National Arts Centre Foundation in their Special Events department. She attended Queen’s University’s Bader International Study Cenre at Herstmonceux Castle in the UK.

GRB Entertainment
Michael Lolato - Senior Vice President, International Distribution
Los Angeles, United States

Michael Lolato brings two decades of experience in all facets of the television industry to GRB. He hails from Canada, where he started his career in TV advertising and marketing at Astral Television. Segueing into distribution and affiliate sales, he helped launch six networks for Canada's Bell Media before transitioning to international program sales at Canamedia. Michael has sold programs to almost every country and in a nearly every genre, expanding his sales efforts to multi-platforms, including mobile, digital and OTT, while continuing to grow linear channel sales.

Just for Laughs
Eric Y. Lapointe, Senior Director, International Sales & Digital Development,
Montreal, Canada

Eric Y. Lapointe joined Just For Laughs in 2015, after spending 15 years in international marketing and sales which included a prior role as Senior Advisor of Content Distribution at Cirque du Soleil.

As the Senior Director of International Sales and Digital Development at Just For Laughs, Lapointe is responsible for the global digital video distribution strategy for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other new emerging platforms. His role also involves licensing rights to television channels in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, while also partnering with foreign broadcasters and platforms interested in producing comedy specials at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the world`s largest by invitation only comedy festival attracting over 2 million people annually to Montreal.

Just For Laughs produces festivals and tours worldwide (including in Sydney, Vancouver, Toronto, London), over 50 hours of television programming annually including English and French language stand-up comedy productions, as well as the world`s funniest and most renowned non dialogue hidden camera program: Just For Laughs Gags which now includes 309 half-hour episodes and a YouTube subscriber base of 5.5 million fans.

Lark Productions
Briean Kenward, Development Executive
Vancouver, Canada

Briean is a creator, developer and producer of television series concepts and proposals for Lark Productions' Unscripted slate. She has a strong focus on casting and talent development, recently producing CBC's CRASH GALLERY and casting Corus' REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TORONTO. With a background in both factual and lifestyle programming, Briean is committed to finding strong stories that can travel both domestically and internationally.

Brandon Bauman, Senior Counsel & Director at Machinima
Los Angeles, United States

Brandon Bauman is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney working heavily in digital productions and distribution. Currently at Machinima, he oversees the business and legal affairs over the acquisition, development, production and distribution of all content. Additionally, he implemented and oversees the legal affairs pertaining to Machinima's full-service off-site production studio. Prior to joining Machinima, Brandon was the Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Zodiak Americas – working heavily in unscripted TV. Prior to that, Brandon worked in HBO's Business Affairs department focused on original programming and mini-series. He is currently in transition to Spotify to manage the Business and Legal Affairs for their budding video content division.


Million Faces Productions
Joely Collins, Founder, President
Vancouver, Canada

Joely Collins is a Canadian, award-winning producer, director and actress with over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Her most recent project is the multi award-winning digital series “CODED”, which is currently screening on the festival circuit. Her feature film “Becoming Redwood”, a quirky, heart-warming, coming-of-age story, became an instant hit on the festival circuit and won Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival and Most Popular Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. With her production company Million Faces, Joely is actively producing films, television series and digital media projects. She is also passionate about directing and empowering women in film.

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 executive produced the critically acclaimed doc-series Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH for The Knowledge Network/Discovery and High Moon, a pilot co-venture with Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller. He also produced Gastown Gamble for the OWN Network.

Andrew is producing Spiral, a scripted webseries, for Telus Optik Local and Whale and Raven, a Canadian / German feature documentary with the National Film Board of Canada. Andrew previously produced Yukonic, a thirteen-part web-series for the Yukon and Federal Governments which 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 Director of Industrial Relations at the Canadian Media Producers Association. He volunteers with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to help educate people about climate change.

Omnifilm Entertainment
Elizabeth Schofield, Manager of Drama Development
Vancouver, Canada

Omnifilm Entertainment is one of Canada’s most respected independent television producers. We have produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming including drama, comedy, factual and lifestyle series, documentaries, and children’s programming, since 1979. Together with sister companies Omnifilm Releasing and Omnifilm Post, we are a complete television production, post-production and distribution entity with a steadily growing catalogue of exceptional programming.

Nicky Forsman, Head of Creative
Vancouver, Canada

Nicky Forsman is Head of Creative for OUTtv, Canada’s only LGBTQ television network, a post she has held since 2013. After working as an independent producer, Nicky joined OUTtv’s Vancouver office in 2006 as part of the development team and since then has spearheaded the creation of over 200 hours of content. Not one to stay away from a set too long, Nicky became involved in original production and has produced many network favorites including “Don’t Quit Your Gay Job”, “Psycho Kitty”, and “Homorazzi". Nicky is also responsible for creating the travel series “Operation: Vacation”, a LogoTV partnership series that surprised deserving participants with dream vacations. Most recently, Nicky developed and produced “Kitty 911” a 10-part docu-series about a local Vancouver cat rescue organization, and OUTtv’s first original drama, “#STI”, an educational series created to decrease stigma and increase awareness around STI prevention.

Although she is still heavily involved in series development and production, Nicky's role has expanded to encompass the creative well-being and enrichment of the entire OUTtv team. As a member of senior management at OUTtv, she is responsible for ensuring an environment open to new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking in all areas, from marketing and technology to her home base of original production. This new position was key to the creation and launch of OUTtv’s new streaming service OUTtvGo, late in 2016.

Pink Buffalo Films
Rich Murray, Partner, Supervising Producer & Director
Vancouver, Canada

As a Partner at Pink Buffalo Films, Rich Murray has taken his 18 years of experience developing, producing and directing factual, documentary, and live broadcast television for the likes of Corus, CTV, Discovery, History, and TLC into leading the team creating compelling stories for both established and emerging online platforms.

With Pink Buffalo’s mission to be where the puck is going, Rich is also part of the team exploring content specifically produced for VR & AR and mixed, social influencer campaigns, and original branded content co-productions. But no matter what type of media, Rich continues to let the story guide his decisions on what type of content to create and the best way to reach its intended audience.

Propagate Content
Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Head of Development
Los Angeles, United States

Brett-Patrick Jenkins is a Critic’s Choice award winning producer and television executive based in Los Angeles, and the Head of Development at Propagate Content.

After studying art at the University of Texas at Austin, Brett-Patrick joined Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios and contributed to films including Hell Boy and The Haunted Mansion.

Since then he has developed and produced over a thousand hours of television for Discovery, History, Syfy, Snapchat, Lifetime, and HBO including upcoming new media projects with Apple and Amazon.

Really Real Films
Cynde Harmon, Principal
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.

In recent years, ‘Really Real Films produced ‘If I Had Wings’ with support from Super Channel, Shaw Rocket Fund. The film has won many awards and screened at festivals worldwide, including Whistler, Germany’s Schlingel, Vancouver’s R2R, Kamloops (winner Best Feature Film Audience Award), Poland’s Al Kino, Ajyal in Doha, Qatar (winner Best Feature Film) and was the 2014 winner of Canada’s ‘Shaw Rocket’ award for the 13-17 yr category.

Other film credits include: ‘Trust’ (Movie Central, Lifetime, TF1); ½ hour comedy pilot ‘Wolf Canyon’ (APTN) winner of 5 LEO awards, ‘Anything But Christmas’ (ION, Bravo, CTV, NBC Universal UK, M6), ‘Shana-The Wolf’s Music’, an official Swiss/Canadian coproduction feature film and winner of 26 international awards at festivals including Germany, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Seattle, Kamloops, Winnipeg, Montreal, Czech Republic, Greece, India, Sweden and Italy.

More recent productions are, ‘Stranger In The House’ (Super Channel, Lifetime), feature documentary ‘Spirit Unforgettable’ Audience winner at VIFF 2016, and ‘A Royal Christmas’ in association with eOne Entertainment. Currently, just wrapped filming

RHP Media Consulting
Rod Perth, Founder/President
Los Angeles, United States

Mr. Perth is an unusual television and new media executive who has achieved success in senior operating positions in both business and creative-executive roles in the evolving content business. His unusually diverse business career began with CBS in ad-sales management then local station-management with WBBM-TV in Chicago. Perth was chosen to make a transition to network programming and creative development responsibilities, joining the CBS Television Network as SVP of Late Night Programming. In this position he was responsible for attracting David Letterman to CBS, which won the late night programming wars between Letterman and Leno. He was later recruited to by USA Cable Networks, to become President of Entertainment, with overall responsibilities for original program development, production, and acquisitions. As a senior member of the USA and SyFy’s management team he was one of the earliest U.S. network programmers to develop scripted co-productions as a new financing and development concept for both broadcast and cable networks. Perth later became President, Worldwide Television for Jim Henson Studios. Perth was a co-founder and President of Hubbard Broadcasting’s ReelzChannel, a start-up cable network that is now viewed in over 70M U.S. homes. As president of three networks, P/L responsibilities included strategic planning, all programming initiatives, negotiating programming agreements, ad-sales, marketing, and affiliate sales. Most recently as President and CEO of NATPE – Content First, Perth led a successful repositioning effort that resulted in a dramatic turnaround for this 54-year-old non-profit organization. He is now President of RHP Media Consulting - specializing in digital media startups - and is committed to mentoring creators and businesses about how successful content will prevail - regardless of digital disruption across the media landscape.

Seeka TV
George Reese, Co-founder and VP of Programming
Minneapolis-St. Paul, United States

George Reese is an entrepreneur and filmmaker who is currently the co-founder and VP of Programming at Seeka TV. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, he began his career in television working on a variety of Hollywood TV shows in low-level roles. Thanks to the LA Riots and the recession of the early 90’s, his career took a detour into technology. He ended up writing several technology books and starting a few companies. Prior to Seeka TV, he sold enStratus to Dell and went back into filmmaking. His recent films include Reconquista and Therapy for the Unlawful. He is also an Executive Producer for the most recent seasons of the web series Theater People, BLEED, Lovers and Others, and Hat Trick Bitches.

Telefilm Canada
John Dippong, National Project Lead - Western Region + Ontario
Vancouver, Canada

John Dippong leads Telefilm Canada’s Industry Promotion activities for the Western Region and Ontario. In this role he identifies and implements regional promotion strategies, partnerships and special initiatives that align with Telefilm Canada’s corporate and promotional objectives. Prior to joining Telefilm, John was involved in feature film production, film festival organization and programming.

Tristar Global Entertainment Inc
Michael Olsen, CEO/Managing Partner
Vancouver, Canada

As co-founder of Tristar Global Entertainment Inc and The Tristar Film Fund, LLC Michael is a proven leader who brings over 25 years of finance, sales and business experience to the organization.

As a performance based proven leader with almost three decades of business and financial acumen Michael has been successful in the developing of both domestic and international financial structures that will be instrumental to the company’s growth.

Prior to establishing Tristar Global Entertainment Mr. Olsen started Tristar Film Finance in Canada as a finance and distribution based company for Independent Filmmakers almost 10 years ago. Over the years Mr. Olsen has been instrumental in financing in a variety of film and television productions of over $28 Million by the end of 2016, such as “Daydream Nation” with Josh Lucas and Kat Dennings, “Clockwork Girl” with Carrie Ann Moss, “Bad Karma” with Ray Liotta and Dominic Purcel to the most recent of productions of “Will Gardner” with Max Martini, Gary Sinesse & Jeffrey Dean Morgan and then the very promising “Selfie From Hell” which has passed over 18 million in Youtube views and soon to begin production on its sequel.

Mr. Olsen has long envisioned the creation of a real “one-stop-shop” structure for the Independent Filmmakers and assist them with every conceivable service; the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of their Intellectual Property.

Lucas Kappaz, Co-Founder & CRO
Los Angeles, United States

Prior to embarking in the VRAmericas venture with friends and colleagues Mr. Kappaz started working in the media industry in 2005 when he started working for Colombia’s biggest broadcaster, RCN Television. At RCN, he led the most ambitious expansion in the history of the network by more than quadrupling its production infrastructure. As part of the management committee, he served in the development and programming teams in charge of analyzing content development and green-lighting production.

He was promoted to vice president of international channels, where he was responsible for overseeing finance, distribution, programming, sales, and operations over two cable networks, a worldwide distributed entertainment channel, and a 24-hour Spanish news channel distributed in the Americas. As head of international channels, Mr. Kappaz was responsible for conducting negotiations between Fox International Channels and RCN Television, which ultimately resulted in the formation of a multimillion dollar Hispanic network in the United States: MundoFOX, which he joined as SVP of Digital Strategy and Content Distribution. At MundoFox Digital, Mr. Kappaz was always evaluating cutting-edge strategies to create native digital content as well as original experiences for the audience in which mobile screens became a “multi-camera” options to provide the viewer with different angles on certain scenes.

After MundoFOX Mr. Kappaz Mesklum LLC to provide consulting services on digital and traditional media. His clients include MCN’s Networks and non-media companies in need to establish their digital footprint. Mr. Kappaz holds a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. He has volunteered for over 20 years teaching people with disabilities practice sports. He and his wife Rosa live in Santa Monica, California, with their two children.

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