The TSC Advisory Committee is made up of established industry professionals including writers, producers, agents, and executives who will assist the TSC in the development of the conference. Committee members will advise on program development, marketing and outreach for the conference, as well as aiding our fundraising efforts.
Advisory Committee Chair, Founder of Meridian Artists Inc.
Along with the rest of the Meridian Artists team, Glenn currently represents a select roster of some of Canada’s most talented writers, directors and producers.
Glenn’s career started in 1996 when he began working as script reader for New Line Cinema and Innovative Artists Agency. From 1997 through 1999, Glenn worked as a Creative Executive at Templeton Production’s first look deal with New Line Cinema. In 1999, Glenn returned to Toronto and joined The Characters Talent Agency where he ran the Packaging Department.
Glenn also acted as Executive Producer on the feature film, YOUNG PEOPLE FUCKING, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 and became one of the most successful and highest grossing Canadian comedies of all time.
Glenn’s other professional activities include teaching the course, The Business of Film and Television, at Sheridan College as well as being a board member for the Humber Comedy program.
Glenn has a B.F.A. Honours in Film and Television Production, from York University and a M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business.
Glenn is also the founder of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference.
Alejandro Alcoba has been called many things, but for some reason ‘Handsome Alejandro’ hasn’t stuck. Alejandro has worked as a story editor, writer, and/or story coordinator on series including DEGRASSI and DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (Epitome Screen Productions), THE NEXT STEP (Temple Street Productions), and WHAT’S UP, WARTHOGS! (Aircraft Pictures). In 2015, he was nominated for a CSA Award for a season 2 episode of The Next Step which he co-wrote. He’s also a graduate from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, the WGC’s Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, and the National Screen Institute’s Totally TV program.
Larry Bambrick has been working in television for more than twenty years. He’s written for the CBC and directed, produced and written documentaries for Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
For the last five years, Larry’s been working in dramatic television, writing for shows including FLASHPOINT, ARCTIC AIR, PLAYED, and BITTEN.
He lives in Toronto with his wife, two daughters and a chocolate lab.
Partner, Cameron Pictures Inc.
Amy Cameron is a partner in Cameron Pictures Inc., the independent production company created with her sister Tassie Cameron. Their first project is MARY KILLS PEOPLE, produced in association with Entertainment One and Shaw Media for Corus. The six-part dramatic series, created by Tara Armstrong, is set to start production this summer in Toronto with an anticipated airdate of January 2017.
An award-winning journalist, author and television executive, Cameron was the Executive in Charge of Production at CBC TV Drama for the critically acclaimed BOOK OF NEGROES (which won nine Canadian Screen Awards and an NAACP award in 2016). She also oversaw the ratings giant HEARTLAND and shepherded the eight-part limited series SHOOT THE MESSENGER through development and production.
In addition to her previous work as a comedy production executive at CBC (LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, INSECURITY, Gavin Crawford’s WILD WILD WEST), Cameron worked as the Head of Development at Vérité Films and was also the co-creater and writer on CBC’s WILD ROSES. Cameron is a National Newspaper Award-winning journalist and author of Playing with Matches: Misadventures in Dating (2005).
Cameron is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, has a BFA from Concordia University and a diploma from a very fancy fashion design school in Paris, France.
A graduate of the CFC’s Television Program, Ian was the first winner of the Global Television Emerging Writer Award. TV writing credits include: the series finale of APTN’s BLACKSTONE; CTV’s PLAYED (Co-producer); THE LA COMPLEX, Global’s THE BEST YEARS, History’s OUTLAW BIKERS, TMN/Showcase’s REGENESIS and CBC’s 11 CAMERAS, WILD ROSES, two seasons of BEING ERICA as Co-Producer and development on THE MEN. Feature writing credits: BRACE FOR IMPACT for Incendo (TMN/HBO), ASSASSYIUN for Babak Payami, Mark Amin (FRIDA) and Francesco Melzi D’Eril (HOTEL RWANDA), FOREST HILL for Payami, an adaptation of Ray Robertson’s What Happened Later for Conquering Lion Films and co-writing STOKER’S FURNACE for director Joey Zentil.
Before working in TV Ian founded Theatre Viscera and wrote and directed theatre for ten years. His work has toured to Singapore and Spain, three of his plays have been in year-end top ten lists and in 1997 he was chosen as one of NOW’s top ten theatre artists of the year. Ian completed a Ph.D. in Film at the University of Toronto. After graduation he left to run the development arm of a large charity in the slums in Bangkok. He volunteers teaching streetkids writing at the Yonge Street Mission and at the POV program for disadvantaged youths and mentors for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. His postcard play for the art zine Abe’s Penny is now part of the permanent collections of both the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
Chair, RTA School of Media & Associate Professor
Michael Coutanche’s area of expertise is in writing for television, film, radio and emerging digital platforms. His teaching and research focus is on the continuing evolution of storytelling forms and the dynamics of creative collaboration. Coutanche is long-time supporter of screenwriting talent in Canada and many of his former students have written and produced for shows such as THE OFFICE, COMMUNITY, DEGRASSI, and LOST GIRL. As a researcher, Coutanche has presented at major international conferences including the Screenwriter Research Network, the Broadcast Education Association and the Inter-Disciplinary Society. He is also the lead author of The 2012 Report on Canadian Screenwriters, a project that communicates the results of a study of the Writers’ Guild of Canada membership and reveals the socio-economic conditions of the screenwriting occupation in Canada.
Prior to joining Ryerson, Coutanche was executive in charge of production for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he developed film and television projects including COWBOYS AND INDIANS: THE J.J. HARPER STORY, FLOWER & GARNET, and HEMMINGWAY VS. CALLAGHAN. Before this, he held a number of positions at Alliance Communications Corporation, including manager of acquisitions and development for Alliance Atlantis Pictures.
Coutanche was recently appointed the 2015-2016 Massey Ryerson Fellow at Massey College and is a member of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference advisory board. He is also a story editor and frequent advisor to media companies and funding organizations.
Jeff Detsky is a television writer/producer. His work has been broadcast on channels and platforms as varied as HBO Canada, City, CW, DirecTV, PBS, TVO, YTV, Teletoon, Netflix, and Comedy Central (well, Latinoamerica… but still, pretty cool). He got his start as a Writer’s Assistant on the Dreamworks animated feature OVER THE HEDGE, and has written for award-winning series CALL ME FITZ, SEED, and ODD SQUAD, among others. He is currently shepherding the highly anticipated television adaptation of the satirical news website THE BEAVERTON for THE COMEDY NETWORK and PIER 21, currently making him the youngest showrunner in Canada. Jeff is a graduate of Ryerson University and the Canadian Film Centre. But don’t hold that against him.
A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, Marsha also has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University and a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she won the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.
Marsha has lent her skills to both scripted and unscripted productions for Global, CBC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Family Channel, and the award-winning documentary CHINEE GIRL. 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 Interactive Content–Kids.
Marsha was a story editor on Global’s REMEDY and PRIVATE EYES, and a co-producer on MARY KILLS PEOPLE. Currently, Marsha is a co-producer on TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, an upcoming drama for ABC.
Founder, Copperheart Entertainment
Steven Hoban is founder of the Toronto-based film and television production company Copperheart Entertainment. He has produced numerous successful feature films, the Academy Award winning computer animated short, RYAN and the world’s first Imax 3D animated film CYBERWORLD.
Recent completed feature films include A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, starring William Shatner, science fiction thriller DEBUG written and directed by David Hewlett (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, STARGATE: ATLANTIS) and action thriller WOLVES starring Jason Momoa and Lucas Till, written and directed by David Hayter (X-MEN, WATCHMEN).
Past films include supernatural thriller HAUNTER starring Abigail Breslin and SPLICE starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, both directed by Vincenzo Natali, the comedy YOUNG PEOPLE FUCKING directed by Martin Gero (BLINDSPOT, BORED TO DEATH), the remake of the 70s horror classic BLACK CHRISTMAS directed by Glen Morgan (X-FILES, FINAL DESTINATION), and the cult hit trilogy GINGER SNAPS.
Upcoming feature films include the adaptation of the Stephen King/Joe Hill novella, IN THE TALL GRASS, to be directed to by Vincenzo Natali and the computer animated feature, ZOOMBIES, based on a story by Clive Barker. In television, DARKNET, created by Hoban and Natali, debuted on Netflix October 2014 and writing has begun on the HBO dramatic television series SHAKEDOWN with James Ellroy and David Fincher.
Manager, Creative Affairs, Entertainment One Television
As Manager, Creative Affairs for Entertainment One Television, Andrew develops scripted, prime-time content for the Canadian and international marketplace. He has worked on both dramatic and comedic series, a number of which have been set-up and developed in partnership with ABC, CBC, CTV, CityTV, Global, Space, Starz, SyFy, TMN, and Movie Central. Andrew was also heavily involved in the current production of Space’s original hit series BITTEN. While building and developing an ever-evolving slate of over a dozen projects across various genres, Andrew continually scouts for new intellectual property from a wide array of sources – including published novels, unpublished manuscripts, articles, web-series, graphic novels, and features. He was instrumental in optioning and developing CAUGHT by Lisa Moore, for which eOne partnered with Take the Shot Productions and secured a production order from CBC. Andrew helps oversee the eOne / CFC Adaptation Lab – shepherding creators’ efforts to adapt their properties from other mediums to the screen. Andrew has also participated in panels and juries including All Access Manitoba, the Canadian Film Centre, Humber College, and Ryerson School of Radio and Television Arts. As part of eOne’s Creative Affairs team, Andrew helps cultivate, engage, and collaborate with both emerging and established Canadian screenwriting talent to deliver undeniable programming to platforms and audiences worldwide.
VP, Television Development & Production, First Generation Films
As Vice President, Development and Production for First Generation Films’ television division, Mackenzie spearheads the acquisition, development, and production of new scripted series.
Previously serving as Director, Creative Affairs for leading global studio Entertainment One Television, Mackenzie has worked on numerous scripted half hours, one hours, and mini-series both within Canada and abroad. Most recently, she collaborated in the acquisition, development, and production of Global Television/Lifetime’s MARY KILLS PEOPLE, a provocative and darkly comic drama series created by Tara Armstrong, Executive Produced by Tassie Cameron (ROOKIE BLUE), and starring Caroline Dhavernas (HANNIBAL). She was involved in the development and production of the smash hit PRIVATE EYES, a new P.I. procedural for Global Television starring Jason Priestley, and the upcoming CBC event series, CAUGHT, based on Lisa Moore’s critically-acclaimed novel, and adapted by and starring Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, FRONTIER). She has served as Associate Producer on the CBC MOW, WISHING WELL from writer Sean Reycraft (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), and was involved in the development and production of several eOne series including BITTEN (Space/Syfy), MEN WITH BROOMS (CBC), and award-winning comedies CALL ME FITZ (TMN/Movie Central/Direct TV), and ALMOST HEROES (Showcase/Hulu).
In addition, Mackenzie has served on advisory committees, panels and juries across Canada including the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Festival, All Access Manitoba, the Vancouver International Film Festival Gatekeeper’s Panel, as well as the CSAs, the CFC, and many more.
Agent, The Jennifer Hollyer Agency Inc.
Born and raised in suburbia Toronto, Ilana toiled between her love of theatre and her passion for film before deciding that it was the film and television industry that was her calling – who could resist 14 hr days. After seven years on the front lines in the unpredictable world of production, Ilana was happy to settle in to the comfort and success of the Jennifer Hollyer Agency first as an assistant, working her way up to Agent. As a literary agent, Ilana represents some of Canada’s top screenwriters and producers helping them turn their ideas into television series and feature films or placing them on staff in a writing room, among many other gratifying roles.
Founder, Magee TV
Al Magee has created and produced hundreds of hours of innovative scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Award winning digital series include NIGHT CHEF, I KILL MONSTERS and ANDY & THE UPSIDE. He consulted on CBC’s REPUBLIC OF DOYLE and MR.D after completing two seasons as Showrunner on the comedy LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, after running his sit-com hybrid THE SMART WOMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE for W.
As the Creative Consultant to Showcase, he launched Showcase Originals and for eight years had a hand in every script, edit, casting and creative decision on such hits as TRAILER PARK BOYS, SLINGS & ARROWS, NAKED JOSH, BILLABLE HOURS, RENT-A-GOALIE, SHOW ME YOURS, MOOSE TV, KENNY VS. SPENNY, KINK and WEBDREAMS.
Under his banner Magee TV, Al created, produced and sold over 500 episodes of non fiction TV: DESIGNER GUYS, LOVE BY DESIGN, DESIGN RIVALS, SO CHIC, PARTYDISH, FIXING DINNER and international success EVERYDAY EXOTIC.
With over 50 feature film credits, Magee began as a writer and story editor on independent Canadian feature film on breakouts like ROADKILL and HIGHWAY 61.
As a trainer and mentor, Magee has been the CFC’s Professional in Residence for 20 years and designed and delivered multiple programs for the CFC, NSI, the Atlantic Film Festival, CBC Training, Telefilm, OMDC, numerous international broadcasters and universities. He is a past recipient of the WGC’s Alex Barris Mentor of the Year Award, and the Innovative Producer of the Year at the Banff Television Festival.
Production Executive, Original Drama Content, Corus Entertainment
As Production Executive, Original Drama Content for Corus Entertainment, Robin Neinstein oversees the development and production of multiple scripted series and co-productions for Corus channels including Global, History and Showcase. Recent productions include the Canada-Ireland co-production VIKINGS, starring Gabriel Byrne and Travis Fimmel, and the Emmy Award-winning mini-series WORLD WITHOUT END.
Prior to joining Corus, Robin was Executive in Charge of Production, Drama for CBC Television. Robin is an Emmy Award nominated producer and filmmaker. He co-founded production company Media Headquarters and directed the feature SOUVENIR OF CANADA, based on the bestselling book by Douglas Coupland. Robin started his career with Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the ACCT.
Producer, Aircraft Pictures
Armed with semi-useful degrees in Anatomy and Education, Andrew Rosen did the smart thing and went into the film business. Starting in 1995 as director’s assistant on BRAIN CANDY, Andrew has since worked in many production roles, including four years as a feature film production executive at Alliance. He then produced award-winning short films, and graduated from the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab. In 2005, Andrew co-founded Aircraft Pictures, producing film and television projects including the hit horror-comedy series TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, tween series WHAT’S UP WARTHOGS, the web-feature CYBERGEDDON, a web series for Microsoft Xbox and short films for SESAME STREET.
Executive in Charge of Production, Comedy Content at CBC
Karen Tsang is Executive in Charge of Production, Comedy Content at CBC, managing the development and production of original television series as well as various digital series. Karen currently oversees BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, MR. D, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, and the digital series MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMMATE.