MM5 ADVISORY 2014

Christine Lim-Labossière

CEO/Founder, Merging Media Productions, Executive Director Merging Media Conference (2010 – 2015)

Christine Lim-Labossière is the CEO/Founder of Merging Media Productions Inc. and Executive Director of the annual Merging Media Conference, which she co-founded on Oct 17, 2010. An accomplished media professional with 30 years of experience in production, administration, operations & events management, Christine has worked for Telefilm Canada as an Investment Analyst, International Officer, and Western Region Officer for Industry Development.

Prior to launching Merging Media Productions Inc. in 2010, Christine was Manager for Industry Development & International Relations at New Media BC/DigiBC, the industry association for digital media in British Columbia, where she organized events and program initiatives. Her interest in International Relations & Venture Capital helped enhance her role as the director of key local digital media events such as the Vancouver International Partnering Forum & the Fusion Venture Forum.

Christine also runs a consultancy, Pentimento Productions, providing strategic advice to media companies and government agencies in Canada. Her clients have included Creative BC, the CBC, The Vancouver International Film Festival, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Vancouver Economic Commission, the BC Government, The Singapore Media Academy, and The Atlantic Film Festival.

Before arriving in Vancouver in 2001, where she currently resides, Christine held the position of the Deputy Director of the first Singapore Film Commission after enjoying an extensive career in film, stage and television. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, documentary producer & director. Her book “Spa Style Asia” and documentary, Healers – Journey into Ayurveda, produced for Discovery  Channel and filmed on location in India, is now available on Amazon.com

 Liz Shorten

CMPA-BC, Managing VP – Operations and Member Services

Liz Shorten joined the CFTPA-BC, now the Canadian Media Production Association-BC Producers’ Branch as Managing VP, Operations and Member Services, after two years as President of Media Skillset Consulting where she designed and delivered strategic initiatives to address gaps, challenges, and opportunities in the film, television and digital media sectors. An accomplished decision-maker with a strong record of performing in diverse program and policy environments, Liz has contributed at a senior management level as Partnerships Executive at CBC British Columbia, Manager, Marketing and Communications at British Columbia Film and Manager, Corporate Development at the Ontario Film Development Corporation. In 2006, Liz was recipient of the Women in Film Wayne Black Service Award in honour of her “behind-the scenes” work in support of the film and television industry in BC. Liz currently sits on a number of film program advisory committees and is an active member of the Crazy8s Film Society Board of Directors.

Moyra Rodger

Magnify Digital, CEO

Multi-­‐award winning producer Moyra Rodger has, for over 20 years, circled the globe creating prime time television, music, lifestyle and documentary programming.

Storytelling is Moyra’s passion and is always at the heart of her creative endeavors. Almost a decade ago she recognized the need to morph content across myriad platforms -­‐ both online and off. She also saw the need to maximize audience engagement and create interactive 360-­‐ degree dialogue.

Her digital focus, pioneering thought process and future-­‐thinking are entrenched in her company Magnify Digital, a front runner in creating eMarketing strategies for the digital world. Magnify’s powerful, proprietary web app ALERT®-­‐TV+ enables broadcasters and producers to drive dynamic audience engagement online and on air. ALERT®-­‐TV+ is the only tool of its kind, poised to revolutionize the way content producers engage and monetize audiences -­‐ before, during and after production.

Moyra is recognized as a thought leader on the subject of audience engagement, two-­‐way dialogue, and digital rights. She is a sought after speaker and North American business authority on the topic of digital engagement. She’s been teaching companies how to add digital strategy to their suite of services; better yet, she’s showing them how to make money at it.

Brian Seth Hurst

CEO, The Opportunity Management Company/Founder, Managing Partner, StoryTech

Brian Seth Hurst is CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and Founder, Managing Partner of StoryTech. He is regarded internationally as an expert in the construction, business modeling and maintenance of storyworlds for both content and brands; and the ongoing conversation/collaboration between the storyteller and the audience. He has been key strategist for innovation by some of the world’s best-known brands including TVGuide, Showtime, TiVo, Virgin America, BT, NBCUniversal, Endemol and Intel. Hurst is currently an executive producer on Tim Kring’s award winning multiplatform property “Conspiracy for Good.” He is also executive producer two new shows with Bunim/Murray on behalf of Social Experience Television Platform 7echo.

Hurst serves as Global Digital Ambassador for the International Emmy© Awards. In 2013 Hurst was awarded the Television Academy Interactive Media Peer Group Digertati Award for his contributions to the industry and the Emmy® organization; and was named one of the AlwaysOn Power Players in Digital Entertainment. He recently received the 2014 Producers Guild of America Marc A. Levey Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his service to the PGA and the new media industry. Brian has just joined the Merging Media Advisory Board as its Honorary US Advisor, for MM5.0, Canada’s Premier Annual Cross Media event.

About StoryTech™

StoryTech is a strategic consulting and packaging firm dedicated to informed collaboration between storytellers, including brands, and technology companies resulting in profitable business and content ventures. The company defined and sits at the center of the emerging content ecosystem providing production, distribution and engagement strategies which include Brand as Character®, matching master storytellers and brands for content creation, and storyworlding. StoryTech’s diverse client base has included, Bellum Entertainment, Intel, Endemol, FoxTV, Verizon Digital Services, Samsung, SUPERNAP amongst others. The companies educational division is known for initiatives such as StoryTech@CES and StoryTech@NAB that place technology and trends in contextual relevance for entertainment industry professionals.

Margaret Mardirossian

Founder/Executive Producer, Anaid Productions

A master storyteller and trailblazer, Margaret Mardirossian is the founder and executive producer of Anaïd Productions and oversees all aspects of Anaïd’s creative affairs.

A graduate of McGill University, Margaret’s passion for drama as a theatrical director and stage manager swept her into the film business where she began working from the ground up for several movie productions, including a stint on the epic Japanese film, Heaven and Earth. At the same time, she honed her film expertise and her business acumen and began working on her first documentary in 1993, Ronnie Burkett: A Line of Balance, which won the Canadian Conference of the Arts Rogers Award for most innovative documentary. The rest, as they say, is history and Anaïd Productions was born.

Since then, Margaret has produced over 300 hours of television, including the Gemini award-winning series Mentors (Family Channel), Taking It Off (Life Network) which was also featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the internationally acclaimed X‑Weighted (Slice).

Margaret’s additional credits include Executive Producer of The Liquidator (OLN) currently in it’s 4th season, Hail Mary (Citytv), The Rig (OLN), The Quon Dynasty (Citytv and OMNI) winner of the 2012 Alberta Film and Television Award for Best Documentary Series, and Family Restaurant (Food Network Canada), which garnered the 2009 Banff Rockie Grand Prize for Best Entertainment Program as well as the Rockie award for Best Lifestyle/Information Program.

Margaret was Executive Producer of XWEIGHTED.COM, a companion website for the television series and winner of the 2010 nextMEDIA Digital Hot List competition. Additionally she produced X-Weighted Connect, a one-day live event in three cities and two 26-week cycles of an exciting and inspiring national weight loss challenge.

Margaret’s passion for promoting Canadian talent and stories has led her to serve on Boards such as the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association, Alberta Economic Development Authority, and The Banff Center where she felt she could influence fiscal policies that ensure a stable and robust industry.

In 2000, Margaret was a recipient of the Global Television’s “Woman of Vision” award.

Alison Norrington

CEO, Founder & Chief Creative Director, storycentral

Alison Norrington is a writer/producer, CEO, Founder & Chief Creative Director of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates, develops and amplifies storyworlds and cross media properties with global partners in film, television, publishing and gaming.

Alison and her team are working with filmmakers, writers, publishers, broadcasters, storytellers and technology start ups globally on incubating new franchises, participative experiences, production, story architecture, mythology and planning, prototyping, audience development & engagement and utilizing social media.

As CEO/CCO of storycentral, Alison has worked on a range of intellectual properties that are founded on robust story worlds and have genuine and relevant touch points across a host of media channels.

Alison is a best-selling novelist and playwright, with an MA in Creative Writing & New Media and a PhD researcher. She has worked with and consulted to Walt Disney Imagineering, FOX International, Harlequin Mills & Boon, F&W Media, Eurovision Broadcasting Union, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, SVT and First Hand Films.

Alison is writer and producer of webseries The Loedown, author of 3 bestselling novels – Class Act, Look Before You Leap and Three of a Kind and creator of the first transmedia romcom Staying Single. She has also written plays A Fish & A Bonsai and Pistols at Dawn.

Alison is the European Academy (EBU) specialist Eurovision Transmedia Masterclass trainer and runs workshops, training programs and storycentrallabs throughout Europe and US. She is a judge for a series of global media festivals including Banff World Media Festival, Publishing Innovation Awards, IFP Fund Canada and Transmedia Next.

Alison was Conference Chair for StoryWorld Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, is a TEDx speaker and has presented at a number of conferences including Digital Book World, London Book Fair, Asia Media Summit, Eurovision TV Summit, London Screenwriters Festival and Story Expo LA, tapping her expertise in building transmedia properties and digital content for commercial and niche audiences.

She is featured on the BAFTA Guru series and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film & TV and the Romantic Novelists Association.

Andrew Williamson

VP Production & Digital at Lark Productions

As VP Production & Digital at Lark Productions, Andrew oversees all series in production in addition to the digital media slate.

He recently produced Gastown Gamble for OWN Canada and prior to Lark, Andrew produced the feature Sk8 Life which premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival as well as The Mountie in association with Telefilm Canada. His thirteen-part webseries for the Yukon and Federal Governments launched in New York’s Times Square.

Andrew was previously Head of Development for Keatley Entertainment, founder of Crazy8s and Director of Industrial Relations at the CMPA.

Andrew is Executive Producer of a new docu-series ‘Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH’ for The Knowledge Network and ‘High Moon’, a pilot co-venture with Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producer Brian Fuller.

Marguerite Pigott

Vice President, Outreach and Strategic Initiatives CMPA

Marguerite Pigott is Vice President, Outreach and Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). She is responsible for CMPA’s national digital strategy, Prime Time conference and other initiatives aimed at increasing capacity for Canadian producers. Previously, she was Super Channel’s Head of Creative Development. She handled the pre-licensing of original Canadian series, feature films and documentaries, and directed a team of development executives to invest Super Channel’s Development Fund. Marguerite also served as Vice President of Development and Production for Odeon Films, an Alliance Atlantis Company, for whom she Executive Produced Saint Ralph, Fubar, waydowntown and many others. For the Toronto International Film Festival, Marguerite programmed the Canadian feature film selection for the 2006 and 2007 festivals. Marguerite was also Principal of Megalomedia Inc., a consulting company focused on project development and marketability. Through Megalomedia she was Executive Story Consultant for the TV series Played (Bell Media) and Bomb Girls (Shaw, Reelz) and story edited the feature films One Week, Still Mine, My Awkward Sexual Adventure and many more. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Ben West

Co-Founder, Eventbase and Intergalactic Agency

Ben West is the co-founder of the companies Eventbase and Intergalactic Agency which maintain offices in Vancouver, Canada, and London, UK. Eventbase creates mobile apps for some of the world’s biggest events including the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, London 2012 Olympics, Sochi 2014 Olympics, Sundance Film Festival, South By Southwest, Disney, ESPN, Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Lions, Isle of Wight Festival, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and hundreds more. Intergalactic is a digital agency specializing in custom mobile apps, interactive installations, websites, software development and visualizations. Intergalactic’s clients include the Oracle Education Foundation, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Telus, BMW, BC Liquor Stores, Mental Health Canada, the Calgary Stampede and other global brands. Ben has presented as both a speaker and panel member on a range of technical and business topics at events including SXSW in Austin, LLGA in San Francisco, Google in London, and other events in Boston, New York, Vancouver, and more.

From 1996-2002 Ben architected, built and operated the technical systems of StockHouse.com which was the largest website in Canada during the dot com era and one of the largest financial websites in the world with over one billion dynamic page views per year. Ben was selected as one of Business in Vancouver’s “40 Under 40” and has a BA Honours in Media Studies from Queen’s University.

Nancy Mott

Manager, Digital Entertainment and Interactive, Vancouver Economic Commission

As Manager, Digital Entertainment and Interactive at the Vancouver Economic Commission, Nancy Mott works strategically to grow and strengthen the Vancouver screen-based industry as well as to support the local businesses that form the basis of this sector. Included in her portfolio are film, television, visual effects and animation, gaming 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.

Angela Heck

Communications Consultant / Producer

Angela Heck is an independent consultant with more than 25 years experience as a producer and communications specialist in the Canadian content sector with a focus on documentary and digital media.

Her most recent roles include writer/researcher to develop the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and leading business development at Tactica Interactive where she works with the team to create and market high-impact, engaging interactive digital media projects.

Known for projects such as One Ocean and Tiga Talk, Tactica’s acclaimed cross-platform projects have won awards at the Canadian New Media and Signature awards and garnered nominations at the Gemini and Rockie (Banff World Media Festival) awards. Clients and collaborators include CBC, APTN, Rogers Media, Corus, Frantic Films, Force Four Entertainment, Merit Motion Pictures, Buffalo Gal, May Street Productions, and the National Screen Institute.

Her past roles include leading public relations in Western Canada for the National Film Board of Canada; industry programmer, Whistler Film Festival; and senior communications at CBC. She has produced award-winning documentaries with her company Fringe Filmworks, Inc., most recently The Explorer’s Club, a 5-part television co-production with Germany’s Florianfilm GmbH for ZDF/arte.

Angela holds an M.A. in political and cultural theory (University of Victoria) where her thesis focused on the political utility of Inuit art. She holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba.

An active volunteer, Angela is on the board of Jazz Winnipeg and a past board member of the University of Manitoba, Women in Film and Television Vancouver and DOC-BC. She is a member of the Canadian Media Production Association where she sits on the regulatory committee and co-chairs the member development and outreach committee.

Dennis Leong

Director of Interactive Production, Nerd Corps Entertainment

Dennis serves as Director of Interactive Production at Nerd Corps Entertainment. He has produced the popular kids mobile game Slugterra: Slug it Out! as well as Marble Minions and the upcoming Slugslinger Showdown. He also lead the development of the digital media aspects for the Nerd Corps shows League of Super Evil and Rated A For Awesome. Dennis guides the long term digital media strategies for Nerd Corps Entertainment. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science.

David Gratton

CEO, Work at Play

David’s been working in digital media since 1999. He’s been recognized for his expertise in developing innovative digital media technologies and utilizing cutting-edge digital design techniques. Notably, he started Canada’s first weekly live video streaming program, and developed the first direct-to-fan music store for independent artists. He’s been deeply involved in some of the Web’s early media defining projects like BMW Films, PBS.org’s Commanding Heights, and Apple’s QuickTime technology. His company Work at Play designs and develops digital experiences for some of North America and Europe’s biggest media companies.

Tim Carter

Owner / Producer / Writer, Contradiction Films

A writer and producer and co-owner of Contradiction, Tim most recently produced MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY for Warner Bros. In 2010 he was one of the producers and writers on Contradiction’s indie feature THE CHATEAU MEROUX. Since creating Contradiction with Tomas Harlan in 2004 he has sold a feature, THE DEMONSTRATION, to Gold Circle Films and a television show, QUARANTINE, to Paramount/CBS. He has written for several AAA console gaming titles and continues to act as a creative consultant in the gaming realm. Tim has a B.A. and M.A. in political Science and served as a media analyst and expert in international affairs, terrorism, and warfare for a variety of Canadian news outlets. He is currently writing a new digital series and writing new IP for two large game publishers.