From a media release:
TheÂ Canadian Film CentreÂ (CFC) is delighted to announce the six new residents who will be joining theÂ 2018 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association withÂ ABC Signature Studios,Â beginning Monday, September 24.
The program has attracted some of Canadaâ€™s best showrunners to lead the story room as its Executive Producer in Residence, including Dennis Heaton, Avrum Jacobson, Michael MacLennan, Graeme Manson, Karen Walton and Brad Wright. It helped develop smash-hit Emmy Award-winning seriesÂ Orphan BlackÂ and most recently, the critically acclaimed seriesÂ Travelers, which premieres its third season this fall.
This yearâ€™s residents are especially fortunate to work with in-demand CFC alumna and writer-producer,Â Alexandra Zarowny. Her work spansÂ Degrassi: The Next GenerationÂ toÂ Wynonna Earp,Â Murdoch MysteriesÂ toÂ BellevueÂ andÂ Private Eyes. Zarowny is ready to come full circle: “It cannot be understated, the enormous impact that the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program had in my own creative awakening as a television writer and content creator. The tools and insight gleaned from my training at the CFC still firmly clasped in hand, along with 15 years of career experience, will now be passed on to a stunningly talented team of young writers who are, Iâ€™m sure, thrilled to begin this journey, but who also have no idea just how significantly their lives are about to take a sharp turn into unimaginable adventures. Buckle up, everyone! There be a new group of writers coming down the CFC pipeline. As much as this program will change their lives, thereâ€™s no doubt in my mind that these new voices emerging in the television landscape will change yours as well.”
This yearâ€™s six writers have credits in film, television, theatre, music videos, branded content digital projects, along with an exciting range of professional and life experience.
Meet the Bell Media Prime Time TV Residents:
- Sophia FabiilliÂ is an award winning playwright, writer, actor and producer. Her play,Â The Philanderess, won the 2015 Second City Award for Best New Comedy and her co-created comedy-horror web series,Fatal Murder, is in development with Shaftesbury. Read full bioÂ here.
- Jessica MeyaÂ is a writer, community leader and co-founder of Working the Scene in Colour, a diversity initiative organizing live reads of original scenes written by writers of colour. Meya is a 2018 recipient of the Breakthrough Artist Award at The Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Read full bioÂ here.
- Michael RinaldiÂ is an actor and writer for theatre, television and film. His play,Â Toothpaste and CigarsÂ (co-written with TJ Dawe), was adapted as Michael Dowseâ€™s 2013 feature film,Â The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Read full bioÂ here.
- Mackenzie Sinclair, originally from Edmonton, is a 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conferenceâ€™s Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award recipient, where he developed his half-hour dramedy series,Â Snowflake, under the mentorship of writer/director Pat Mills. Read full bioÂ here.
- Veronika PazÂ is an actor, playwright, director and television writer. She studied sketch writing at New Yorkâ€™s Upright Citizens Brigade, trained as a performer at Pro Actorâ€™s Lab in Toronto and Barrow Group Theatre in New York, and is a 2018 recipient of the Toronto Screenwriting Conferenceâ€™s Al Magee Diverse Screenwriters Award. Read full bioÂ here.
- Heather TaylorÂ is a writer, director and co-founder of the creative studio, Cereal Made, in New York, with writing credits that include: the featureÂ The Last Thakur; the sci-fi web seriesÂ Raptured, currently in development as a TV series; and the award-winning shortÂ Stitched. Read full bioÂ here.