From a media release:
TheÂ Canadian Film CentreÂ (CFC) andÂ Bell MediaÂ are pleased to welcome one of Canadaâ€™s top drama showrunnersÂ Bruce SmithÂ as the Executive Producer in Residence of theÂ 2019 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program. From September to December 2019, Smith will lead the story room as well as the six television writers selected to participate in this yearâ€™s program as they work together to develop Smithâ€™s original series.
Bruce Smith was most recently creator and showrunner ofÂ Street LegalÂ on CBC. Previously, he was the showrunner of CTV’s award-winning dramaÂ 19-2Â and ofÂ CrackedÂ (CBC). Over its four-season run,Â 19-2Â earned more than 30 Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including the win for Best Dramatic Series in 2016, when it was also nominated for an International Emmy in the same category. Additionally, Smith has worked as a writer/producer on numerous dramas, includingÂ Durham CountyÂ (HBO CANADA), and has penned multiple award-winning MOWs and miniseries, includingÂ The Sleep RoomÂ (CBC),Â Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas StoryÂ (CBC),Â The InvestigationÂ (CTV), andÂ John A: Birth of a CountryÂ (CBC), for which he won a 2013 Canadian Screen Award. Smith has received three WGC Screenwriting Awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award in 2015 and the McGrath Service Award in 2019.
The 2019 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program participants are:
- Henry CampbellÂ (BC)
- Imogen GraceÂ (ON)
- Amy HalloranÂ (QC)
- Rose NapoliÂ (ON)
- Lori-Ann RussellÂ (ON)
- Ian SteamanÂ (ON)
This yearâ€™s program begins on September 23, 2019.Â The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, now in its 20thÂ year, delivers a real-world story room experience and an intense professional and project development process for six TV writers a year. The program has attracted some of Canadaâ€™s most prolific and successful showrunners to lead the story room as Executive Producer in Residence, including Michael MacLennan, Karen Walton, Brad Wright, Dennis Heaton and Alexandra Zarowny. The program has played a vital role in developing numerous hit series through its story room, includingÂ TravelersÂ and the Emmy Award-winning seriesÂ Orphan Black.Â Learn more about the programÂ here.